ATHENS, Ga. — Georgia junior tight end Jeb Blazevich was named to the 2016 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team on Thursday. Blazevich is one of 12 players from the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) selected based on their commitment to community service.
For 25 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 12 players chosen from the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), Divisions II, III and the NAIA. This year, in recognition of the team’s 25th anniversary, Allstate and the AFCA added three additional spots to the team, including the honorary head coach (Miami’s Mark Richt), bringing the final roster to 25 members.
Blazevich, a native of Charlotte, N.C., is one of only two players from Southeastern Conference on the FBS 2016 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team.
Georgia leads the nation in Allstate AFCA Good Works Team honorees with 17 since the award’s inception in 1992, including five in the last six years. 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, Chris Conley in 2014 and Malcolm Mitchell in 2015.
Blazevich was inducted into the UGA Athletic Association’s Leadership Education and Development (L.E.A.D.) program and has been active in a variety of community service activities. His service includes: working with “Learn, Play, Excel” to educate and provide leadership for elementary and middle school students; visiting Camp Sunshine and spending time with children who have cancer; volunteering for Countdown to Kickoff, a benefit for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, the Georgia Transplant Foundation and the UGA College of Education, and with Extra Special People, an organization assisting individuals with developmental disabilities and their families, among other charities.
On the field, Blazevich has started 24 games and played in all 28 games since starting his career in 2014. He has 33 catches for 413 yards and three touchdowns in his career.
The No. 16 Bulldogs (2-0) travel to Columbia, Mo., this weekend to face Missouri (1-1) in both teams’ first SEC matchup of the season. The SEC Network will televise the game at 7:30 p.m. ET on Saturday.