Georgia senior receiver Malcolm Mitchell was named to the 2015 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team on Tuesday. Mitchell is one of 11 players from the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) selected based on their commitment to community service.
For 24 years, the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) has recognized a select group of college football players committed to making a difference in their communities. There were also 11 players chosen from the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), Divisions II, III and the NAIA to comprise the 22-player team. Mitchell is one of three Southeastern Conference players on the FBS 2015 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team.
Georgia leads the nation in Allstate AFCA Good Works team honorees with 16 since the award’s inception in 1992. The Bulldogs’ previous Good Works Team honorees are Alec Millen in 1992, Travis Jones in 1993, Brian Smith in 1995, Matt Stinchcomb in 1997 and 1998, Brett Millican in 2000, Jon Stinchcomb in 2001, David Greene in 2003, D.J. Shockley in 2005, Quentin Moses in 2006, Kelin Johnson in 2007, Jeff Owens in 2009, Aron White in 2011, Aaron Murray in 2012 and Chris Conley in 2014.
Mitchell, a senior from Valdosta, Ga., was the 2015 recipient of the Hornsby Howell Community Service Award for Georgia’s 600 student-athletes in 21 sports. He gained national attention for his “Reading With Malcolm” program, which launched following news coverage about his new-found love of reading while at UGA. In addition, Mitchell’s lengthy community service activities include: taking part in Usher’s New Look Foundation; speaking at UGA’s “Learn, Play, Excel” initiative at elementary and middle schools; visiting Camp Sunshine for children with cancer; assisting Clarke Middle School’s Community Enrichment program; taking part in 9-year-old Gage Tanner’s “Dawg Fight Against Cancer” fund raiser; and speaking to the Athens Boys and Girls Club.
On the field, Mitchell has started both of Georgia’s games in 2015 and has a team-high seven catches for 88 yards, including a 28-yard touchdown pass against ULM. For his career, Mitchell now has started 34 of 36 games played with 120 receptions for 1,573 yards and 12 touchdowns.