Khalil Oliver is the ninth Missouri player on summer watchlists.
Missouri Tigers senior safety Khalil Oliver was named to the watchlist for the Wuerffel Trophy. The award is given to the player who best combines exemplary community service with athletic and academic achievement.
The list begins with 93 players from the FBS. This is a cool trophy and it’s a bit different since it allows players to show off how college football can help people outside of Saturdays when they take the field.
This is Oliver’s first year on the watchlist.
Ten players return from 2018. Past players who won the award include Tim Tebow, Barrett Jones, Matt Barkley and Drue Tranquill — last year’s winner.
Oliver is a recent graduate at Mizzou and has one year of eligibility remaining.
As for on the field, he will be in a camp battle with senior Ronnell Perkins for one of the three starting positions at safety.
Tyree Gillespie and Joshuah Bledsoe currently start at the strong and free spots.
Oliver appeared in 25 games his first two years in college when he was a member of the Oregon Ducks.
He transferred to Mizzou in 2018 after sitting out the 2017 season. Oliver made five starts last season and recorded 40 tackles and a fumble recovery.
Now that the Wueffel watchlist is announced, that leaves just one final preseason nomination — the Walter Camp Award watchlist. It will be announced Friday. That would conclude the 16 awards that have preseason watchlists.
So far, nine Mizzou players have been added to the lists, including Albert Okwuegbunam and Cale Garrett, who have been named to multiple. Others include Tucker McCann, Tre’Vour Wallace-Simms, Trystan Colon-Castillo, Kelly Bryant, Larry Rountree and DeMarkus Acy, to go along with Oliver.