Allstate, American Football Coaches Association Announce 146 Nominees for 2017 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®
College football’s top community service honor awards student-athletes for their outstanding community service achievements and commitment to giving back
NORTHBROOK, Ill., July 10, 2017 – Allstate Insurance Company and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) today announced 146 nominees for the 2017 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®, one of the most prestigious off-the-field honors in college football.
Since 1992, the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® has brought together a select group of college football players from across the country to honor their dedication to volunteerism and enriching the lives of others. While players are often recognized for their accomplishments and achievements on game day, these student-athletes have made significant contributions to the greater good of society, inspiring future generations of young athletes and the larger college football community.
“Allstate is immensely honored to partner with the AFCA for the 10th year to help pay tribute to these players and their off-the-field ‘good works’ that often go unnoticed and unrewarded,” said Thomas Clarkson, president of the west territory for Allstate Insurance Company and a member of the 2017 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® voting panel. “The individuals nominated to the 2017 Good Works Team® are making a positive impact and uniting communities across the country through service, showing what’s possible when you put all hands in and give back.”
The student-athletes nominated for this esteemed award embody the true spirit of teamwork and selflessness, donating their limited free time to helping and serving others. From founding a non-profit that helps orphans secure jobs in the workforce to raising funds and awareness for childhood cancer research, the 2017 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® nominees may wear different jerseys on the field, but they all exemplify a superior commitment to giving back off of it.
“After looking at the bios of the 146 nominees we received for 2017 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, it really shows that there are great football student-athletes all over this country who just don’t care what happens between the sidelines, but they also care about their community and giving back to others,” Todd Berry, AFCA Executive Director said. “The AFCA has been proud to partner with Allstate these past 10 years to honor football players who give more of themselves to help others in need.”
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. 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 2017 Good Works Team®. Two-time national champion, Heisman Trophy winner and 2009 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® member Tim Tebow will headline the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® voting panel.
“I’m so thankful to be part of a team that represents excellence on the field and in the classroom, but more importantly, places the highest value on changing people’s lives in our communities and around the world,” says Tebow.
In addition to Tebow and Clarkson, the 2017 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® selection panel members 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) and Wes Counts (Middle Tennessee State, 1999 team); media members Kirk Herbstreit (ESPN), Blair Kerkhoff (Kansas City Star) and Paul Myerberg (USA TODAY); current AFCA President and University of Arizona head coach Rich Rodriguez; 2001 AFCA President and current athletic director at Virginia Union University Joe Taylor.
Once the final team members are announced in September, college football fans are encouraged to visit the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® website on ESPN.com, featuring profiles and images of the players, for the opportunity to vote for the 2017 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® Captain. Throughout the season, fans can also follow along and join in on the conversation by searching and using #GoodWorksTeam on their social media channels.
In order to meet the criteria set forth by Allstate and the AFCA, each player must be actively involved with a charitable organization or service group while maintaining a strong academic standing.
The following players have been nominated for consideration to be named to the 2017 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®.
Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS)
|Arizona State University – Tashon Smallwood||Brigham Young University – Fred Warner|
|Arkansas State University – Blaise Taylor||Clemson University – Christian Wilkins|
|Auburn University – Daniel Carlson||Colorado State University – Zack Golditch|
|Baylor University – Taylor Young||Duke University – Gabe Brandner|
|Boise State University – Brett Rypien||East Carolina University – Jimmy Williams|
|Bowling Green State University – Nate Locke||University of Central Florida – Shaquem Griffin|
|Florida State University – Mavin Saunders||University of Connecticut – Vontae Diggs|
|Georgia Institute of Technology – Matthew Jordan||University of Georgia – Aaron Davis|
|Georgia Southern University – Myles Campbell||University of Houston – Steven Dunbar|
|Indiana University – Rashard Fant||University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign – Nick Allegretti|
|Kansas State University – Dalton Risner||University of Kansas – Joe Dineen, Jr.|
|Louisiana State University – Danny Etling||University of Kentucky – Courtney Love|
|Marshall University – Ryan Yurachek||University of Louisiana at Lafayette – Grant Horst|
|Middle Tennessee State University – Brent Stockstill||University of Louisville – Lamar Jackson|
