BIRMINGHAM, Alabama - Three SEC football student-athletes - Jake Fromm (QB, Georgia), Landon Young (OL, Kentucky), Spencer Eason-Riddle (LB, South Carolina) - were named to the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Good Works Team on Thursday. Narrowed from a list of 137 nominees these players stood out for their leadership in local communities and overall commitment to giving back. Only 11 student-athletes nationally were named to this distinguished squad on the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) level.
Eason-Riddle, a junior from Raleigh, N.C., is a two-time member of the SEC Community Service Team. He was named recipient of the 2018 Dr. Harris Pastides Outstanding Student-Athlete and the 2017 USC Co-Community Service Award. Eason-Riddle has volunteered regularly at the VA Hospital, met with cancer patients, and read to children multiple times. He has played in both of South Carolina's games this season.
Fromm, a junior from Warner Robins, Ga., has made a number of community service contributions, including his involvement with Extra Special People, an organization assisting individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. He has been a visitor to Camp Sunshine, a facility which provides recreational, educational and support programs for children with cancer and their families. Fromm has also visited patients at hospitals in Athens and Atlanta. He has thrown for 322 yards and a pair of touchdowns this season.
Young has donated his time to several community service projects in his three-year career, which includes visiting a local nursing home for a pre-Super Bowl party to give joy to the residents, being a guest speaker at local churches and elementary schools on seven different occasions, volunteering at Habitat for Humanity, helping decorate Lexington's Hope Center, a recovery program for women, with Christmas decorations, and volunteering with Lexington Christian Church to do yard work for members not physically able to take care of their yard.
Since the recognition program began, the SEC leads all conferences with 75 football student-athletes honored. Georgia is in first place with 20 honorees, followed by Kentucky and Nebraska with 15. Super Bowl XLII, XLVI and XLI champion quarterbacks Eli and Peyton Manning were members of the 2002 and 1997 Allstate AFCA Good Works Teams, respectively.
The Allstate AFCA Good Works Team was established in 1992, by the College Football Association, to recognize extra efforts by players and student support staff off the field. AFCA became the governing body of the award in 1997 and continues to honor players who go the extra mile for those in need.