Lewellen and Randall Burden visiting a Birmingham hospital. (Photo from the St. Petersberg Times)
It’s like the preseason specialty teams writers and award watch list makers are trying to feed our appetites. For the past week or two we have seen a number of Kentucky football names pop up on themed teams and award watch lists, and we have yet another to add to the growing list. The Allstate Good Works Team is a team selected by looking at the community services performed by players nation wide. The team “recognizes the selfless contributions to volunteerism and community service made by college football athletes,” and this year, Kentucky junior defensive end Jacob Lewellen was nominated for the honor.
According to the SEC blog at ESPN, Lewellen befriended a 3 year old cancer patient in Lexington ‘visiting him frequently.’ However he may also be commended for a mission trip to Nicaragua he made in March of 2010 – and yet again for helping flood victims. Lewellen has seen limited playing time (to the tune of three games,) but has been productive when he has made it to the field. I wouldn’t be surprised if his is a name that comes up a lot going into his Senior season (a year from now,) both for his potential on the field and his work off of it.