Allstate, AFCA Announce Nominees for Good Works Team
To honor the distinguished group of college football players who stand out for the positive influence they have in their communities, Allstate Insurance Company and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) announced the 112 student-athletes nominated for the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®. It is the most ever in the 19-year history of the award.
In the areas of giving back and volunteerism, the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® represents the “best of the best” among more than 50,000 student-athletes participating in the sport at all four-year institutions. The total eclipses the 106 nominees achieved last season, demonstrating the continued growth of a platform that is widely recognized as the most prestigious community service award in college football.
While glory and praise may be traditionally reserved for the most athletically skilled college football players on the field, it is the student-athletes committed to serving others who make the most important impact off the field. The Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® exists to tell their stories and acknowledge their impact beyond the game.
“In the third year of our partnership with the AFCA, Allstate, our employees and our agents continue to be inspired by the stories of class and character displayed by these young men,” said Guy Hill, vice president of sales and service for Allstate, who also serves on the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® voting panel. “We applaud the commitment of these 112 student-athletes to positively impact their communities with innovation, creativity and passion that reflects so well on their sport, and their respective institutions.”
This year’s class of nominations includes student-athletes with a wide range of accomplishments, including developing programs to support Haitian relief efforts, working with rural and minority students to help them reach their goal of attending medical school, and organizing a campus fundraiser to incentivize students to shave their heads to raise money for pediatric cancer research.
From the nominees submitted by sports information directors on behalf of their schools, a special voting panel consisting of former Good Works Team® members and prominent college football media members is responsible for selecting two 11-player Good Works Teams® – one comprising of players from the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision and another representing players from the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision, Divisions II, III, and the NAIA – to be announced in September. College Football Hall of Fame member and ESPN broadcaster Lou Holtz is returning for a third year to serve as spokesperson for the program and raise awareness for the stories of the nominees and team members.
“For the third straight year, the AFCA is pleased to partner with Allstate in highlighting football student-athletes who have achieved outstanding success, both on and off the football,” said Grant Teaff, AFCA Executive Director. “From the record total of nominees that were submitted from colleges and universities around the country, it is apparent that collegiate football is producing some of the best and brightest that our country has to offer.”
ESPN.com will launch a customized Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® web site featuring profiles and images of the final 22 award recipients, as well as unique and interactive content for college football fans. For the first time in the program’s history, fans will be able to vote for a Team Captain on ESPN.com.
The 2010 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® voting panel includes: former Good Works Team® members Matt Stinchcomb (Georgia, 1997, 1998 teams), Mike Proman (Amherst, 2002 team), Mewelde Moore (Tulane, 2003 team), Brian Brenberg (St. Thomas, 2001 team), Zaid Abdul-Aleem (Duke, 1994 team); media members Lou Holtz (ESPN), Pat Forde (ESPN.com), Tom O’Toole (USA Today), Gary Shelton (St. Petersburg Times), Blair Kerkhoff (Kansas City Star); current AFCA President and Mount Union College Head Coach Larry Kehres; 1996 AFCA President Fisher DeBerry, former head coach at the United States Air Force Academy; and Allstate Vice President, Guy Hill.
The following players have been nominated for consideration to be named to the 2010 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®:
Football Bowl Subdivision (Div I-A)
|Arizona State University – Thomas Weber||University of Alabama – John Michael Boswell|
|Baylor University – Robert Griffin||University of Connecticut – Zach Hurd|
|Bowling Green State University – Ben Bojicic||University of Florida – Jeff Demps|
|Brigham Young University – Riley Nelson||University of Idaho – Tyrone Novikoff|
|Central Michigan University – Brian Bennyhoff||University of Iowa – Julian Vandervelde|
|Clemson University – Mason Cloy||University of Kansas – Brad Thorson|
|Colorado State University – Eugene Daniels||University of Kentucky – Randall Cobb|
|Duke University – Bryan Morgan||University of Memphis – Dominik Riley|
|Florida State University – Christian Ponder||University of Mississippi – Jerrell Powe|
