22 Selections to the 2006 AFCA Good Works TeamĀ®

The Southeastern Conference boasts four schools with student-athletes selected to the 2006 American Football Coaches Association Good Works Team®, while St. Thomas earned its record ninth-straight selection.  Nebraska fullback Dane Todd became the 11th Husker selected to the Good Works Team, which leads all schools, while Quentin Moses of Georgia became the 10th Bulldog selected. Kyle Steffes became North Dakota State’s third selection on the Divisional Team. Georgetown, Iona, Northwestern, Oklahoma, St. John’s (Minn.), Stanford, Tusculum, Valparaiso, Wabash, Wartburg and Youngstown State all earned Good Works honors for the first time.

The two 11-man teams, a Division I-A team and a combined team from Divisions I-AA, II, III and the NAIA, honor players for their dedication and commitment to community service. From 1992-1996, the Good Works Team was selected by the College Football Association. When the CFA disbanded in 1997, the AFCA began selecting the teams.

“It never ceases to amaze me to see the contributions student-athletes make to their communities,” AFCA Executive Director Grant Teaff said. “Often times, these young men are better known for the good things they do on the field. The AFCA is proud to recognize these student-athletes for the good things they do in their communities.”

Criteria: Nominations were submitted to the AFCA by the college sports information departments. Nominees have to be actively involved and committed to working with a charitable organization, service group or involved in other community service activities.

Candidates have to display sincere concern and reliability, while also having made a favorable impression on the organizations with which they are involved. Athletic ability is not a criteria.

Football Bowl Subdivision (I-A)

Name   Cl.  Pos.  School  Hometown (High School)
William Brown Jr. OL South Carolina Booneville, N.C. (Starmount)
Trent Edwards Sr. QB Stanford Los Gatos, Calif. (Los Gatos)
Jacob Gutierrez
Jr. RB Oklahoma San Antonio, Texas (Madison)
Joel Howells Sr. PK Northwestern Sycamore, Ill. (Sycamore)
Bob Morton Sr. OL Notre Dame McKinney, Texas (McKinney)
Quentin Moses Sr. DE Georgia Athens, Ga. (Cedar Shoals)
Tyler Palko Sr. QB Pittsburgh Imperial, Pa. (West Allegheny)
Jacob Tamme
Jr.
TE Kentucky Danville, Ky. (Boyle County)
Dane Todd Sr.
FB Nebraska Lincoln, Neb. (Southeast)
Eric Weddle Sr. DB Utah Alta Loma, Calif. (Alta Loma)
James Wilhoit Sr. PK Tennessee Hendersonville, Tenn. (Hendersonville)

 

Football Championship Subdivision (I-AA), Divisions II, III, and NAIA

Name  Cl.
Pos.
School Hometown (High School)
Glen Black Sr. PK Tusculum Bristol, Tenn. (Tennessee)
Kyle Duchman Jr. WR Wartburg Cedar Falls, Iowa (Cedar Falls)
David Fajgenbaum Sr. QB Georgetown (D.C.) Raleigh, N.C. (Ravenscroft)
Chris Greisl
Sr. LB Wabash Carmel, Ind. (Carmel)
Ryan Koepke Jr. LB Valparaiso Fort Wayne, Ind. (Homestead)
Kevin McNamara
Sr. DL St. John’s (Minn.) Mahtomedi, Minn. (Mahtomedi)
Andrew Morris Sr. OL Iona Manhattan Beach, Calif. (Loyola)
Brian Nickel Sr.
DL Johns Hopkins Waupun, Wis. (Waupun)
Kyle Steffes
Sr.
HB North Dakota State Dickinson, N.D. (Trinity)
P.J. Theisen Sr. WR St. Thomas (Minn.) Elko, Minn. (New Prague)
Jeremiah Wright Sr. LB Youngstown St. Orlando, Fla. (Edgewater)

 

Player Bios for Division I-A Good Works Team®

William Brown, OL, Junior, South Carolina: Volunteer for Children’s Chance Dinner for two years ... Member of the Pigskin Poets at Richland County (S.C.) Public Library ... Participated in numerous Family Literacy Nights at Oak Grove (S.C.) Elementary ... Volunteered for the Salvation Army and Wesley Brown Day Children’s Hospital ... Guest speaker at numerous churches and for DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) graduation program ... Greeted and spoke to injured soldiers returning from Iraq at Fort Jackson (S.C.).

Trent Edwards, QB, Senior, Stanford: Active volunteer in the YES reading program in Mountain View, Calif. ... Volunteers at the Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula (Calif.) ... Assists with various youth clinics put on by the coaches and team ... Makes frequent appearances to elementary schools on behalf of the Stanford football team, and gives numerous speeches. 

