Allstate and AFCA Announce 2008 Good Works Team®
More than a month into the 2008 college football season, the off-the-field achievements of a select group of dedicated and hard-working players have distinguished them from among the more than 50,000 student-athletes competing in the sport. To honor these players and bring awareness to their selfless deeds, Allstate Insurance Company and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) have announced the 22 student-athletes chosen for the 2008 Allstate AFCA Good Works Teams®.
The 22 college football players awarded this prestigious honor were selected by a special selection committee from the 71 nominations submitted by sports information directors on behalf of their teams. The two 11-member teams – one composed of players competing in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (I-A) and a combined team representing the NCAA Championship Subdivision (I-AA), Divisions II, III and the NAIA – honor players that embody the true spirit of “teamwork” and “giving back” through selfless contributions and commendable acts of kindness.
This is the 17th consecutive season the Allstate AFCA Good Works Teams® have been selected, and the first that Allstate has partnered with the AFCA to present the awards. Newly elected member of the College Football Hall of Fame and former Notre Dame head football coach Lou Holtz will serve as the spokesperson for the 2008 Allstate AFCA Good Works Teams®
”Allstate is proud to partner with the AFCA to highlight the extraordinary efforts of these student athletes,” said Lisa Cochrane, vice president of marketing for Allstate. “Giving back to our communities is a value Allstate holds dear, and having the opportunity to recognize these young men for the service they’ve provided off the field is an honor for us.”
During a time when off-the-field transgressions seem to dominate the news headlines, these players have quietly made a favorable impression on the organizations and people with which they are involved. From donating bone marrow to rescuing children from an overturned bus, the positive impact that these players have made and continue to make on their communities can be measured by more than just touchdowns, tackles, and receptions.
“These 22 student-athletes represent thousands of college football players who make a difference in their communities through volunteer service on campus and in their hometowns,” said AFCA Executive Director Grant Teaff. “We’re proud to join Allstate in recognizing these young people who are dedicated to improving the world in which we live.”
Allstate has assembled a high-profile voting panel made up of previous Good Works Team® members, including former University of Mississippi running back Deuce McAllister and former University of Georgia lineman Matt Stinchcomb, as well as prominent college football media personalities, including ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit and CBSSports.com’s Dennis Dodd, to elect this year’s teams. Also a part of the selection committee are current AFCA president and University of Washington head coach Tyrone Willingham, 1996 AFCA president and former head coach at the United States Air Force Academy Fisher DeBerry, and Allstate senior vice president Steve Sorenson.
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. Candidates must also display sincere concern and reliability, while also having made a favorable impression on the organizations with which they are involved. Neither athletic ability nor on-the-field achievements are among the selection criteria.
The following players have been selected to the 2008 Allstate AFCA Good Works Teams®:
Football Bowl Subdivision (I-A)
||Sr.||RB||Arizona State University||Peoria, Ariz.|
|Re’quan Boyette||Sr.||RB||Duke University
||Sr.||LB||University of Illinois||Decatur, Ill.|
|Tim Masthay||Sr.||P/K||University of Kentucky
||Sr.||QB||University of Maryland
|Matt Simon||Sr.||WR||Northern Illinois University||Farmington, Minn.|
||Sr.||WR||Northwestern University||Sherman, Ill.|
|Gerald McCoy||So.||DT||University of Oklahoma
||Oklahoma City, Okla.|
|Colt McCoy||Jr.||QB||University of Texas||Tuscola, Texas|
|Brian Duncan||So.||LB||Texas Tech University||Baton Rouge, La.|
|Tito Gonzales||Sr.||WR||West Virginia University
Football Championship Subdivision (I-AA), Divisions II, III, and NAIA
|Daniel Bocanegra||Sr.||WR||University at Albany
||Daly City, Calif.|
||Sr.||CB||Harvard University||Bel Air, Md.|
|Nick Finley||Sr.||DE||Henderson State University||Malvern, Ark.|
||Sr.||OT||Hillsdale College||Ypsilanti, Mich.|
|Colin Dow||Sr.||OL||University of Montana||Billings, Mont.|
||Sr.||RB||North Dakota State University
||West Fargo, N.D.|
|Michael Van Portfliet
||So.||DB||University of Northern Colorado||Parker, Colo.|
|Rocky Horn||Jr.||WR||St. Cloud State University||Melrose, Minn.|
||RB||University of St. Thomas
||Sr.||DB||Sewanee: The University of the South||Danielsville, Ga.|
|Larry Warner||Sr.||RB||Southern Illinois University||Vicksburg, Miss.|
About the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®
Mikkel Haugen gave the University of St. Thomas its record 11th straight selection to the 2008 Allstate AFCA Good Works Teams®, tying the University of Georgia and the University of Nebraska for most selections all-time. Institutions that had student-athletes named to the team for the first time included the University at Albany, Harvard University, Henderson State University, Hillsdale College, University of Illinois, University of Maryland, University of Northern Colorado, Northern Illinois University, St. Cloud State University and Sewanee.
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.
Since 1992, the SEC leads all conferences with 50 selections to the Good Works Teams®, followed by the Big 12 with 35 selections and the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference with 20 selections. Former Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® members include Super Bowl XLII and XLI champion quarterbacks Eli and Peyton Manning, respectively, Vince Young, Daunte Culpepper and Tom Zbikowski.
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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.”