Pottsboro native and SMU senior defensive end Justin Lawler has been announced as a nominee for the 2017 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®.


Since 1992, the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team has been one of the most coveted community service awards in college football, bringing together select student-athletes from all divisions of play to honor their dedication to volunteerism and enriching the lives of others.


The players nominated are uniting the college football community and showing what’s possible when you put all hands in and give back.


Lawler gives back in many ways, including: visiting the Children’s Medical Center in Dallas with the team, participating in Relay for Life, reading for sick children last summer and at local elementary schools and volunteering at an academic pep rally for a local elementary school and at SMU’s youth football clinic.


On the field Lawler, who is entering his third year as a starter, was first-team All-American Athletic Conference as a junior when he was second on the team with 65 tackles and was tied for sixth in the AAC with six sacks.


From the 146 nominees, a final roster of 22 award recipients — comprised of 11 players from the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision and 11 players from the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision, Divisions II, III and the NAIA — will be unveiled in September.


Southeastern Oklahoma state senior wide receiver Kaymon Farmer was on the Good Works Team this past season.


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