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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich
The ACC is loaded with talented players, but some are even better people. Five conference players were announced recently as nominees for the Allstate / AFCA Good Works Team®.
ESPN's Lou Holtz is serving as the spokesperson for the program. From the list of 106 nominees, two 11-player teams -- one for the FBS and the other for the FCS -- will be announced during the 2009 college football season.
Here are the ACC's nominees, and a short write-up on each from the press release:
Tyrod Taylor, quarterback, Virginia Tech
Taylor volunteers at Herma's Readers, an organization founded by Hokies coach Frank Beamer which donates books to local schools. He also regularly visits patients at local hospitals and has served as speaker for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, talking to students about faith.
Xavier Dye, wide receiver, Clemson
Dye participated in a mission trip to New Orleans with the Clemson Collegiate Fellowship of Christian Athletes. The speedy wideout also tutors a middle school student in Clemson once a week and regularly serves as a speaker at both elementary schools and children's hospitals, offering inspiration and teaching respect.
Kevin Jones, punter, Duke
Jones organized a team-wide clothing drive, donating clothing and shoes to a non-profit organization. While most of his peers spent last spring break relaxing, Jones traveled to New Orleans where he volunteered with Habitat for Humanity to help rebuild homes destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.
Kyle Jolly, offensive tackle, North Carolina
Jolly plays an active role in helping the Hillsborough community by building houses for Habitat for Humanity and visiting schools to speak with students. He also spent the last holiday season shopping and wrapping gifts for underprivileged families.
Benjamin Wooster, tight end, Wake Forest
Wooster serves as an emergency room volunteer at Wake Forest's Baptist Medical Center. He also participated in the Make A Wish Foundation's fundraiser to support the local Carolina chapter and currently volunteers at the Alzheimer's Day Care Center.