Jacob Gutierrez, RB, Junior, Oklahoma: Volunteers more than 100 hours of community service each year in Norman ... Presented with the Norman United Way Young Volunteer of the Year Award in 2005 ... One of six collegiate finalists, and the only football player in that group, for the 2005 John Wooden Citizenship Cup ... FCA Huddle Leader at Irving (Okla.) Middle School and an active member of the OU Huddle, speaking publicly on behalf of the FCA ... Works directly with the Madison and Cleveland (Okla.) Elementary reading program ... Participates in annual FCA Food Drive benefiting needy families and interacting with children.

Joel Howells, PK, Senior, Northwestern: Student-Athlete Advisory Committee football representative who is an integral part of the SAAC programming and community service efforts, including the holiday food drive, holiday book drive, and speaking with local schools and youth organizations ... Regular volunteer for the American Cancer Society Generation Fit program ... Assists with the YMCA Spring Break programming ... Mentor for an at-risk male student for the Junior Wildkit Mentoring Program in Evanston.

Bob Morton, OL, Senior, Notre Dame: Active member of Tackle the Arts with the Saint Joseph County (Ind.) Library, which is a service activity that allows athletes to work with parents and their children on poetry, creative writing, reading, art and music ... Helped distribute gifts to children at Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center in South Bend ... Made missionary trip to Monterrey, Mexico to help on construction projects ... Spent summer of 2006 speaking one-on-one with athletes in Paris, Texas, about academics and ethical behavior.

Quentin Moses, DE, Senior, Georgia: Worked on numerous Habitat for Humanity home builds in the Athens, Georgia area ... Participated in St. Mary’s Hospital visitation programs and visited the elderly in assisted living centers ... Given speeches and participated in reading programs at several local elementary schools ... Involved in Georgia’s Hurricane Katrina Relief Project, which raised over $10,000 ... Volunteer at the East Athens Community Center and the Athens/Clarke County Project REACH.

Tyler Palko, QB, Senior, Pittsburgh: Started the TC House Foundation, a non-profit organization established to raise money for the construction of a group home for individuals with Down Syndrome in Imperial, Pa. ... Participated in the 2006 Walk for Autism, which raised funds for autism research ... Selected as a DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) role model, and has been keynote speaker for the organization’s events ... Regular visitor of Pittsburgh’s Children’s Hospital, spending time with patients and their families.

Jacob Tamme, TE, Junior, Kentucky:  Guest speaker at numerous elementary schools and football camps ... Organized a letter-writing campaign where the entire football team wrote individual “get well” letters to an 11-year old cancer patient at UK Children’s Hospital ... Celebrity visitor to the Veteran’s Administration Hospital for two years ... Participated in the American Heart Walk ... Mentor at Boyle (Ky.) Middle School ... Delivered meals for Saint Peter and Paul Church ... Student-worker at UK’s Big Blue Caravan.

Dane Todd, FB, Senior, Nebraska: Volunteer at community events such as Dads of Kids with Disabilities, Safe Quarters Friendship Home Fund Drive, Husker Haunted Hoops, Breakfast of Champions, Nebraska Dance Marathon for Children’s Miracle Network, Relay for Life and Healthy Kids Day ... Makes visits to Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital, St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Omaha Children’s Hospital and 10 nursing homes ... Speaks to youth about education, health and leadership at numerous elementary schools. 

Eric Weddle, DB, Senior, Utah: Tutors children with learning disabilities at three different elementary schools ... Plays with kids and talks to them about the importance of education and doing things right at Utah Youth Correctional Facility ... Makes visits to Utah Primary Children’s Hospital ... Volunteers at the Utah Food Bank ... Reads to children at local recreation center ... Speaks and plays with children at numerous elementary schools, expressing the importance of education.

James Wilhoit, PK, Senior, Tennessee: Accumulated more than 250 community service hours ... Guest speaker at Halls (Tenn.) Middle School ... Took part in the East Tennessee Children’s Hospital Telethon ... Participated in Tennessee Dance Marathon, which raised money for East Tennessee Children’s Hospital ... Helped raise money for the Red Cross Hurricane Katrina relief efforts ... Active in “Lettermen for Learning,” traveling to community schools encouraging children to stay in school ... Spoke at local D.A.R.E. ceremony.

 

Player Bios for Division I-AA, II, III and NAIA Good Works Team®

Glen Black, PK, Senior, Tusculum: Volunteered accounting services in reviewing financial books for Youth Builders service organization ... Led weekly Bible study at Fellowship of Christian Athletes meetings for three years ... Active “Watchcare” member of Tusculum Baptist Church where he works with elementary school children in Bible study program ... Participated in numerous community service activities through church activities ... Active member of the Tusculum Student Government.

