NORTHBROOK, Ill., July 20 — To honor the distinguished group of college football players who stand out for the positive influence they have in their communities, Allstate Insurance Company and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) announced the 112 student-athletes nominated for the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®. It is the most ever in the 19-year history of the award. Ohio State’s Bryant Browning is one of those nominees.

In the areas of giving back and volunteerism, the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® represents the “best of the best” among more than 50,000 student-athletes participating in the sport at all four-year institutions.  The total eclipses the 106 nominees achieved last season, demonstrating the continued growth of a platform that is widely recognized as the most prestigious community service award in college football.  

While glory and praise may be traditionally reserved for the most athletically skilled college football players on the field, it is the student-athletes committed to serving others who make the most important impact off the field.  The Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® exists to tell their stories and acknowledge their impact beyond the game.

“In the third year of our partnership with the AFCA, Allstate, our employees and our agents continue to be inspired by the stories of class and character displayed by these young men,” said Guy Hill, vice president of sales and service for Allstate, who also serves on the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® voting panel.  “We applaud the commitment of these 112 student-athletes to positively impact their communities with innovation, creativity and passion that reflects so well on their sport, and their respective institutions.”  

This year’s class of nominations includes student-athletes with a wide range of accomplishments, including developing programs to support Haitian relief efforts, working with rural and minority students to help them reach their goal of attending medical school, and organizing a campus fundraiser to incentivize students to shave their heads to raise money for pediatric cancer research.

From the nominees submitted by sports information directors on behalf of their schools, a special voting panel consisting of former Good Works Team® members and prominent college football media members is responsible for selecting two 11-player Good Works Teams® – one comprised of players from the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision and another representing players from the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision, Divisions II, III, and the NAIA – to be announced in September.  College Football Hall of Fame member and ESPN broadcaster Lou Holtz is returning for a third year to serve as spokesperson for the program and raise awareness for the stories of the nominees and team members.

“For the third straight year, the AFCA is pleased to partner with Allstate in highlighting football student-athletes who have achieved outstanding success, both on and off the football,” said Grant Teaff, AFCA Executive Director. “From the record total of nominees that were submitted from colleges and universities around the country, it is apparent that collegiate football is producing some of the best and brightest that our country has to offer.” will launch a customized Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® web site featuring profiles and images of the final 22 award recipients, as well as unique and interactive content for college football fans.  For the first time in the program’s history, fans will be able to vote for a Team Captain on

The 2010 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® voting panel includes: former Good Works Team® 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 Lou Holtz (ESPN), Pat Forde (, Tom O’Toole (USA Today), Gary Shelton (St. Petersburg Times), Blair Kerkhoff (Kansas City Star); current AFCA President and Mount Union College Head Coach Larry Kehres; 1996 AFCA President Fisher DeBerry, former head coach at the United States Air Force Academy; and Allstate Vice President, Guy Hill.

The following players have been nominated for consideration to be named to the 2010 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®:

Football Bowl Subdivision (Div I-A)


