ATHENS — Say this for Georgia: Its players certainly know how to do some good work off the field.
Jeb Blazevich became the latest Bulldog to be recognized for that. The junior tight end from Charlotte was named to the 2016 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team on Thursday. Blazevich is one of 12 FBS players selected based on their commitment to community service. He is one of two SEC players to make the team this year.
UGA leads the nation in Allstate AFCA Good Works honorees with 17 since the award’s inception in 1992, including five in the last six years. The previous 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, who was inducted into the UGA’s Leadership Education and Development (L.E.A.D.) program, was recognized for 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 played in all 28 of Georgia’s games — starting 24 — since signing with the Bulldogs out of Charlotte Christian High in 2014. He has 33 catches for 413 yards and three touchdowns in his career.