Liberty redshirt senior punter Trey Turner is one of 146 nominees for the 2017 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®, as announced by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) earlier today.
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.
Turner is the third Flames football player to be a nominee for the AFCA Good Works Team®. Defensive lineman Chima Uzowihe was the program's first nominee in 2015, while linebacker Dexter Robbins was a nominee in 2016.
During his time at Liberty, Turner has dedicated a substantial amount of time volunteering in the local Lynchburg community through events like reading days, working as a part of the Nathan Norman Team Impact leadership group, assisting with the Dollar Makes A Difference campaign, the Hop on Pop Reading Day book collection and much more.
Turner is the most decorated of Liberty's four 2017 team captains, having earned All-Big South honors his first three seasons at Liberty (first team – 2014 and 2016; second team – 2015).
Turner has ranked second in the Big South in punting the last two seasons, averaging 40.3 yards per punt in 2015 and posting a 41.0 average in 2016. The native of Rome, Ga., has averaged 40.0 or more yards per punt in 20 of 36 career games and enters his senior year with the top career punting average in school history (41.0 yards per punt).
Turner was one of 19 FCS nominees for the 2017 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® and one of two Big South players named to the listing (Kennesaw State's Luther Jones).
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.
"Allstate is immensely honored to partner with the AFCA for the 10th year to help pay tribute to these players and their off-the-field ‘good works' that often go unnoticed and unrewarded," said Thomas Clarkson, president of the west territory for Allstate Insurance Company and a member of the 2017 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® voting panel. "The individuals nominated to the 2017 Good Works Team® are making a positive impact and uniting communities across the country through service, showing what's possible when you put all hands in and give back."
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.
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