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Auburn WR Jonathan Wallace recognized for work in the community with national award

Michael Niziolek

mniziolek@ledger-enquirer.com

Auburn wide receiver Jonathan Wallace and defensive lineman Carl Lawson have represented the team as captains to open the first two weeks of the season.

Coach Gus Malzahn confirmed Tuesday that the two will be the Tigers’ captains the entire season, and were picked in a combined vote by coaches and players.

Malzahn also signaled out Wallace for praise in announcing the senior wide receiver was being honored as part of the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Good Works team.

“One of our leaders, been one of our leaders around here for a long time,” Malzahn said. “It's always good to see good things happen to good people.”

The AFCA Good Works team recognizes college football players who dedicate their time, and effort to making a positive impact in the community.

Student athletes are nominated during the summer, and 22 players -- 11 players from FBS schools, and 11 from FCS schools --  are selected to receive the award by a panel of media members, former players and current coaches.

The panel picked this year’s AFCA Good Works team from an all-time record 197 nominations.

Wallace earned his nomination for his contributions as a youth mentor with the faith-based Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) program, and time spent volunteering at the Auburn/Opelika Boys and Girls Club.

All the recipients of the award are invited to the 2016 Allstate Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, where they will be honored at halftime. They will also take part in a special youth football clinic as part of the pregame festivities.

Fans looking to support Wallace can vote for him as the 2015 AFCA Good works team captain. Voting runs through Nov. 25, 2015 at www.ESPN.com/Allstate

Michael Niziolek covers Auburn football for the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. Email him at mniziolek@ledger-enquirer.com or follow him on Twitter, Facebook or Google+

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