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Former Myrtle Beach football player Thomas, now playing for Shepherd, up for award

Former Myrtle Beach linebacker Octavius Thomas (center) now plays for Shepherd University in West Virginia.
Former Myrtle Beach linebacker Octavius Thomas (center) now plays for Shepherd University in West Virginia. jblackmon@thesunnews.com

Octavius Thomas has piled up plenty of on-field honors for his football skills.

The 2013 Myrtle Beach graduated and current Shepherd linebacker can add an off-field nomination to his resume.

Thomas was one of 197 players nationally nominated to the 2015 All-State American Football Coaches Association Good Works Team. Since 1992, the award has honored players who give their time and efforts away from the game.

In Thomas’ case, he has continued his work with the Myrtle Beach Boys and Girls Club.

The list of 197 players will be trimmed to 22 – 11 from NCAA Bowl Championship Subdivision and 11 from the other levels of the sport – in September. The voting is conducted by a panel that includes AFCA board members, former winners and media.

Thomas was second on the Shepherd squad last year with 51 total tackles. He earned all-conference honors after being named the Mountain East Defensive Freshman of the Year in 2013.

As a senior at Myrtle Beach in 2012, he was named The Sun News’ Toast of the Coast Defensive Player of the Year following a season in which he accumulated 187 tackles and was named to the North-South All-Star football game.

He was also the major player on a defense that helped win a state championship in 2010, his sophomore season.

Contact IAN GUERIN at ian@ianguerin.com.

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