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July 22nd, 2010
Kenney nominated for 'Good Works' team


Texas State center Steven Kenney.


Steven Kenney, the junior center for the Texas State football team, is one of 112 players nominated for Good Works Team sponsored by Allstate Insurance Company and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA).

The Good Works Team is widely recognized as the most prestigious community service award in college football.

Kenney is one of  only 16 Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) players nominated to the 22-man Allstate AFCA Good Works Team. He is the only FCS player from Texas and one of 12 players from all divisions in the state to be nominated. Kenney also joins Northwestern State’s Justin Aldredge as the only two Southland Conference competitors to be selected.

College Football Hall of Famer and ESPN broadcaster Lou Holtz is returning for a third year to serve as spokesperson for the program and raise awareness for the stories of the nominees and team members.

Kenney is a three-time member of the Southland Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll. He received Texas State’s Oak Farms Dairy Academic Award in 2008 and 2009. Among Kenney’s community service activities are serving as a tutor in math and chemistry for the Texas State Athletic Academic Center, serving as a mentor for special needs children through work with the Texas State Peer Buddies program, and being involved in several community service projects including Bobcat Build, a Texas State project that enlist students to go out into the San Marcos community and help with things such as yard work, painting and neighborhood clean-up.

Kenney also has volunteered at the Wonderland School Carnival, Travis Elementary School’s reading program and the Salvation Army at CVS Pharmacy in San Marcos. Kenney participated in the Texas Hill Country Adventure with the Sunshine Kids, an organization that provides positive and fun activities for young children with cancer. His work with Special Olympics began at Pearland High School, when he was a volunteer bowling coach.

Kenney is a two-year letterman at Texas State who was the starting center for the Bobcats last season. He graded out at 83 percent on 740 snaps in his first season as a starter. He also recorded 33 knockdown blocks and helped anchor a Texas State offensive line that ranked among the nation’s top 25 offensive lines for fewest sacks allowed with an average of just 1.36 per game. The Bobcats also had one of the nation’s top seven passing offenses and 12th best overall offensive teams with an average of 288.9 yards passing per game and 422.2 total yards.

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