Tennessee defensive end Ben Martin was named Wednesday to the SEC Community Service Team for 2009.
The junior from Cincinnati has volunteered his time with the Knox County Public Law Defender?s Office, working with children from low-income areas. Martin has visited patients at East Tennessee
's Children's Hospital and has worked with children at the Knox Kicks Soccer Clinic and Boys and Girls Club. He has been a volunteer, playing with children, for a Leukemia and Lymphoma Society fundraiser and with Teams for Toys. A member of UT's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, Martin also has participated in campus clean-up efforts.
"The thing I had the most fun doing was soccer camp with refugee kids last summer here at UT," Martin said. "It was a lot of fun watching them run around and interacting with them. We played soccer, we played other kinds of games. It was rewarding seeing them have fun and also a lot of fun for me."
Martin is second on the team with 3 1/2 sacks and tied for fifth with 4 1/2 tackles behind the line of scrimmage. He has 31 overall tackles and is seventh in defensive big plays with 7 1/2. Martin had a career high seven tackles in the recent game at Mississippi.
2009 SEC Community Service Team
Javier Arenas, CB, Alabama
D.J. Williams, TE, Arkansas
Walter McFadden, DB, Auburn
David Nelson, WR, Florida
Jeff Owens, DT, Georgia
Alfonso Smith, TB, Kentucky
Lyle Hitt, OG, LSU
Dexter McCluster, WR, Mississippi
Tyson Lee, QB, Mississippi State
Moe Brown, WR, South Carolina
Ben Martin, DE, Tennessee
Myron Lewis, CB, Vanderbilt