Allstate and American Football Coaches Association to Honor Student-Athletes Who Make Off-the-Field Contributions
NORTHBROOK, Ill., July 22 — A hard-working and committed group of college football players will take the field this fall knowing that the impact they have on their teams and communities has nothing to do with touchdowns, tackles or receptions. For a second consecutive year, Allstate Insurance Company has partnered with the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) to announce the list of 106 student-athletes nominated for the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team((R)), which honors college football players who make outstanding contributions in the areas of volunteerism and civic involvement.
With their unselfish acts, such as volunteering at orphanages in Kenya, building a reliable water source for villagers in Kabul, tutoring disadvantaged youth, and visiting elderly patients in nursing homes, Allstate AFCA Good Works Team((R)) nominees distinguish themselves among the more than 50,000 student-athletes participating in the sport at all four-year collegiate institutions through off-the-field accomplishments.
“Allstate and the AFCA have created a partnership of common interests and both organizations are proud to honor the off-the-field achievements of college football players and at all levels,” said Guy Hill, vice president of sales and service for Allstate. “Allstate shares a genuine commitment to the community with these 106 student-athletes, and we encourage them to continue their benevolent efforts.”
The total of 106 nominations submitted by sports information directors across the country on behalf of their teams surpasses all previous single-season nominee totals in the 18-year history of the award. The 2009 class of nominees represents 41 states, including Washington, D.C., and 45 college athletic conferences.
From these nominees, a special voting panel consisting of former Good Works Team((R)) members and prominent college football media members will be responsible for selecting two 11-player Good Works Teams((R)) – one composed of players from the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision, and a combined team representing players from the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision, Divisions II, III, and the NAIA.
College Football Hall of Fame member and ESPN broadcast personality Lou Holtz will return as program spokesperson and serve as a member of this year’s voting panel.
“Allstate’s sponsorship of the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team((R)) was a welcome addition to one of the oldest, non-competition awards in college football,” said Grant Teaff, AFCA executive director. “As a very recognizable sponsor in the sport, Allstate is not only safe-guarding the tradition of college football, but also recognizing its players for their outstanding efforts both on and off the field and helping to shine a very positive light on the sport for all its fans.”
The 2009 Allstate/AFCA Good Works Teams((R)) voting panel includes: Allstate vice president, Guy Hill; former Good Works Teams((R)) members Matt Stinchcomb (Georgia, 1997, 1998 teams), Mike Proman (Amherst, 2002 team), Mewelde Moore (Tulane, 2003 team), Brian Brenberg (St. Thomas, 2001 team), Zaid Abdul-Aleem (Duke, 1994 team); media members Kirk Herbstreit (ESPN), Dennis Dodd (CBSSports.com), Tony Barnhart (Atlanta Journal-Constitution), Kelly Whiteside (USA Today), Ivan Maisel (ESPN.com), Lou Holtz (ESPN); current AFCA president and San Jose State University head coach Dick Tomey; and 1996 AFCA president Fisher DeBerry, former head coach at the United States Air Force Academy.
The following players have been nominated for consideration to be included among the 2009 Allstate AFCA Good Works Teams(R):
Football Bowl Subdivision (Div I-A)
Arizona Sate University – Mike Nixon
Auburn University – Walter McFadden
Ball State – Brandon Crawford
Baylor University – Joe Pawelek
Boise State University – Richie Brockel
Brigham Young University – Jan Jorgensen
Central Michigan University – Dan LeFevour
Clemson University – Xavier Dye
Colorado State University – Adrian Martinez
Duke University – Kevin Jones
Indiana University – Jammie Kirlew
Kansas State University – Jeron Mastrud
Louisiana State University – Lyle Hitt
Middle Tennessee State University – Phillip Tanner
Northern Illinois University – David Bryant
Northwestern University – Andrew Brewer
Ohio University – Lee Renfro
Ohio State University – Kurt Coleman
Oregon State University – Taylor Kavanaugh
Pennsylvania State University – Stefen Wisniewski
Rutgers University – Billy Anderson
San Jose State University – Travis Jones
Temple University – Dominique Harris
University of Akron – Alex Allen
University of Alabama – Javier Arenas
University of Arkansas – D.J. Williams
University of Central Florida – Rocky Ross
University of Florida – Tim Tebow
University of Georgia – Jeff Owens
University of Houston – Case Keenum
University of Iowa – Julian Vandervelde
University of Kansas – Darrell Stuckey
University of Kentucky – Alfonso Smith
University of Memphis – Dominik Riley
University of Michigan – Zoltan Mesko
University of Missouri – Kurtis Gregory
University of Nebraska-Lincoln – Roy Helu, Jr.
University of North Carolina – Kyle Jolly
University of Notre Dame – Jimmy Clausen
University of Oklahoma – Sam Bradford
University of Pittsburgh – Adam Gunn
University of South Carolina – Mauricus Brown
University of Texas – Austin – Jordan Shipley
University of California-Los Angeles – Derrick Coleman
University of Texas-El Paso – Cameron Raschke
U.S. Air Force Academy – Nick Charles
U.S. Naval Academy – Ross Pospisil
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University – Tyrod Taylor
Wake Forest University – Benjamin Wooster
West Virginia University – Reed Williams
University of Wisconsin – Chris Maragos
Western Michigan University – Tim Hiller
About the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team((R))
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.
The Allstate AFCA Good Works Teams((R)) 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 partnered to present the award starting with the 2008 season.
Since 1992, the Southeastern Conference leads all conferences with 50 selections to the Good Works Teams((R)), followed by the Big 12 with 35 selections and the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference with 23 selections. In 2008, St. Thomas, Minn. running back Mikkel Haugen became the 11th Tommie to be selected to the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, tying them with Georgia and Nebraska for the most selections of all time. Super Bowl XLII and XLI champion quarterbacks Eli and Peyton Manning were members of the 2002 and 1997 Good Works Teams((R)), respectively.
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.”