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Allstate, American Football Coaches Association Announce Record 151 Nominees for College Football's Top Community Service Award
Allstate Insurance Company and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) today announced 151 nominees for the 2013 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®, the most ever in the award’s 22-year history. The number includes 39 nominees from the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision. The award recognizes a select group of college football players who have made a commitment to enriching the lives of others while contributing to the greater good of their communities.
Since 1992, the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® has honored college football players at all levels of the sport for their selfless acts of giving back to the community and off-the-field achievements. These student-athletes represent the sport’s finest in the areas of volunteerism and leadership amongst their peers.
“Through their commitment to service and helping others, this impressive group of student-athletes has shown that ‘good works’ extend beyond the football field,” said Cynthia Whitfield, field senior vice president of Allstate’s Southern region and a member of the 2013 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® voting panel. “The positive impact these young athletes have on their communities is an inspiration to us all and another reason to celebrate the good happening in our communities.”
While tackles and touchdowns earn accolades on-the-field, the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® shines a light on the stories of good taking place outside the sport of football that often go unnoticed. It is those student-athletes who have dedicated countless hours towards helping others who have been nominated by their respective colleges and universities for this prestigious honor.
This year’s nominees uphold impressive service resumes detailing several unique and inspiring stories of servitude. From aiding with natural disaster relief across the globe to volunteering with sick and underprivileged children, this dedicated group of student-athletes has demonstrated the exceptional ability to balance academics with athletics while donating their limited free time and energy to serve others.
“With a record number of nominees submitted this year for the 2013 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, it is obvious that our country’s collegiate football programs are producing great student-athletes,” said Grant Teaff, AFCA Executive Director. “The AFCA is proud to partner with Allstate for a sixth consecutive year in honoring these outstanding student-athletes.”
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 2013 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.
Allstate and the AFCA will launch the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® website on ESPN.com, featuring profiles and images of the final team members, as well as the opportunity for fans to vote for the 2013 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® Captain.
The 2013 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), Tom O’Toole (USA Today), Blair Kerkhoff (Kansas City Star); current AFCA President and University of Texas Head Coach Mack Brown; 1987 AFCA President LaVell Edwards, former head coach at Brigham Young University; and Cynthia Whitfield, field vice president of Allstate’s Southern Region.
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, service group or community service while maintaining a strong academic standing.
The following players have been nominated for consideration to be named to the 2013 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® from the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision:
Appalachian State University – Jamal Londry-Jackson
Bryant University – Maduka Nwanekezi
Bucknell University – Josh Brake
Butler University – Matt Lancaster
California Polytechnic State University – Sullivan Grosz
Campbell University – Michael Rudisill
College of the Holy Cross – Gary Acquah
Cornell University – Jeff Mathews
Davidson College – Weston Hawkins
Eastern Kentucky University – Ichiro Vance
Elon University –- Miles Williams
Georgia Southern University – Trevor McBurnett
Illinois State University – Colton Underwood
Indiana State University – FN Lutz
Lafayette College – Brad Bormann
Marist College – Max Jacques
University of Delaware – Ryan Cobb
University of Montana – Jordan Tripp
University of Northern Iowa – Zach Cutkomp
University of Saint Francis (Ind.) – Joey Dynako
University of San Diego – Thomas Cobbs
University of Tennessee-Martin – Taino Fears-Perez
Missouri State University – Caleb Schaffitzel
Montana State University – DeNarius McGhee
Morgan State University – Tyrell Okoro
Murray State University – Sam Small
North Carolina Central University – Jordan Reid
North Dakota State University – Esley Thorton
Old Dominion University – Taylor Heinicke
Robert Morris University (Ill.) – Lamont Wims
Samford University – Jeremy Towns
South Dakota State University – Winston Wright
Southern Illinois University – Austin Pucylowski
Stephen F. Austin State University – Garrick Smitherman
Stony Brook University – Marcus Coker
Tennessee State University – Devin Wilson
Towson University – Arnold Farmer
Yale University – Beau Palin
Youngstown State University – Kurt Hess
By The Sacramento Bee