|Georgia Institute of Technology – Roddy Jones||University of Missouri – Dan Hoch|
|Indiana University – Ben Chappell||University of Nebraska-Lincoln – Alex Henery|
|Iowa State University – Alex Alvarez||University of Nevada-Las Vegas – Matt Murphy|
|Kansas State University – Alex Hrebec||University of North Carolina – Robert Quinn|
|Marshall University – Lee Smith||University of Notre Dame – Dayne Crist|
|Michigan State University – Kirk Cousins||University of Oklahoma – Quinton Carter|
|Northern Illinois University – Adam Kiel||University of Pittsburgh – Greg Romeus|
|Northwestern University – Corbin Bryant||University of South Carolina – Cliff Matthews|
|Ohio State University – Bryant Browning||University of Southern California – D.J. Shoemate|
|Oklahoma State University – Andrew McGee||University of Southern Mississippi – Austin Davis|
|Penn State University – Stefen Wisniewski||U.S. Naval Academy – Ricky Dobbs|
|Purdue University – Kyle Adams||University of Tennessee – Nick Reveiz|
|Rice University – Cheta Ozougwu||University of Texas-Austin – Sam Acho|
|Rutgers University – Howard Barbieri||University of Texas-El Paso – Donald Buckram|
|Southern Methodist University – Pete Fleps||University of Toledo – Colin McHugh|
|Syracuse University – Bud Tribbey||University of Virginia – Ras-I Dowling|
|Temple University – Amara Kamara||Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University – Danny Coale|
|Texas A&M University – Jerrod Johnson||University of Wisconsin – Scott Tolzien|
|Texas Christian University – Tejay Johnson||Western Michigan University – Nick Mitchell|
|Texas Tech University – Baron Batch|
Combined Divisions (FCS (I-AA) II, III & NAIA)
|Augustana College (S.D.) – Diego Oquendo||Rowan University – Matt Hoffman|
|Bethel University (Minn.) – David Vavra||St. John’s University (Minn.) – John Stanton|
|Campbell University – Charles Fiore||Salisbury University – Jamey McClendon|
|Campbellsville University (Ky.) – Calvin Bini||Samford University – Jeremy Towns|
|Central Methodist University – Matt Fraley||Southern Illinois University – Mike McElroy|
|Centre College (Ky.) – Jonathan Pinque||Southwest Baptist University – Steve Gachette|
|Charleston Southern University – Jordan Lancaster||Tarleton State University – Brandon Johnson|
|University of the Cumberlands (Ky.) – Madison McCalmon||Texas A&M University-Kingsville – DeIra Glover|
|Davidson College – John Behm||Texas State University – Steven Kenney|
|Drake University – Ben Morrison||University of Dayton – Dan Prindle|
|Eastern New Mexico University – Jesse Poku||University of Delaware – Siddiq Haynes|
|Eastern Oregon University – Chris Ware||University of Dubuque – Michael Zweifel|
|Elon University – Khirey Walker||University of Mary Hardin-Baylor – Max Taylor|
|Ferrum College – T.J. Grzesikowski||University of Montana – Andrew Selle|
|Frostburg State University – Terryl Monroe||University of Rochester – Conor McMahon|
|Heidelberg University – Derrick Arbogast||University of St. Thomas (Minn.) – Ben Wartman|
|Hillsdale College – Kevin Hershock||University of Wisconsin-Stout – Patrick Mengelkoch|
|Illinois Wesleyan University – Eli Williams||University of Wisconsin-Whitewater – Aaron Rusch|
|Lindenwood University – Billy Clark||Ursinus College – Mike Rissmiller|
|Luther College – Jordan Grimm||Wartburg College – Andrew Creary|
|Methodist University – Tyler Mosko||Washington University (Mo.) – John Schneider|
|Millikin University – Dion Wilson||Wayne State University (Mich.) – Nick Thomas|
|Montana State University – Tanner Ripley||Western Carolina University – Chris Everett|
|North Dakota State University – Matthew Gratzek||Willamette University – Scott Schoettgen|
|Northern Arizona University – Mike Battisti||Winona State University – Cody Dummer|
|Northwestern State University – Justin Aldredge||Wittenberg University – Jeremy Block|
|Ohio Northern University – Kyle Simmons||Youngstown State University – Torrance Nicholson|
|Ouachita Baptist University – Eli Cranor|
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About the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®
In order to meet the criteria set forth by Allstate and AFCA, each player must be actively involved and committed to working with a charitable organization, service group or community service while maintaining good academic standing.
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.
Since 1992, the Southeastern Conference leads all conferences with 52 selections to the Good Works Teams®, followed by the Big 12 with 36 selections and the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference with 22 selections. In 2009, St. Thomas, Minn. defensive back Jeffrey Hilliard became the 12th Tommie to be selected to the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®, giving them the most selections of all time. Super Bowl XLII and XLI champion quarterbacks Eli and Peyton Manning were members of the 2002 and 1997 Good Works Teams®, respectively.
The American Football Coaches Association was founded in 1922 and currently has more than 10,000 members around the world ranging from the high school level to the professional ranks. According to its constitution, 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.”