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Allstate, American Football Coaches Association Announce Record 151 Nominees for College Football’s Top Community Service Award

July 16, 2013

2013 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® nominees uphold impressive community service resumes; prestigious award recognizes student-athletes for their commitment to volunteerism

NORTHBROOK, Ill., July 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Allstate Insurance Company and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) today announced 151 nominees for the 2013 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team(®), the most ever in the award’s 22-year history. The award recognizes a select group of college football players who have made a commitment to enriching the lives of others while contributing to the greater good of their communities.

Since 1992, the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team(®) has honored college football players at all levels of the sport for their selfless acts of giving back to the community and off-the-field achievements. These student-athletes represent the sport’s finest in the areas of volunteerism and leadership amongst their peers.

“Through their commitment to service and helping others, this impressive group of student-athletes has shown that ‘good works’ extend beyond the football field,” said Cynthia Whitfield, field senior vice president of Allstate’s Southern region and a member of the 2013 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team(®) voting panel. “The positive impact these young athletes have on their communities is an inspiration to us all and another reason to celebrate the good happening in our communities.”

While tackles and touchdowns earn accolades on-the-field, the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team(®) shines a light on the stories of good taking place outside the sport of football that often go unnoticed. It is those student-athletes who have dedicated countless hours towards helping others who have been nominated by their respective colleges and universities for this prestigious honor.

This year’s nominees uphold impressive service resumes detailing several unique and inspiring stories of servitude. From aiding with natural disaster relief across the globe to volunteering with sick and underprivileged children, this dedicated group of student-athletes has demonstrated the exceptional ability to balance academics with athletics while donating their limited free time and energy to serve others.

“With a record number of nominees submitted this year for the 2013 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, it is obvious that our country’s collegiate football programs are producing great student-athletes,” said Grant Teaff, AFCA Executive Director. “The AFCA is proud to partner with Allstate for a sixth consecutive year in honoring these outstanding student-athletes.”

From the nominees submitted by sports information directors across the nation on behalf of their schools, a special voting panel consisting of former Allstate AFCA Good Works Team(®) members and prominent college football media members will select the 2013 Good Works Team.(®) Comprised of 11 players from the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision and 11 players from the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision, Divisions II, III, and the NAIA, the final roster of 22 award recipients will be unveiled in September.

Allstate and the AFCA will launch the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team(®) website on ESPN.com, featuring profiles and images of the final team members, as well as the opportunity for fans to vote for the 2013 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team(®) Captain.

The 2013 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team(®) voting panel includes: former Good Works Team(®) members Zaid Abdul-Aleem (Duke, 1994 team), Matt Stinchcomb (Georgia, 1997, 1998 teams), Brian Brenberg (St. Thomas, 2001 team), Mike Proman (Amherst, 2002 team); media members Lou Holtz (ESPN), Kirk Herbstreit (ESPN), Tom O’Toole (USA Today), Blair Kerkhoff (Kansas City Star); current AFCA President and University of Texas Head Coach Mack Brown; 1987 AFCA President LaVell Edwards, former head coach at Brigham Young University; and Cynthia Whitfield, field vice president of Allstate’s Southern Region.

In order to meet the criteria set forth by Allstate and the AFCA, each player must be actively involved and committed to working with a charitable organization, service group or community service while maintaining a strong academic standing.

The following players have been nominated for consideration to be named to the 2013 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team(®).

Football Bowl Subdivision

    Arizona State University -        Louisiana State University - Zach
     Taylor Kelly                     Mettenberger

    Auburn University - Nosa Eguae    Michigan State University - Fou

    Ball State University - Keith     Middle Tennessee State University
     Wenning                          - Logan Kilgore

    Baylor University - Bryce Petty   Mississippi State University -
                                      Kaleb Eulls

    Boise State University - Kirby    North Carolina State University -
     Moore                            Asa Watson

    Bowling Green State University    Northwestern University - Jeff
     - Ronnie Goble                   Budzien

    Brigham Young University - Kyle   Ohio State University - Jack
     Van Noy                          Mewhort

    California State University,      Oregon State University - Steven
     Fresno - Derek Carr              Christian

