Texas senior linebacker Naashon Hughes has been nominated for the 2017 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, according to the American Football Coaches Association.
The award, launched in 1992, recognizes college football athletes who have serve their communities while also excelling academically and on the field.
Hughes is one of 146 nominees for the award, and there will be a final roster of 22 award recipients (11 Division I athletes, and 11 players in Divisions II, III, and the NAIA).
Hughes’ commitment to service includes mentoring students from elementary schools in the Austin area and participating in TexasTHON, a dance marathon which raised more than $175,000 for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals at Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas in Austin.
The senior also served on the Explore UT Student-Athlete Panel, where he spoke to children about the University of Texas, and the importance of a college education in general.