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Burgess Nominated for 2014 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team
Liberty's Jonathan Burgess is among the record-setting 182 football players nominated for the 2014 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® recently announced by the America Football Coaches Association (AFCA).
Since its establishment in 1992, the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® has existed to pay tribute to the "good" in college football that extends beyond the wins and the losses. While balancing academics and athletics, the select group of student-athletes nominated by their respective colleges and universities has committed their limited free time to having a lasting impact on their communities.
Burgess was among the 92 players nominated from FCS, Division II, Division III and NAIA teams, while the nominee listing was rounded out with 90 FBS players.
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 2014 Good Works Team® will be unveiled in September.
The 2014 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® voting panel 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); media members Lou Holtz (ESPN), Kirk Herbstreit (ESPN), Bruce Feldman (Fox Sports), Blair Kerkhoff (Kansas City Star); current AFCA President and Ithaca College head coach Mike Welch; 1987 AFCA President and former head coach at BYU LaVell Edwards; and Jim Haskins, president of Allstate's West Territory.
Once the final team members are announced in September, fans are encouraged to visit the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® website on ESPN.com, which will feature profiles and images of the players, for the opportunity to vote for the team captains.
In order to meet the criteria set forth by Allstate and the AFCA, each player must be actively involved and committed to working with a charitable organization or service group, while maintaining a strong academic standing.
Burgess, who was voted a team captain during the spring, earned Big South All-Conference and VaSID All-State second-team honors in 2013. He started nine games last year and tied for the highest grade on the offensive line. He led the team with 69 knockdown and allowed only one sack.
Off the field, Burgess has been a member of Liberty's Student-Athlete Advisor Committee (S.A.A.C.) for the past year and attended this summer's Big South Leadership Conference.
Burgess has been an active volunteer at many area elementary school events, including the Linkhorne Elementary School Keep Literacy Alive Day, Bass Elementary School Career Day and Payne Elementary School Hawaiian Night.
Burgess also helped with Liberty's Keep it Moving with Character Camp this summer, a free camp for local area youth organized by Liberty Academic Affairs for Athletics.