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Allstate, American Football Coaches Association Announce 146 Nominees for 2017 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®

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

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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, 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


About Allstate
The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) is the nation’s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life’s uncertainties through auto, home, life and other insurance offered through its Allstate, Esurance, Encompass and Answer Financial brand names. Other growth platforms include predictive analytics company Arity and consumer-product protection plan company SquareTrade. Allstate is widely known through the slogan “You’re In Good Hands With Allstate®.” Allstate agencies are in virtually every local community in America. In 2016, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $42 million to support local communities.

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.

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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