Allstate, American Football Coaches Association Announce Record 151 Nominees for College Football’s Top Community Service Award
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 Fonoti 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 Rodgers 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 Ikard University of Cincinnati - Jordan Luallen University of Pittsburgh - Mark Giubilato University of Florida - Jeremy Brown University of South Alabama - Ross Metheny University of Georgia - Chris Burnette University of South Carolina - Damiere Byrd University of Houston - Zach McMillian University of Southern California - Devon Kennard University of Illinois - Nathan Scheelhaase University of Tennessee - Jacques Smith 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. Zimmerer
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 Farmer Marist College - Max Jacques Trinity University (Texas) - Weslyn Wagner Mercyhurst University - Colin Kimball University of the Cumberlands (Ky.) - Mitchell Mascaro Tusculum College - Bo Cordell Washington University (Mo.) - Andrew Skalman University of Delaware - Ryan Cobb Wayne State University (Mich.) - Chet Privett University of Dubuque - Tyson Carter Waynesburg University - Thomas Paulone University of Montana - Jordan Tripp West Chester University - Rich Bruno University of Mount Union - Kevin Burke West Texas A&M University - Dustin Vaughan University of Northern Iowa - Zach Cutkomp Westminster College - David Wright 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
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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.
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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