ATLANTA – 11 local college football players have been nominated for the 2017 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, one of the most prestigious off-the-field honors in college football.

The players nominated are uniting the college football community and showing what’s possible when you put all hands in and give back.

Atlanta native Rashard Fant boasts an impressive resume of accomplishments, including co-founding “Men of Valor Excelling” (M.O.V.E), a cultural and racial awareness support program.

Fant also volunteers at Camp Riley, a camp that empowers children with physical disabilities by providing life-changing experiences in a camp environment tailored to their individual needs.

University of Georgia defensive back and Locust Grove native, Aaron Davis’ community service includes joining the nationwide fight to end bullying and domestic violence by working with the UGA Student Athletic Advisory Committee’s production of a PSA against domestic violence and sexual assault.

He also participates in the Project Safe program, a local nonprofit working to end domestic violence through prevention and educational programs.

College Park native, A.J. Cole’s community service includes visiting Kenya on mission trips over the last four years with his teammates and peers, to teach children at Mountain Park Academy various school subjects and athletic skills.

Other nominees from the Atlanta-area include:

  • Matthew Jordan (Georgia Institute of Technology)
  • Myles Campbell (Duluth, GA)
  • Spencer Smith (Newnan, GA)
  • Tyler Newsome (Carrollton, GA)
  • Michael Wenclawiak (Berry College and Powder Springs native)
  • Luther Jones (Kennesaw State University and Blairsville native)
  • Trey Turner (Rome, GA)
  • Thomas Marchman (Gainesville native)

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From the 146 nominees, a final roster of 22 award recipients - comprised of 11 players from the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision and 11 players from the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision, Divisions II, III and the NAIA - will be unveiled in September.