Allstate, American Football Coaches Association Announce Record-Breaking 182 Nominees for 2014 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®

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

07/15/2014 - NORTHBROOK, Ill.

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
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

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
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
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

Clarion University of Pennsylvania –
Matthew Shuey
College of the Holy Cross – Tyler Zeoli
Concordia College – 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
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.

About AFCA
The AFCA was founded in 1922 and currently has more than 11,000 members around the world ranging from the high school level to the professional ranks. According to its constitution, the 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."

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