    Central Michigan University -     Penn State University - John
     Jake Olson                       Urschel

    Clemson University - Chandler     Rutgers University - Brandon
     Catanzaro                        Coleman

    Duke University - Dave Harding    Syracuse University - J. Sam

    East Carolina University -
     Trent Tignor                    Temple University - Wyatt Benson

    Georgia State University -        Texas A&M University - Jake
     Michael Davis                    Matthews

    Indiana University - Greg Heban  Tulane University - Zach Morgan

    Iowa State University - Kirby     University of Alabama -Vinnie
     Van Der Kamp                     Sunseri

    Kansas State University - Tyler   University of Arizona - B.J.
     Lockett                          Denker

    Kent State University - Darius
     Polk                            University at Buffalo - Fred Lee

    University of California - Nick   University of New Mexico - Kasey
     Forbes                           Carrier

    University of Central Florida -
     Blake Bortles

                                      University of Oklahoma - Gabe

    University of Cincinnati -
     Jordan Luallen

                                      University of Pittsburgh - Mark

    University of Florida - Jeremy

                                      University of South Alabama -
                                      Ross Metheny

    University of Georgia - Chris

                                      University of South Carolina -
                                      Damiere Byrd

    University of Houston - Zach

                                      University of Southern California
                                      - Devon Kennard

    University of Illinois - Nathan

                                      University of Tennessee - Jacques

    University of Iowa - James        University of Texas - Jackson
     Morris                           Jeffcoat

    University of Kentucky - Avery    University of Texas-San Antonio
     Williamson                       - Eric Soza

    University of Louisville -
     Teddy Bridgewater               University of Toledo - Greg Mancz

    University of Maryland - C.J.     University of Virginia - Luke
     Brown                            Bowanko

    University of Memphis - Jacob     University of Wisconsin - Jared
     Karam                            Abbrederis

    University of Miami (Fla.) -      Utah State University - Chuckie
     Stephen Morris                   Keeton

    University of Minnesota - Chris   Vanderbilt University - Carey
     Hawthorne                        Spear

    University of Mississippi -       West Virginia University - Will
     D.T. Shackelford                 Clarke

    University of Missouri - James    Western Michigan University -
     Franklin                         Kirk Nakama

    University of Nebraska - C.J.

Combined Divisions (FCS, II, III & NAIA)

    Alderson-Broaddus College -      Minnesota State University-
     Preston Bailey                  Mankato - Sam Brockshus

    Appalachian State University -   Missouri State University -
     Jamal Londry-Jackson            Caleb Schaffitzel

    Aurora University - Tyler        Montana State University -
     Simmons                         DeNarius McGhee

    Bentley University - Danny       Morgan State University - Tyrell
     Guadagnoli                      Okoro

    Bethel University (Minn.) -      Morningside College - Jordan
     J.D. Mehlhorn                   Sitzmann

    Bryant University - Maduka       Muhlenberg College - Joe
     Nwanekezi                       Carlucci

    Bucknell University - Josh       Murray State University - Sam
     Brake                           Small

    Butler University - Matt         North Carolina Central
     Lancaster                       University - Jordan Reid

    California Polytechnic State     North Dakota State University -
     University - Sullivan Grosz     Esley Thorton

    Campbell University - Michael    Northwood University - Josh
     Rudisill                        Sinagoga

    Carson-Newman College - Curt     Ohio Wesleyan University - Rayce
     Duncan                          Risser

    College of the Holy Cross -      Old Dominion University - Taylor
     Gary Acquah                     Heinicke

    Cornell University - Jeff        Pittsburg State University -
     Mathews                         John Brown

    Dakota State University -        Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
     Ronnie Jorgensen                - Joe Cozzolino

    Davidson College - Weston        Robert Morris University (Ill.)
     Hawkins                         - Lamont Wims

    Eastern Kentucky University -    Saint John's University (Minn.)
     Ichiro Vance                    - Colin Moynihan

    Edinboro University - Cody       Samford University - Jeremy
     Harris                          Towns

    Elon University --Miles          Siena Heights University - Meiko
     Williams                        McDaniel