|Mississippi State University – Gabe Myles||University of Maryland, College Park – Adam Greene|
|North Carolina State University – A.J. Cole, III||University of Memphis – Spencer Smith|
|Northwestern University – Justin Jackson||University of Miami – Demetrius Jackson|
|Ohio State University – J.T. Barrett||University of Minnesota – Eric Carter|
|Oklahoma State University – Mason Rudolph||University of Mississippi – Javon Patterson|
|Old Dominion University – Josh Marriner||University of Missouri – Corey Fatony|
|Pennsylvania State University – Brandon Smith||University of Nebraska-Lincoln – Chris Weber|
|Rutgers University – Sebastian Joseph||University of Nevada, Reno – Austin Corbett|
|San Jose State University – Nate Velichko||University of North Carolina – Austin Proehl|
|Southern Methodist University – Justin Lawler||University of Notre Dame – Tyler Newsome|
|Stanford University – Harrison Phillips||University of Oklahoma – Nick Basquine|
|Syracuse University – Zack Mahoney||University of Pittsburgh – Brian O’Neill|
|TCU – Shaun Nixon||University of South Alabama – Tre Alford|
|Texas A&M University – Koda Martin||University of Southern California – Jordan Austin|
|Texas State University – Gabe Schrade||University of Tennessee – Todd Kelly, Jr.|
|Tulane University – Parry Nickerson||University of Texas – Naashon Hughes|
|University of California, Los Angeles – Kenny Young||University of Texas at El Paso – Ryan Metz|
|University of Alabama – Minkah Fitzpatrick||University of Toledo – Cody Thompson|
|University of Alabama at Birmingham – Shaq Jones||University of Tulsa – Willie Wright|
|University of Arkansas – Frank Ragnow||University of Utah – Chase Hansen|
|University of California, Berkeley – Raymond Davison||University of Virginia – Quin Blanding|
|University of Wisconsin-Madison – Derrick Tindal||Virginia Tech – Joey Slye|
|Utah State University – Jontrell Rocquemore||West Virginia University – Rob Dowdy|
|Vanderbilt University – Tommy Openshaw||Western Kentucky University – Marcus Ward|
Combined Divisions (FCS, II, III & NAIA)
|Amherst College – Reece Foy||Wartburg College – Matt Sacia|
|Aurora University – Kurtis Chione||Wayne State University (Mich.) – Deiontae Nicholas|
|Berry College – Michael Wenclawiak||West Texas A&M University – Dillon Vaughan|
|Bethel University (Minn.) – Josh Dalki||Mississippi College – Chris Manning|
|Butler University – Isaak Newhouse||Montana State University – Mitchell Herbert|
|Carnegie Mellon University – Sam Benger||Moravian College – Nick Zambelli|
|Carson-Newman University – Antonio Wimbush||Murray State University – Zach Shipley|
|Chadron State College – Steven Allen||Norfolk State University – Kyle Archie|
|Chapman University – Diano Pachote||North Greenville University – Johnny Burch|
|Colorado State University-Pueblo – Zach Boyd||Northwestern College (Iowa) – Jacob Jenness|
|Dakota State University – Jacob Giles||Notre Dame College – Justin Adamson|
|Davidson College – Ryan Samuels||Ohio Dominican University – Austin Ernst|
|East Stroudsburg University – Larry Mills||Ohio Wesleyan University – Jerry Harper|
|Eastern Kentucky University – Jeffrey Canady||Peru State College – Gunnar Orcutt|
|Edinboro University – Ryan Stratton||Princeton University – Kurt Holuba|
|Ferris State University – Jake Daugherty||Saint Augustine’s University – Justin Shaw|
|Fordham University – Manny Adeyeye||Saint John’s University (Minn.) – Will Gillach|
|Franklin & Marshall College – Tyler Schubert||Samford University – Deion Pierre|
|Frostburg State University – Jordan Procter||South Dakota State University – Jake Wieneke|
|Georgetown College (Ky.) – Kody Kasey||Southern Arkansas University – Stacy Lawrence|
|Grinnell College – Carson Dunn||Southwestern Assemblies of God University – Stephen Lawson|
|Harding University – Gavin De Los Santos||Stephen F. Austin State University – Marlon Walls|
|Hillsdale College – Danny Drummond||Stonehill College – Jermel Wright|
|James Madison University – Jonathan Kloosterman||Susquehanna University – Tommy Bluj|
|Kalamazoo College – David Vanderkloot||Texas A&M University-Commerce – Luis Perez|
|Kennesaw State University – Luther Jones||The Catholic University of America – Patrick Vidal|
|Liberty University – Trey Turner||The College of Wooster – Patrick Mohorcic|
|Manchester University – Jared Bourff||University of Chicago – Chandler Carroll|
|Marist College – Lawrence Dickens||University of Mount Union – Alex Louthan|
|Mercer University – Thomas Marchman||University of Puget Sound – Dwight Jackson|
|Michigan Technological University – Cayman Berg-Morales||University of Saint Mary – Kyle Dougherty|
|Millersville University of Pennsylvania – Kevin Wiggins||Western Carolina University – Keion Crossen|
|Minot State University – Logan Gunderson||Western New England University – Garrett Jones|
|University of St. Thomas (Minn.) – Matt Christenson||Wingate University – Lawrence Pittman|
|University of South Dakota – Stetson Dagel||Youngstown State University – Armand Dellovade|
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About the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®
The Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® was 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 worked to present the award starting with the 2008 season.
The SEC leads all conferences with 67 selections to the Good Works Team since it began in 1992. The SEC is followed by the Atlantic Coast Conference with 34 selections and the Big 12 Conference with 30 selections. Georgia is in first place with 17 honorees to the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team. ® The Bulldogs are followed by Nebraska with 14 honorees. 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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