RALEIGH, N.C -- Kit Hughes worried the project might be a tough sell. For college football players, spring break is about the only no-strings-attached vacation on the academic calendar. So Hughes, N.C. State's director of football operations, was pleasantly surprised when three players and two graduate assistants volunteered to join him earlier this month on a service trip to the Mississippi coast.
Not long after they arrived, Hughes, defensive back Zach Powell, offensive guard Desmond Roberts, defensive tackle Wayne Crawford and graduate assistants Bobby Blick and Jeff Archer found themselves staring at a jungle in a neighborhood in Pass Christian, Miss. Their job: Tame the foliage so an elderly man could live in his home for the first time since hurricane Katrina battered the area in 2005.
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