    Emory & Henry College - Kyle     South Dakota State University -
     Boden                           Winston Wright

    Franklin & Marshall College -    Southern Illinois University -
     Nick Porcelli                   Austin Pucylowski

    Georgia Southern University -    St. Cloud State University -
     Trevor McBurnett                Phillip Klaphake

    Henderson State University -     Stephen F. Austin State
     Kevin Rodgers                   University - Garrick Smitherman

    Hillsdale College - Steven       Stony Brook University - Marcus
     Embry                           Coker

    Illinois State University -
     Colton Underwood               Tabor College - James Monroe

    Indiana State University - FN    Tarleton State University - Kade
     Lutz                            Cole

    Johns Hopkins University -       Tennessee State University -
     Vincenzo Bonaddio               Devin Wilson

    Kenyon College - William David   Texas Lutheran University -
     Brackett                        Bradley Snowden

    Lafayette College - Brad         Thomas More College - Jake
     Bormann                         Fishburn

    Loras College - Jordan Pontius   Towson University - Arnold

    Marist College - Max Jacques     Trinity University (Texas) -
                                     Weslyn Wagner

    Mercyhurst University - Colin

                                     University of the Cumberlands
                                      (Ky.) - Mitchell Mascaro
    Tusculum College - Bo Cordell
                                     Washington University (Mo.) -
                                      Andrew Skalman
    University of Delaware - Ryan
                                     Wayne State University (Mich.) -
                                      Chet Privett
    University of Dubuque - Tyson
                                     Waynesburg University - Thomas
    University of Montana - Jordan
                                     West Chester University - Rich
    University of Mount Union -
     Kevin Burke
                                     West Texas A&M University -
                                      Dustin Vaughan
    University of Northern Iowa -
     Zach Cutkomp
                                     Westminster College - David
    University of Saint Francis
     (Ind.) - Joey Dynako

    University of San Diego -        Wilkes University - Tyler
     Thomas Cobbs                    Berntsen

    University of Sioux Falls -      Winona State University - Ryan
     Carrington Hanna                Gerts

    University of St. Thomas         Wittenberg University - Reed
     (Minn.) - Willie Schneider      Florence

    Yale University - Beau Palin
    University of Tennessee-
     Martin - Taino Fears-Perez

                                     Youngstown State University -
                                     Kurt Hess

About Allstate
The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) is the nation’s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, serving approximately 16 million households through its Allstate, Encompass, Esurance and Answer Financial brand names and Allstate Financial business segment. Allstate branded insurance products (auto, home, life and retirement) and services are offered through Allstate agencies, independent agencies, and Allstate exclusive financial representatives, as well as via www.allstate.com, www.allstate.com/financial and 1-800 Allstate(®), and are widely known through the slogan “You’re In Good Hands With Allstate(®).” As part of Allstate’s commitment to strengthen local communities, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate employees, agency owners and the corporation provided $29 million in 2012 to thousands of nonprofit organizations and important causes across the United States.

About the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team
)The Allstate AFCA Good Works Teams(®) were established in 1992 by the College Football Association, recognizing the extra efforts made by college football players and student support staff off the field. AFCA became the governing body of the award in 1997 and continues to honor college football players who go the extra mile for those in need. Allstate partnered to present the award starting with the 2008 season.

The SEC leads all conferences with 57 selections to the Good Works Team since it began in 1992. The SEC is followed by the Big 12 Conference with 41 selections and the Atlantic Coast Conference with 31 selections. With Aaron Murray’s selection in 2012, Georgia moves into first place with 14 honorees to the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team. The Bulldogs are followed by Nebraska and St. Thomas (Minn.) with 13 honorees each. Super Bowl XLII, XLVI and XLI champion quarterbacks Eli and Peyton Manning were members of the 2002 and 1997 Good Works Teams®, respectively.

About AFCA
The AFCA was founded in 1922 and currently has more than 11,000 members around the world ranging from the high school level to the professional ranks. According to its constitution, the AFCA was formed, in part, to “maintain the highest possible standards in football and in the coaching profession” and to “provide a forum for the discussion and study of all matters pertaining to football.”

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