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Wyatt Benson nominated for 'Good Works' team

Temple linebacker Wyatt Benson was just announced as a nominee for the 2013 Allstate American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Good Works Team. The team is generally considered the most prestigious off-the-field honor in college football.

Wyatt Benson nominated for 'Good Works' team

Temple linebacker Wyatt Benson.(AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
Temple linebacker Wyatt Benson.(AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Temple linebacker Wyatt Benson was just announced as a nominee for the 2013 Allstate American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Good Works Team. The team is generally considered the most prestigious off-the-field honor in college football.

The Allstate AFCA Good Works Team pays special recognition to a select group of football players who have made a commitment to improving the lives of others in their respective communities.

In 2012, Benson, a senior, played in all 11 games, making two starts at linebacker. He earned 2012 Big East All-Academic Team honors.

Off the field he distinguished himself by reading to Philadelphia school children during Read Across America Day; volunteering in the Southwest Airlines/Rondald McDonald House Plane Pull Fundraiser; and working with more than 500 kids as counselor at Rhawnhurst, Baker and H-Park Football Camps.

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This season there are a record 151 nominees for the team. The final roster of 22 recipients – culled from 11 players from the NCAA Football Subdivision and 11 players from the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision, Divisions II, III and NAIA – will be announced in Sept.

Past members of the team include Super Bowl winning quarterbacks Eli and Peyton Manning, and Heisman Trophy winning quarterbacks Robert Griffin III and Tim Tebow. 

About this blog
Keith Pompey has been an Inquirer reporter since September 2004. He takes over the Sixers beat after covering the Temple men’s basketball team for the past three years and Temple football the past two seasons. Pompey also previously covered the Penn and Drexel men’s basketball team and Villanova football team after initially focusing on high school sports.

Pompey is a native Philadelphian and a University of Pittsburgh graduate. Follow him on Twitter @PompeyOnSixers or reach Keith at kpompey@phillynews.com.

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