Openshaw on SEC community service team

Nov. 28, 2017

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Vanderbilt kicker Tommy Openshaw has been named to the Southeastern Conference Football Community Service Team by the league office.

Openshaw, a four-year Commodore starter who ranks among the school's all-time leaders in points scored, is among 14 candidates under consideration for the SEC Football Community Service Award to be announced next week.

The SEC recognition is the latest in a string of several community service honors for Openshaw, a native of Jacksonville, Fla. In September, he was the named to the 22-player Allstate-American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) national FBS Good Works Team. In October, he was also named as a semifinalist for the 2017 Wuerffel Trophy, known as "College Football's Premier Award for Community Service."

Since arriving on campus, Openshaw has played an active role in the Nashville community. He has assisted the homeless community at Nashville's Room at the Inn, visited with ailing youngsters at Vanderbilt's Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital and helped several Catholic charities involving elementary school students.

As a Vanderbilt undergraduate, Openshaw also has traveled abroad to help impoverished communities. He has made two mission trips to Dominican Republic in addition to visiting Coast Rica and St. Lucia.

On the field, Openshaw was 38-of-56 on field goal attempts and 109-of-110 on extra point tries during his Commodore career. He concluded his playing career third all-time among Vanderbilt kickers with 223 points scored and is fifth for most field goals conversions. 

Academically, Openshaw is in his first year working toward a master's in Leadership and Organization Performance at Vanderbilt's Peabody College. A six-time dean's list recipient, he earned undergraduate degrees in Economics and Engineering Science last May. He is a four-time SEC Academic Honor Roll recipient. 

In addition to Openshaw, other members of the SEC Football Community Service Team are Alabama defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick, Arkansas offensive lineman Frank Ragnow, Auburn kicker Daniel Carlson, Florida punter Johnny Townsend, Georgia safety Aaron Davis, Kentucky defensive lineman Jacob Hyde, LSU fullback John David Moore, Ole Miss offensive lineman Javon Patterson, Mississippi State receiver Gabe Myles, Missouri cornerback Anthony Hines, South Carolina linebacker Spencer Eason-Riddle, Tennessee defensive lineman Kyle Phillips and Texas A&M offensive lineman Koda Martin.



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