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Inspiring Acts of Kindness Land College Football Players on 2019 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® Nominee List

Annual award honors deserving student-athletes across the country for dedication to community service

NORTHBROOK, Ill., July 16, 2019 – Allstate and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) today announced the list of nominees for the 2019 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®, an annual award given to college football players for the impact they make off the field. A total of 137 student-athletes with inspiring stories of community service were nominated by their respective sports information directors.

Established in 1992, the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® continues to be one of the most coveted community service awards in college football. From the 137 nominees, the final roster of 23 award recipients will be announced in September, bringing together 11 players from the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision; 11 players from the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision, Divisions II, III and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA); and one honorary head coach. To be considered for a spot on the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®, each player must be actively involved with a charitable organization or service group while maintaining a strong academic standing.

“It’s truly inspiring to see these young men dedicating their time and energy outside of their already busy schedules to leave a lasting impact in their communities,” said John O’Donnell, Allstate’s Western Territory president and member of the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team selection committee. “As a longtime college football sponsor, Allstate takes great pride in our partnership with the AFCA, and we are honored to celebrate the successes of these players and highlight their stories as an inspiration to all who love the sport.” 

This year’s list of nominees includes a heroic player advocating to break the stigma around mental illness through open athlete forums, a young man mentoring underprivileged kids to help change the trajectory of their lives, multiple players donating bone marrow and plasma to extend the lives of complete strangers and a tight end who visits the children’s hospital every week to spread hope to young patients.

“To be named to the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team is no small feat and goes above and beyond sportsmanship and leadership in the classroom or on the field,” said Tim Tebow, two-time national champion, Heisman Trophy winner and 2009 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® member. “These student-athletes believe in the power of giving back and enriching the lives of others, while also helping to shape the lives of future young athletes. Each year, I am struck by the caliber of these nominees and humbled to be a part of telling their stories.”

The final 22-member team and honorary coach is selected by a voting panel consisting of former Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® members and prominent media members who look for both their dedication to giving back and the embodiment of true leadership on and off the football field.

After the final team members are announced on September 12, 2019, fans can vote for this year’s Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® captain through the official page on ESPN.com. Fans are also encouraged to join in the conversation by searching and using #GoodWorksTeam on their social media channels throughout the season.

In addition to Tebow and O’Donnell, the 2019 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® selection panel members include: Zaid Abdul-Aleem (Duke, 1994 team); Matt Stinchcomb (Georgia, 1997, 1998 teams); Brian Brenberg (St. Thomas, 2001 team); Mike Proman (Amherst, 2002 team); Wes Counts (Middle Tennessee State, 1999 team); media members Kirk Herbstreit (ESPN), Blair Kerkhoff (Kansas City Star), and Paul Myerberg (USA TODAY); 2019 AFCA President and Ohio University Head Coach, Frank Solich; and 2001 AFCA President and current athletic director at Virginia Union University, Joe Taylor.

“For 12 straight years, the AFCA has been proud to partner with Allstate to honor football student-athletes who volunteer their time and energy to give back to their local communities and other countries around the world,” AFCA Executive Director Todd Berry said. “These 137 nominees are examples to not only their fellow student-athletes, but to everyone in this great nation that selfless acts of giving back will enrich the lives of people they know, and don’t know, who benefit from their generosity.”

2019 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® nominees include:

Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS)
Name School
Kyle Williams Arizona State University
Derrick Brown Auburn University
Owen Rogers Baylor University
Kole Bailey Boise State University
Tanner Karafa Boston College
Gabe Skrobot Bowling Green State University
Uriah Leiataua BYU
Adam Prentice Colorado State University
Koby Quansah Duke University
Alex Turner East Carolina University
James Morgan Florida International University
DeCalon Brooks Florida State University
Jahaziel Lee Georgia Tech
Nick Westbrook Indiana University
Ray Lima Iowa State University
Denzel Goolsby Kansas State University
Matt Bahr Kent State University
Blake Ferguson LSU
Brenden Knox Marshall University
Jack Sorenson Miami University
Joe Bachie Michigan State University
Crews Holt Middle Tennessee State University
Kobe Jones Mississippi State University
James Smith-Williams NC State University
Joe Gaziano Northwestern University
Jordan Fuller Ohio State University
Landon Wolf Oklahoma State University
Mufu Taiwo Old Dominion University
Blake Gillikin, P, Sr. Penn State University
Austin Trammell Rice University
Demerick Gary SMU
Connor Wedington Stanford University
Sam Heckel Syracuse University
Kellton Hollins TCU
Zack Mesday Temple University
Keeath Magee II Texas A&M University
LeDarrius Harris Texas State University
Travis Bruffy Texas Tech University
Jordan Johnson UCF
Isaiah Sanders United States Air Force Academy
Matt Otwinowski University at Buffalo
John Lako University of Akron
Chris Owens University of Alabama
T.J. Smith University of Arkansas
Marcel Dancy University of California, Berkeley
Tyrie Cleveland University of Florida
Jake Fromm University of Georgia
Eugene Ford University of Hawaii
D’Eriq King University of Houston
Bobby Walker University of Illinois
Nate Stanley University of Iowa
Bryce Torneden University of Kansas
Landon Young University of Kentucky
Blanton Creque University of Louisville
Patrick Taylor University of Memphis
Tru Wilson University of Michigan
Seth Green University of Minnesota
Mac Brown University of Mississippi
Ben Stille University of Nebraska
Lucas Weber University of Nevada
Tyriq Harris University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Jalen Elliott University of Notre Dame
Kenneth Murray Jr. University of Oklahoma
Tre Tipton University of Pittsburgh
Brian Ankerson University of South Alabama
Spencer Eason-Riddle University of South Carolina
Kirk Livingstone University of South Florida
Trey Smith University of Tennessee
Bryce Harris University of Toledo
Terrell Burgess University of Utah
Bryce Hall University of Virginia
Chris Orr University of Wisconsin
Darren Woods Jr. UNLV
Michael Pittman Jr. USC
Dominik Eberle Utah State University
Cody Markel Vanderbilt University
Reese Donahue West Virginia University
Justin Tranquill Western Michigan University

Combined Divisions (FCS, D-II, D-III & NAIA)
Name School
Carl Thompson Alabama State University
Clay Shreve Ashland University
Jeremiah Oatsvall Austin Peay State University
Hayden Murphy Berry College
Danny Munoz Bethel University (Minn.)
Peyton Bailey Briar Cliff University
David Barnett Capital University
Antonio Wimbush Carson-Newman University
Brady Berger Catholic University
Carter Terpstra Central College
Dan List Colorado State University-Pueblo
Brandon Plyler Concord University
John Trout Dakota State University
George Hatalowich Davidson College
Scotty Gilkey Jr. Eastern Illinois University
De’Sean McNair Elon University
Travis Russell Ferris State University
Ryan Landis Frostburg State University
Mason Dekker Hope College
Garrett Hirsch Illinois State University
Josh Pearson Jacksonville State University
Dawson Aichholz Johns Hopkins University
Luke Butera Marist College
Adam Diggs Maryville College
Dorian Kithcart Mercer University
Jacob Wenzlick Michigan Technological University
Alvin Joseph Millsaps College
Parker Franzen Minot State University
Aaron Feazelle Mississippi College
Kurt Aumer Monmouth University
Jacob Katzer Morningside College
James Sappington Murray State University
Ben Ellefson North Dakota State University
Tanner Machacek Northwestern College
Chris Zirkle Northwestern State University
Mher Tcholakian Ohio Wesleyan University
Jasper Smiley Oklahoma Panhandle State University
Noah Kasbohm Peru State College
Roy Garris Jr. Saint Augustine’s University
Ben Bartch Saint John’s University (Minn.)
Drew Balestrieri Salve Regina University
Christian Rozeboom South Dakota State University
Zach Larsen Southern Utah University
Nick Bainter Springfield College
Brant Bailey Tarleton State University
Alex Shillow Texas A&M University-Commerce
Nick Strausbaugh The College of Wooster
Diondre Wallace Towson University
Kooper Richardson University of California, Davis
Ryan Culhane University of Dayton
Blaze Barista University of Dubuque
Dante Olson University of Montana
Noah Wanzek University of North Dakota
Dwight Jackson University of Puget Sound
Vinny Pallini University of St. Thomas
Ryan Oliver Utica College (N.Y.)
Luke Bevilacqua Wayne State University
Peter Hoff Western New England University
Brady Hogue Westminster College (Pa.)

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 72 selections to the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® since it began in 1992. The SEC is followed by the Atlantic Coast Conference with 40 selections and the Big 12 Conference with 33 selections. Georgia is in first place with 19 honorees to the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®. The Bulldogs are followed by Nebraska with 15 honorees. Super Bowl XLII, XLVI and XLI champion quarterbacks Eli and Peyton Manning were members of the 2002 and 1997 Allstate AFCA Good Works Teams®, respectively.

About the 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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