Cal football running back Patrick Laird named to Wuerffel Trophy watchlist

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Cal redshirt senior running back Patrick Laird earned preseason honors for the fourth time as he was added to the watchlist for the Wuerffel Trophy. The player who receives this annual national award is the player who best combines exemplary community service with athletic and academic achievement.

In addition to the Wuerffel Trophy watchlist, Laird is also a nominee for the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team as well as a preseason candidate for the Doak Walker Award and Maxwell Award.

As a junior, Laird played in 11 games with eight starts and produced 191 rushes, 1,127 yards rushing and eight touchdowns on the ground, in addition to 45 receptions, 322 yards receiving and one touchdown catch. His exceptional receiving performance brought him the most yards by a Cal running back since 1988. With 1,449 total yards, Laird finished the season with team-high yardage.

However, performance off the field is also important to Laird. He is currently hosting the Patrick Laird Summer Reading Challenge: a competition in which participants receive an opportunity to meet Laird and four tickets to Cal’s 2018 season opener against North Carolina at California Memorial Stadium.

Contact Carson Lang at [email protected].