ATHENS — Vince Dooley had Herschel Walker while he was at Georgia. Robert Miles has Chris Conley.
Miles is director of Georgia’s life skills program, which is designed “to prepare student-athletes for the challenges of life beyond the playing field.” And in that regard, Conley is a Heisman Trophy-like performer.
In fact, Conley is up for the Heisman Trophy of community service awards for college football players. UGA went to considerable effort to surprise Conley on Tuesday with news that he has been selected from a pool of more than 200 nominees for the 2014 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team. As such, he is a finalist for the groups man of the year award.
“I had no idea,” said Conley, a senior and Georgia’s leading wide receiver. “I was thoroughly lied to. I was told that I was doing an interview for ESPN or the SEC Network or something like that. … When we got down there Leland (Barrow) told me they were still setting up so I just needed to hang out down there until they were ready. That got me.”
Conley was presented his finalist trophy by Scott Beaver, owner of a local Allstate agency, and a group of children with whom Conley has worked during his tenure as a Georgia football player.
Here’s a video account of the festivities: