2014 Good Works Team Nominees Announced

Nominees announced for top college football honor recognizing outstanding community service achievements

For 23 years the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® has served as one of the most coveted and prestigious off-the-field honors in college football. The award recognizes players whose charitable involvement and community service contributions stand out among all other student-athletes participating in the sport. Today, Allstate Insurance Company and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) announced a record-breaking 182 nominees from across the country who represent the sport’s finest in the areas of volunteerism and leadership among their peers.

Since its establishment in 1992, the award has existed to pay tribute to the "good" in college football that extends beyond the wins and the losses. While balancing academics and athletics, this select group of student-athletes nominated by their respective colleges and universities has committed their limited free time to having a lasting impact on their communities. 

“Year after year, the ‘good works’ associated with this impressive group of student-athletes continue to inspire and raise the bar for future nominees,” said Jim Haskins, president of Allstate’s West Territory and a member of the 2014 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® voting panel. “Allstate is proud to be a part of an award that recognizes the importance of giving back to the communities where we live, work and cheer on game day.”

While heroes emerge on the gridiron each Saturday, this year’s nominees’ heroics extend beyond touchdowns and tackles. From establishing an epilepsy awareness campaign that has touched the lives of more than 100,000 families to founding a book club program to provide at-risk youth with safe and structured after-school activities, the impressive service resumes of these remarkable student-athletes has earned them recognition on a national level.

"It’s great to see all the ‘good works’ these student-athletes are doing at their universities and in their communities," Grant Teaff, AFCA executive director said. "The AFCA is proud to work with Allstate in highlighting the record number of nominees sent in for the 2014 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®.

Comprised of 11 players from the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision and 11 players from the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision, Divisions II, III and the NAIA, the final roster of 22 award recipients will be unveiled in September. From the nominees submitted by sports information directors across the nation on behalf of their schools, a special voting panel consisting of former Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® members and prominent college football media members will select the 2014 Good Works Team.® 

The 2014 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® voting panel includes: former Good Works Team® members Zaid Abdul-Aleem (Duke, 1994 team), Matt Stinchcomb (Georgia, 1997, 1998 teams), Brian Brenberg (St. Thomas, 2001 team), Mike Proman (Amherst, 2002 team); media members Lou Holtz (ESPN), Kirk Herbstreit (ESPN), Bruce Feldman (Fox Sports),  Blair Kerkhoff (Kansas City Star); current AFCA President and Ithaca College head coach Mike Welch; 1987 AFCA President and former head coach at Brigham Young University LaVell Edwards; and Jim Haskins, president of Allstate’s West Territory.

Once the final team members are announced in September, fans are encouraged to visit the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® website on ESPN.com, featuring profiles and images of the players, for the opportunity to vote for the 2014 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® Captain.

In order to meet the criteria set forth by Allstate and the AFCA, each player must be actively involved and committed to working with a charitable organization or service group while maintaining a strong academic standing.

The following players have been nominated for consideration to be named to the 2014 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team. ®

Football Bowl Subdivision

  • Arizona State University – Taylor Kelly
  • Auburn University – Sammie Coates
  • Ball State University – Jacob Richard
  • Baylor University – Bryce Petty
  • Boise State University – Corey Bell
  • Brigham Young University – Taysom Hill
  • California State University, Fresno –Karl Mickelsen
  • Central Michigan University – Deon Butler
  • Clemson University – Adam Humphries
  • Colorado State University – Bernard Blake
  • Duke University – Laken Tomlinson
  • Georgia Institute of Technology – Isaiah Johnson
  • Georgia Southern University – Edwin Jackson
  • Georgia State University – Sean Jeppesen
  • Indiana University – Mark Murphy
  • Iowa State University – Cory Morrissey
  • Kansas State University – Ryan Mueller
  • Kent State University – Nate Vance
  • Louisiana State University – Jamie Keehn
  • Marshall University – Chris Jasperse
  • Michigan State University – Keith Mumphery
  • Middle Tennessee State University – Reggie Whatley
  • Mississippi State University – Dak Prescott
  • North Carolina State University – Wil Baumann
  • Northwestern University – Max Chapman
  • Ohio State University – Michael Bennett
  • Ohio University – Josh Kristoff
  • Oklahoma State University – J.W. Walsh
  • Old Dominion University – Josh Mann
  • Oregon State University – Obum Gwacham
  • Purdue University – Robert Kugler
  • Rice University – Malcolm Hill
  • Rutgers University – David Milewski
  • San Jose State University – Jabari Carr
  • Syracuse University – Sam Rodgers
  • Temple University – Kenneth Harper
  • Texas A&M University – Josh Lambo
  • Texas Christian University – Sam Carter
  • Texas Tech University – Bradley Marquez
  • Tulane University – Matt Marfisi
  • U.S. Air Force Academy – Broam Hart
  • University at Buffalo – Joe Licata
  • University of California Los Angeles – Brett Hundley
  • University of Akron – Kyle Pohl
  • University of Alabama – Landon Collins
  • University of Arizona – Jared Tevis
  • University of California – Jeffrey Coprich
  • University of Central Florida – Joey Grant
  • University of Cincinnati – Brandon Mitchell
  • University of Colorado – Juda Parker
  • University of Connecticut – Casey Cochran
  • University of Florida – Mark Herndon
  • University of Georgia – Chris Conley
  • University of Houston – Trevon Stewart
  • University of Illinois – Mason Monheim
  • University of Iowa – Mark Weisman
  • University of Kansas – JaCorey Shepherd
  • University of Kentucky – Max Godby
  • University of Louisville – Jermaine Reve
  • University of Maryland – Sal Conaboy
  • University of Memphis – Martin Ifedi
  • University of Miami – Dallas Crawford
  • University of Michigan – Brennen Beyer
  • University of Minnesota – Peter Mortell
  • University of Mississippi – Deterrian Shackelford
  • University of Nebraska – Ameer Abdullah
  • University of North Carolina – Landon Turner
  • University of Notre Dame – Joe Schmidt
  • University of Oregon – Marcus Mariota
  • University of Pittsburgh – David Durham
  • University of South Carolina – Dylan Thompson
  • University of South Florida – Thor Jozwiak
  • University of Southern California – Hayes Pullard
  • University of Southern Mississippi – Corey Acosta
  • University of Tennessee – Curt Maggitt
  • University of Texas – Nate Boyer
  • University of Texas at El Paso – Nathan Jeffery
  • University of Toledo – Greg Mancz
  • University of Tulsa – Michael Mudoh
  • University of Virginia –Henry Coley
  • University of Washington – Hau’oli Kikaha
  • University of Wisconsin – Derek Watt
  • University of Wyoming – Dominic Rufran
  • Utah State University – Chuckie Keeton
  • Vanderbilt University – Andrew East
  • Virginia Tech – Kyshoen Jarrett
  • Wake Forest University – Jordan Garside
  • Washington State University – Jeremiah Allison
  • West Virginia University – Michael Molinari
  • Western Michigan University – Zach Terrell

Combined Divisions (FCS, II, III & NAIA)

  • Alma College – Blake Padget
  • Amherst College – Chris Tamasi
  • Angelo State University – Kyle Washington
  • Bentley University – Danny Guadagnoli
  • Bethel University – Joshua Perkins
  • Bucknell University – Josh Brake
  • Carson-Newman College – William Alderman
  • Central Methodist University – Kaleb Borghardt
  • Chadron State College – Sam Parker
  • Charleston Southern University – Christian Reyes
  • Clarion University of Pennsylvania – Matthew Shuey
  • College of the Holy Cross – Tyler Zeoli
  • Concordia College Moorhead – Domenic Fraboni
  • Cumberland University – Reed Gurchiek
  • Dakota State University – Bobby Tisch
  • Davidson College – Dan Casey
  • Drake University – John Hugunin
  • East Stroudsburg University – Bryan Thomson
  • East Texas Baptist University – Jake McClain
  • Eastern Kentucky University – Jared McClain
  • Eastern New Mexico University – Jeremy Buurma
  • Elon University – Alexander Dawson
  • Ferris State University – Jason Vander Laan
  • Florida Institute of Technology – Manny Abad
  • Fordham University – Ian Williams
  • Franklin & Marshall College – Nick Porcelli
  • Hampton University – Twarn Mixson
  • Heidelberg College – Austin Hunter
  • Howard University – Greg McGhee
  • Illinois State University – Mike Banks
  • Indiana State University – Mark Sewall
  • Jacksonville State University – Dalton Screws
  • John Carroll University – Jack Corrigan
  • Johns Hopkins University – Michael Longo
  • Johnson C. Smith University – LeAnder Barney
  • Juniata College – Ward Udinski
  • Kansas Wesleyan University – Taylor Sachs
  • Lake Forest College – Joey Kropp
  • Lamar University – Logan Moss
  • Liberty University – Jonathan Burgess
  • Loras College – Tucker Brady
  • MacMurray College – Zach Mudd
  • Marian University – Tevin Lake
  • Marist College – James Holodnak
  • Mercer University – John Russ
  • Millersville University – Trenton Petrovich
  • Missouri Southern State University – Ryon Phillips
  • Missouri State University – Caleb Schaffitzel
  • Nebraska Wesleyan University – Connor Zumpfe
  • North Central College – Peter Sorenson
  • Northern Arizona University – Austin Hasquet
  • Northwestern College – Ben Green
  • Notre Dame College – Ray Russ
  • Ouachita Baptist University – Spencer Knight
  • Ohio Dominican University – Mark Miller
  • Ohio Wesleyan University – Kevin Herman
  • Pacific Lutheran University – Greg Hibbard
  • Princeton University – Mike Ramos
  • Rowan University – Chris Alvarez
  • Saint Augustine’s University – Dominque Marsh
  • Saint Francis University – Matt Camilletti
  • Saint John’s University – Alex Jarosz
  • Shippensburg University – Timothy Latham
  • South Dakota State University – Zach Zenner
  • Stonehill College – Brian Harrington
  • SUNY Maritime – Greg Caneparo
  • Tarleton State University – Patrick Bettiol
  • Texas Lutheran University – Bryan Doolittle
  • Trinity University – Matthew Kennemer
  • University of Tennessee at Chattanooga – Jacob Huesman
  • University of Arkansas at Monticello – Jalen Garmon
  • University of Chicago – Vincent Beltrano
  • University of Dubuque – Tyler Dobratz
  • University of Minnesota Duluth – Jacob Brusehaver
  • University of Montana – Derek Crittenden
  • University of Mount Union – Kevin Burke
  • University of New Hampshire – Tim Johnson
  • University of North Carolina at Charlotte – Matt Johnson
  • University of Northern Iowa – David Johnson
  • University of Puget Sound – Max Mirande
  • University of Richmond – Austin Gund
  • University of Sioux Falls – Michael Tolkamp
  • University of South Dakota – Keyen Lage
  • University of St. Thomas – Matt O’Connell
  • University of the Incarnate Word – Padyn Giebler
  • Wagner College – Phil Faccone
  • Wartburg College – Drew Kooi
  • Wayne State University – Thom Box
  • Waynesburg University – John Sikora
  • Wingate University – Eric Mapoles
  • Winona State University – Ryan Gerts
  • Yale University – William Chism

 

About Allstate

The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) is the nation’s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life’s uncertainties through its Allstate, Encompass, Esurance and Answer Financial brand names and Allstate Financial business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan “You’re In Good Hands With Allstate®.” The Allstate brand’s network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to support local communities. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.

About the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® 

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 worked to present the award starting with the 2008 season.

With C.J. Zimmerer’s selection in 2013, Nebraska moves into a tie with Georgia for first place with 14 honorees to the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team. ® The Cornhuskers and Bulldogs are followed by St. Thomas (Minn.) with 13 honorees.  The SEC leads all conferences with 58 selections to the Good Works Team since it began in 1992. The SEC is followed by the Big 12 Conference with 41 selections and the Atlantic Coast Conference with 31 selections. Super Bowl XLII, XLVI and XLI champion quarterbacks Eli and Peyton Manning were members of the 2002 and 1997 Good Works Teams®, respectively.

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