On Thursday, Miami Hurricanes DE Demetrius Jackson was named to the All-State AFCA Good Works Team. This honor was earned through Jackson’s palpable contributions to and involvement in community service.
Here’s more on this from UM Athletics:
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – University of Miami defensive lineman Demetrius Jackson is one of 146 nominees for the 2017 Allstate American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Good Works Team®.
Jackson, who was a recipient of the ACC Top Six Award for Service in 2016, is an active member in the Miami community. Jackson established a community group called Young Men of Tomorrow, an organization which aims to help young kids make good choices in school and in the community.
In addition, the redshirt junior has made multiple community outreach visits to Carver Elementary School as part of the football team’s community outreach program. He also has assisted with local parades in the Miami neighborhood of Overtown and spent dozens of hours with children at the Boys and Girls Club of Miami.
Following the 2016 season, Jackson was honored with the Hurricanes’ Community Service Man of the Year Award.
On the field in 2016, Jackson saw action in 11 games and made a single-season best six starts. He also totaled single-season bests in tackles (28) and sacks (2.5).
Since 1992, the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® has brought together a select group of college football players from across the country to honor their dedication to volunteerism and enriching the lives of others. While players are often recognized for their accomplishments and achievements on game day, these student-athletes have made significant contributions to the greater good of society, inspiring future generations of young athletes and the larger college football community.
The student-athletes nominated for this esteemed award embody the true spirit of teamwork and selflessness, donating their limited free time to helping and serving others. From founding a non-profit that helps orphans secure jobs in the workforce to raising funds and awareness for childhood cancer research, the 2017 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® nominees may wear different jerseys on the field, but they all exemplify a superior commitment to giving back off of it.
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, the final roster of 22 award recipients will be unveiled in September. From the nominees submitted by sports information directors across the nation on behalf of their schools, a special voting panel consisting of former Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® members and prominent college football media members will select the 2017 Good Works Team®. Two-time national champion, Heisman Trophy winner and 2009 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® member Tim Tebow will headline the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® voting panel.
In addition to Tebow and Clarkson, the 2017 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® selection panel members includes: former Good Works Team® members Zaid Abdul-Aleem (Duke, 1994 team), Matt Stinchcomb (Georgia, 1997, 1998 teams), Brian Brenberg (St. Thomas, 2001 team), Mike Proman (Amherst, 2002 team) and Wes Counts (Middle Tennessee State, 1999 team); media members Kirk Herbstreit (ESPN), Blair Kerkhoff (Kansas City Star) and Paul Myerberg (USA TODAY); current AFCA President and University of Arizona head coach Rich Rodriguez; 2001 AFCA President and current athletic director at Virginia Union University Joe Taylor.
Once the final team members are announced in September, college football fans are encouraged to visit the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® website on ESPN.com, featuring profiles and images of the players, for the opportunity to vote for the 2017 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® Captain. Throughout the season, fans can also follow along and join in on the conversation by searching and using #GoodWorksTeam on their social media channels.
In order to meet the criteria set forth by Allstate and the AFCA, each player must be actively involved with a charitable organization or service group while maintaining a strong academic standing.
Jackson has been openly vocal about his desire to impact his community, and has taken steps to make that a reality. This award is something that Jackson has a strong chance of winning, not because of false bravado and posturing, but through sincere interest and hard work.