Kyle Duchman, WR, Junior, Wartburg: Study table leader for Wartburg football team, which assists a number of student-athletes in upcoming assignments and projects ... Emergency Room volunteer, assisting with day-to-day tasks of running the ER ... Helps out with any needed task at Westminster Presbyterian Church ... Helps plan events for Orchard Hill (Iowa) Church Living Unit Group and another Cedar Valley (Iowa) area church ... Assists with local youth basketball program during weekends and is a Little League umpire.

David Fajgenbaum, QB, Senior, Georgetown (D.C.): Started the “Students of Ailing Mothers and Fathers” Support Network, whose acronym (AMF) comes directly from his mother’s name, Anne Marie Fajgenbaum, who passed away from a brain tumor in December 2004, with the goal of the network to help students to cope with the difficulties associated with having a sick loved one ... Also began service group of more than 350 Georgetown students that participates in service projects throughout the community in memory of lost loved ones.

Chris Greisl, LB, Senior, Wabash: Wabash Football Community Service captain ... Participates in the Indiana Special Olympics Plane Pull, which is an event to raise money for Special Olympics ... Participated in football trip to Panama and worked in villages and area farms ... Organizes community service events for the football team such as a Youth Day Camp, Riley Hospital visit and the Special Olympics Plane Pull ... Volunteer at Crawfordsville (Ind.) Battered Women’s Shelter and worked on Indiana Highway clean-up.

Ryan Koepke, LB, Junior, Valparaiso: Camp counselor at Camp Watcha Wanna Do, which is a week long camp for children who are cancer patients or survivors ... Participated in Hands of Hope International Medical Mission trip to Guatemala, providing medical care, nutrition advice, dental care and vaccinations ... Volunteers with Interfaith Hospitality Network, which is a non-profit organization that uses local churches to provide shelter for homeless families ... Participated in Read for Fun Day at Central (Ind.) Elementary School.

Kevin McNamara, DL, Senior, St. John’s (Minn.): Spent over three years as a Personal Care Assistant for a young man with Down Syndrome ... Volunteers in a peer mentoring program at Mahtomedi (Minn.) High School working with special needs students ... Tutors third through fifth grade students at St. Joseph Lab School in St. Joseph, Minn. ... Helped raise money for cancer research at Night to Fight Cancer ... Volunteer at College of St. Benedict Dr. Seuss Day, reading and playing with children.

Andrew Morris, OL, Senior, Iona: Facilitated the distribution of clothing and shower facilities while also preparing meals, cleaning clothing and giving haircuts to the area’s needy at the Church of the Blessed Sacrament’s homeless shelter in Hollywood, Calif. ... Leader in Student-Athlete Advisory Committee in numerous community service initiatives including Thanksgiving food drives for needy families, Sound Shore Hospital Toy Drive, as well as an effort to gather goods to send to U.S. servicemen in Iraq and a Hurricane Katrina relief drive.

Brian Nickel, DL, Senior, Johns Hopkins: Volunteers at Penn Lucia Church in Baltimore working with inner-city children in a variety of academic areas ... Spent two years working with people confined to the dementia ward at a local nursing home ... Participated in the Howard Hughes Summer Research Fellowship, researching cancer cells and examining their growth ... Hosted and led a weekly Bible study through Johns Hopkins’ Greek Christian Fellowship.

Kyle Steffes, HB, Senior, North Dakota State: Featured in Eat Smart Play Hard Program, which emphasizes healthy eating and physical activity ... Big Brother mentorship of 10-year old boy for two years ... Special Olympics volunteer judge for power lifting events ... Participated in Fargo (N.D.) Elementary Reading and Recess Program ... Involved in sandbagging for the Fargo-Moorhead (N.D.) community during the 2006 spring flood season ... Participated in Halloween Party given for Fargo-Moorhead (N.D.) children.

P.J. Theisen, WR, Senior, St. Thomas (Minn.): Volunteered at the National Veterans Wheelchair Games, Knights of Columbus Pancake Breakfast and participated in a Red Ribbon Ride to raise money for AIDS research ... Reads to elementary school students at St. Paul (Minn.) schools for the “Read, Read, Read Program” ... Member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and helped organize homecoming pep fest and Toys for Teens Drive ... Assists “Athletes Committed to Educating Students” in putting on triathlon.

Jeremiah Wright, LB, Senior, Youngstown State: Volunteered at Special Olympics event at Austintown Fitch (Ohio) High School ... Spends time with children who have mental and behavior disorders at Tod’s Children’s Hospital ... Assisted in fund-raising bizarre for Morning Star Catholic (Fla.) School for Special Needs ... Donated presents to less-fortunate children and served pancakes to help raise money for Newman Center ... Visits local elementary schools and talks to the children about issues that are affecting their lives.

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