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Preseason Honors Roll in for Yellow Jackets

THE FLATS – Preseason honors have continued to roll in for Georgia Tech football student-athletes, with Yellow Jackets included on the list of nominees for the 2023 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team and the 2024 East-West Shrine Bowl.

Georgia Tech junior defensive back LaMiles Brooks (Jacksonville, Fla./Trinity Christian Academy) is one of 136 student-athletes across all levels of college football, and one of just 73 in NCAA Division I FBS, nominated for the 2023 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team. Established in 1992, the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team is one of the most prestigious community service awards in college football. To be nominated, a student-athlete must be actively involved with a charitable organization or service group and maintain a strong academic standing.

Brooks is one of Georgia Tech’s most active student-athletes in the community across all sports. His long list of volunteer activities includes: Jackets Without Borders – international service trip to Villa del Rio, Puerto Rico, in May 2022 to help rebuild houses that were destroyed by Hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017; For Others – organization that helps prevent vulnerable children from being placed in the foster care system; Michael Isenhour Toy Drive – annual service project spearheaded by Georgia Tech’s Student-Athlete Advisory Board (SAAB) to collect and deliver toys to the Atlanta Children’s Shelter during the holiday season; Children’s Health Care of Atlanta – was one of several Yellow Jackets that recently visited Children’s Scottish Rite to spend time with patients. Brooks is also an active member Tech’s SAAB and this summer has represented Georgia Tech at the 2023 Black Student-Athlete Summit in Los Angeles and the Atlantic Coast Conference Unity Tour in Washington, D.C.

A panel of former Good Works Team members, current and former head coaches and journalists will select this year’s 22-member squad from the list of 136 nominees in September.

Brooks is also one of the 10 Yellow Jackets included on the Shrine Bowl 1000, which is the official watch list for the 2024 East-West Shrine Bowl, one of college football’s most prominent postseason all-star games. In addition to Brooks, the 10 Jackets on the Shrine Bowl 1000 include senior tight end Dylan Leonard (Milton, Ga./Milton H.S.), redshirt senior linebacker Braelen Oliver (Douglasville, Ga./Douglas County H.S./Minnesota), redshirt senior defensive back Myles Sims (Atlanta, Ga./Westlake H.S./Michigan), redshirt senior running back Dontae Smith (Spring Hill, Tenn./Spring Hill H.S.), redshirt junior defensive back K.J. Wallace (Atlanta, Ga./Lovett School/Notre Dame), redshirt junior defensive back Kenyatta Watson II (Loganville, Ga./Grayson H.S./Texas), senior linebacker Andre White (Harrisburg, Pa./Harrisburg H.S./Texas A&M), junior offensive lineman Jordan Williams (Gainesville, Ga./Gainesville H.S.) and senior defensive lineman Sylvain Yondjouen (Ruisbroek, Belgium/Don Bosco School).

The 2024 East-West Shrine Bowl – the 99th edition of the historic game – will be played on Feb. 1 at the Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas.

Georgia Tech football season tickets, which guarantee the best seats and value for all of the exciting action of Tech’s seven home games in 2023 – including the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game versus Louisville on Sept. 1 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium and the Nov. 25 regular-season finale versus archrival Georgia at Bobby Dodd Stadium – are on sale now, starting at just $225. For more information and to purchase season tickets online, click HERE.

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