Matt Dobson, the senior safety for Georgia Southern University’s football team and Monticello resident, has recently been nominated for two awards that focus on athletes that are committed to community service. He is one of 197 football players nominated for the 2015 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team and one of 80 players that have been placed on the Wuerffel Trophy Watch List. The Wuerffel Trophy is awarded to the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) player that best combines exemplary community service with athletic and academic achievement. Dobson is a four-year member of Georgia Southern's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and is very active in the community. He volunteers at the Boys and Girls Club and for Special Olympics and has participated in Relay for Life and Walk a Mile in Her Shoes in addition to Real Men Read and Red Ribbon Week at William James Middle School. The Allstate AFCA Good Works Team has recognized college football players from across the country who exemplify a superior commitment to community service and volunteerism.
This is the most esteemed off the field honor in college football. The final roster of the 22 award recipients will be revealed in September. The team will be 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 Wuerffel Trophy, known as "College Football's Premier Award for Community Service," is presented annually to the FBS player that best combines exemplary community service with athletic and academic achievement. The award was named after Danny Wuerffel, the 1996 Heisman Trophy winning quarterback from the University of Florida. Dobson finished his junior campaign with 62 tackles, three interceptions and three pass breakups to earn second-team All-Sun Belt honors. He carries a 3.70 grade point average and was named to the Georgia Southern President's List for posting a 4.0 in the 2015 spring semester. He is the son of Ronda and Terry Dobson of Monticello. He is the grandson of Ron and Martha Smoak of Madison and the late George and Loa Lee Dobson of Greenville. He is a member of Landmark Baptist Church of Madison.
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1. Matt Dobson