The Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® nominees are…

… 136 college athletes who go above and beyond in play, school and their communities

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NORTHBROOK, Ill., July 11, 2023 – Playing college football, attending school full time and giving back to the community is no small commitment. Yet, that’s how 136 Good Works Team nominees invest their time and that’s why their coaches recommended them for the 2023 Allstate American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Good Works Team. ®

“I’m impressed and inspired by these young men because they’re incredible athletes and amazing human beings,” said Tim Tebow, two-time national champion, Heisman Trophy winner and 2009 Good Works Team member. “When you give back to the community, it gives you purpose and can change your whole life – and the lives of others.”

The nominees spend their free time working to change lives by mentoring youth, feeding the hungry and donating their earnings. Some have even established their own non-profit 501 (c)(3) organizations. They’ve also maintained excellent grades and obtained Dean’s List honors among other academic awards.

“These bright young athletes are role models,” said Troy Hawkes, executive vice president and general manager, Allstate Sales and Distribution. “We’ve celebrated thousands of college football players around the country for years, and they’ve had a huge impact on their communities and on society.”

A Panel Chooses the Team

The final 22-member team and honorary coach are selected by a voting panel of former Allstate AFCA Good Works Team members, current and former head coaches and journalists. They look for exceptional leadership on and off the football field.

In addition to Tebow and Hawkes, the 2023 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team selection panel members are: Zaid Abdul-Aleem (Duke, 1994 team); Matt Stinchcomb (Georgia, 1997, 1998); Brian Brenberg (St. Thomas, 2001); Mike Proman (Amherst, 2002); Wes Counts (Middle Tennessee State, 1999); media members Kirk Herbstreit (ESPN); Blair Kerkhoff (Kansas City Star); and Paul Myerberg (USA Today); 2023 AFCA President and Ouachita Baptist University Head Coach Todd Knight; and 2014 AFCA President and former head coach at Ithaca College, Mike Welch.

Fans Pick the Captai

After the final team members are announced in September, fans can vote for this year’s Allstate AFCA Good Works Team captain through the official page on Fans can join the conversation on social media with #GoodWorksTeam throughout the season.

“These players embody the best of what college football stands for: character, selflessness and the willingness to serve and give to others,” AFCA Executive Director Todd Berry said. “The AFCA proudly stands alongside Allstate and each of these players’ families and communities to applaud their inspirational work.”

Nomination Criteria

Established in 1992, the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team is one of the most coveted community service awards in college football. From the 136 nominees, the final roster of 23 award recipients will bring 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 strong academic standing.

The 2023 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team nominees are:

Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS)

Name School
Elijah McAllister Auburn University
Cade Beresford Boise State University
Taji Johnson Boston College
Odieu Hiliare Bowling Green State University
Tyler Batty BYU
Robi Stuart Central Michigan University
Will Shipley Clemson University
Ja’Mion Franklin Duke University
Jeremy Lewis East Carolina University
Brian Dooley Eastern Michigan University
Jordan Travis Florida State University
Levelle Bailey Fresno State
LaMiles Brooks Georgia Tech
Khalil Benson Indiana University
Darien Porter Iowa State University
X’Zauvea Gadlin Liberty University
Mekhi Wingo LSU
Tre Mosley Michigan State University
Richard Kinley Middle Tennessee State University
Jett Johnson Mississippi State University
Joseph Shimko NC State University
Jaylen Pate Northwestern University
LaMareon James Old Dominion University
Akili Arnold Oregon State University
Dvon Ellies Penn State University
Chike Anigbogu Rice University
John Humphreys Stanford University
Garrett Shrader Syracuse University
Josh Newton TCU
Jalen McMurray Temple University
Max Wright Texas A&M University
Alonzo Edwards Jr. Texas State University
Tyler Shough Texas Tech University
Xavier McDonald U.S. Naval Academy
Max Michel University at Buffalo
Seth McLaughlin University of Alabama
Cam Little University of Arkansas
Matthew Cindric University of California
Jowon Briggs University of Cincinnati
Valentin Senn University of Connecticut
Devin Moore University of Florida
Ladd McConkey University of Georgia
Jack Freeman University of Houston
Isaiah Williams University of Illinois
Logan Lee University of Iowa
Mason Fairchild University of Kansas
Ashton Gillotte University of Louisville
Jacob Likes University of Memphis
Kamren Kinchens University of Miami (Fla.)
Blake Corum University of Michigan
Dragan Kesich University of Minnesota
JJ Pegues University of Mississippi
Darius Robinson University of Missouri
Ethan Piper University of Nebraska
Kaimon Rucker University of North Carolina
Jaden Mickey University of Notre Dame
Ethan Downs University of Oklahoma
Gavin Bartholomew University of Pittsburgh
Vershon Lee University of South Carolina
Justin Dedich University of Southern California
Jacob Warren University of Tennessee
Christian Jones University of Texas
De’Corian Clark University of Texas at San Antonio
Daniel Bolden University of Toledo
Chico Bennett University of Virginia
Edefuan Ulofoshio University of Washington
Alexander Smith University of Wisconsin
Jordyn Morgan UNLV
Jacob Garcia Utah State University
Matt Johnson Virginia Tech
Jaylen Hudson Wake Forest University
Zach Frazier West Virginia University
JaQues Evans Western Kentucky University

