On Tuesday, the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) selected Virginia Cavaliers punter Lester Coleman as one of their nominees for the 2018 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team.
Coleman, a senior from Martinsville, Virginia, had a breakout season for the Hoos in 2017, earning second team All-ACC honors and finishing fourth in the conference with an average of 43.7 yards per punt. Known for his big leg, he also led the ACC with 23 punts of 50 yards or more and set the UVA single-season record by knocking six punts that traveled at least 60 yards.
Off the gridiron, Coleman has participated in several charitable organizations, serving as both a facilitator for UVA’s Green Dot club, which aims to end personal violence on grounds, and as a team captain for the football’s Relay for Life team. He also regularly visits UVA’s Children’s hospital.
Per the AFCA, selections are based on a player’s ability to maintain a high GPA, while showing consistent involvement with the community through charitable service. Of all potential candidates (every college football player in the U.S.), just 169 athletes are chosen. The committee, headlined by former University of Florida quarterback Tim Tebow and ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit, will choose a final roster of 22 in September.
Keep up the great work, Lester!