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Courtney Love named to the 2017 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team

The senior linebacker gains even more recognition for his service to others.

NCAA Football: SEC Media Days Adam Hagy-USA TODAY Sports

Kentucky’s Courtney Love is a key piece to a one of the top rushing defenses in the country. However, his biggest contributions are being made off the field. For his service to families both locally and abroad, Love has been named to the 2017 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team.

Last season, Love was named to the SEC Community Service team. He has also been nominated for other national awards such as the Senior CLASS Award and the Lott IMPACT Trophy.

Love leads the University of Kentucky football team in community service hours, and focuses much of his local charity work on children. Primarily, he enjoys serving children from single-parent households or kids whose parents are incarcerated. Having a history of growing up amid those factors himself, he loves being able to support those going through what he went through.

One organization that has been a wonderful match for Love’s passion is Amachi Central Kentucky, a mentoring program for youth with incarcerated parents.

"Since Courtney began mentoring through Amachi, he has exhibited compassion, kindness, leadership, and love," Amachi specialist Destini Engle said. "Working with him is one of the greatest honors of my life. He has changed and will continue to change so many lives through his story and his mentorship. I cannot think of a more deserving individual for this award."

In May of last year, Love took his passion for service to Ethiopia. While there, he built houses and delivered food to impoverished families. His contributions to communities both near and far are truly inspirational.

This new recognition is a big honor as Love is one of only 11 FBS football players (in addition to 11 from FCS) to be named to the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team this season. Here is the complete list:

  • Daniel Carlson – Auburn University
  • Gabe Brandner – Duke University
  • Mavin Saunders – Florida State University
  • Brent Stockstill – Middle Tennessee State University
  • A.J. Cole, III – North Carolina State University
  • Brandon Smith – Pennsylvania State University
  • Harrison Phillips – Stanford University
  • Shaq Jones – University of Alabama-Birmingham
  • Aaron Davis – University of Georgia
  • Courtney Love – University of Kentucky
  • Tommy Openshaw – Vanderbilt University

"The 2017 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team is a shining example of the great student-athletes that populate the rosters of college football teams all across the nation," AFCA Executive Director Todd Berry said. "Since 2008, the AFCA takes great pride in working with Allstate to honor these 22 outstanding student-athletes, and honorary head coach Pat Fitzgerald, who go above and beyond to make their universities and communities a better place."

The captain of this team will be determined by fan vote and the polls are open through November 23, 2017.

Go do your thing Big Blue Nation. Vote for Courtney Love to be the 2017 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team Captain at ESPN.com/Allstate.