On the field, Andrew East is mostly anonymous as a long snapper. Off of it, he's been singled out for his dedication to public service.
East, a Vanderbilt senior, was recognized by Allstate on Wednesday as a member of the 2014 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team. He was one of only 11 Division I players - and two SEC athletes - to win the prestigious award. Ole Miss linebacker Deterrian Shackelford also made Allstate's list.
The special teams standout was lauded for his dedication to helping others. This included:
Organizing student-athlete groups to mentor 2nd-5th graders at an inner-city Nashville elementary school. Assisting in building three houses in Tijuana, Mexico as part of Youth with a Mission trips. Regularly visiting young children being treated at Monroe Carrel Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt to spread joy and encouragement.
East follows in the footsteps of another Vanderbilt special teams standout, Carey Spear. Spear was named to the Good Works team in 2013 for his efforts as a volunteer at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital and as a mission leader for orphanage-building trips to Haiti, Mexico, and Peru.
With East being named to the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team and Darrius Sims earning SEC Special Teams Player of the Week honors, it's been a big week for Vanderbilt's special teams players. Hopefully position coach Charles Bankins has a steak dinner planned for these guys before they head up to Lexington to face Kentucky.