Combined Divisions (FCS, D-II, D-III & NAIA)

Name School
Trent Maddox Ashland University
Sam Howard Austin Peay State University
Loobert Denelus Benedict College
Reed Levi Benedictine College
Evan Ginter Bethel University (Minn.)
Justin Anagonye Brown University
Hajj-Malik Williams Campbell University
Ben Condemi Carnegie Mellon University
Hunter Peck Carroll College
Major Williams Carson-Newman University
Cameron Bannister Central College
Michael DeCamillis Chadron State College
Jake Stebbins Cornell University
Devonte Murphy Dakota State University
Josh Greene Dartmouth College
Malik McDaniel Davidson College
Ayden Garnes Duquesne University
Deshawn McCarthy East Stroudsburg University
Colton Hyble Grand Valley State University
Caleb Lueders Hamline University
Demarcus Coleman Hardin-Simmons University
Clayton Mosher Indiana Wesleyan University
Spencer Uggla Johns Hopkins University
Kolbe Benham Marist College
Malachi Lacadre Grey McMurry University
Dustin Shoaf Mercyhurst University
Tommy Mellot Montana State University
Lawrence Richardson Morgan State University
KJ Williams Morningside University
Juan Velarde North Carolina Central University
Myron Lewis North Central College
Braylon Henderson North Dakota State University
Drew Thornton Ohio Wesleyan University
Thomas Lidondici Pace University
Cole Nahlik Peru State College
Nasir Cook Princeton University
Jimmy Buck Saint John’s University (Minn.)
Nick Blanchard Southern Nazarene University
Dante Vasquez Springfield College
Jaret Porterfield Stephen F. Austin State University
Lake Barrett The College of Wooster
Trey Brausch Thomas More University
Matthew Palazzo Tusculum University
David Walker University of Central Arkansas
Brock Gingrich University of Delaware
Mathias Bertram University of Idaho
Ted Mullin University of North Dakota
Mario Jacobs University of Redlands
Tristan Wheeler University of Richmond
Micah Roane University of South Dakota
Will Burke University of St. Thomas (Minn.)
Reuben Lowery III University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Justin Blazek University of Wisconsin-Platteville
John Stroughn Utica University
Owen Grover Wartburg College
Noah Nicklin Wayne State University
JJ Ross, DB Western Illinois University
Brice Butler Westminster College (Pa.)
Charles Grant William & Mary
Trevor Grant Wingate University
Darrick McLean Winston-Salem State University
Oso Ifesinachukwu Yale University
Michael Voitus Youngstown State University

Head Coach

Name School
Jeff Monken Army West Point
Scotty Walden Austin Peay State University
Mike Clowney Carson-Newman University
Jim McElwain Central Michigan University
David Archer Cornell University
Jimmy Terwilliger East Stroudsburg University
Walt Wells Eastern Kentucky University
Chris Creighton Eastern Michigan University
Jesse Burleson Hardin-Simmons University
Keith Otterbein Hillsdale College
Dave Doeren NC State University
Ryan Day Ohio State University
Gary Fasching Saint John’s University (Minn.)
Joey McGuire Texas Tech University
Jerheme Urban Trinity University
Jason Eck University of Idaho
Mike Locksley University of Maryland
Mario Cristobal University of Miami (Fla.)
Bill Zwaan West Chester University
Mike London William & Mary

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 82 selections to the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team since it began in 1992. The SEC is followed by the Atlantic Coast Conference with 52 selections and the Big 12 Conference and Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference with 39 selections. Georgia is in first place with 22 honorees to the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team. The Bulldogs are followed by Kentucky with 17 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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