Arizona State University – Thomas Weber


Baylor University – Robert Griffin


Bowling Green State University – Ben Bojicic


Brigham Young University – Riley Nelson


Central Michigan University – Brian Bennyhoff


Clemson University – Mason Cloy


Colorado State University – Eugene Daniels


Duke University – Bryan Morgan


Florida State University – Christian Ponder


Georgia Institute of Technology – Roddy Jones


Indiana University – Ben Chappell


Iowa State University – Alex Alvarez


Kansas State University – Alex Hrebec


Marshall University – Lee Smith


Michigan State University – Kirk Cousins


Northern Illinois University – Adam Kiel


Northwestern University – Corbin Bryant


Ohio State University – Bryant Browning


Oklahoma State University – Andrew McGee


Penn State University – Stefen Wisniewski


Purdue University – Kyle Adams


Rice University – Cheta Ozougwu


Rutgers University – Howard Barbieri


Southern Methodist University – Pete Fleps


Syracuse University – Bud Tribbey


Temple University – Amara Kamara


Texas A&M University – Jerrod Johnson


Texas Christian University – Tejay Johnson


Texas Tech University – Baron Batch


University of Alabama – John Michael Boswell


University of Connecticut – Zach Hurd


University of Florida – Jeff Demps


University of Idaho – Tyrone Novikoff


University of Iowa – Julian Vandervelde


University of Kansas – Brad Thorson


University of Kentucky – Randall Cobb


University of Memphis – Dominik Riley


University of Mississippi – Jerrell Powe


University of Missouri – Dan Hoch


University of Nebraska-Lincoln – Alex Henery


University of Nevada-Las Vegas – Matt Murphy


University of North Carolina – Robert Quinn


University of Notre Dame – Dayne Crist


University of Oklahoma – Quinton Carter


University of Pittsburgh – Greg Romeus


University of South Carolina – Cliff Matthews


University of Southern California – D.J. Shoemate


University of Southern Mississippi – Austin Davis


U.S. Naval Academy – Ricky Dobbs


University of Tennessee – Nick Reveiz


University of Texas-Austin – Sam Acho


University of Texas-El Paso – Donald Buckram


University of Toledo – Colin McHugh


University of Virginia – Ras-I Dowling


Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University – Danny Coale


University of Wisconsin – Scott Tolzien


Western Michigan University – Nick Mitchell


Combined Divisions (FCS (I-AA) II, III & NAIA)


Augustana College (S.D.) – Diego Oquendo


Bethel University (Minn.) – David Vavra


Campbell University – Charles Fiore


Campbellsville University (Ky.) – Calvin Bini


Central Methodist University – Matt Fraley


Centre College (Ky.) – Jonathan Pinque


Charleston Southern University – Jordan Lancaster


University of the Cumberlands (Ky.) – Madison McCalmon


Davidson College – John Behm


Drake University – Ben Morrison


Eastern New Mexico University – Jesse Poku


Eastern Oregon University – Chris Ware


Elon University – Khirey Walker


Ferrum College – T.J. Grzesikowski


Frostburg State University – Terryl Monroe


Heidelberg University – Derrick Arbogast


Hillsdale College – Kevin Hershock


Illinois Wesleyan University – Eli Williams


Lindenwood University – Billy Clark


Luther College – Jordan Grimm


Methodist University – Tyler Mosko


Millikin University – Dion Wilson


Montana State University – Tanner Ripley


North Dakota State University – Matthew Gratzek


Northern Arizona University – Mike Battisti


Northwestern State University – Justin Aldredge


Ohio Northern University – Kyle Simmons


Ouachita Baptist University – Eli Cranor


Rowan University – Matt Hoffman


St. John’s University (Minn.) – John Stanton


Salisbury University – Jamey McClendon


Samford University – Jeremy Towns


Southern Illinois University – Mike McElroy


Southwest Baptist University – Steve Gachette


Tarleton State University – Brandon Johnson


Texas A&M University-Kingsville – DeIra Glover


Texas State University – Steven Kenney


University of Dayton – Dan Prindle


University of Delaware – Siddiq Haynes


University of Dubuque – Michael Zweifel


University of Mary Hardin-Baylor – Max Taylor


University of Montana – Andrew Selle


University of Rochester – Conor McMahon


University of St. Thomas (Minn.) – Ben Wartman


University of Wisconsin-Stout – Patrick Mengelkoch


University of Wisconsin-Whitewater – Aaron Rusch


Ursinus College – Mike Rissmiller


Wartburg College – Andrew Creary


Washington University (Mo.) – John Schneider


Wayne State University (Mich.) – Nick Thomas


Western Carolina University – Chris Everett


Willamette University – Scott Schoettgen


Winona State University – Cody Dummer


Wittenberg University – Jeremy Block


Youngstown State University – Torrance Nicholson


About Allstate

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About the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®

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® 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 52 selections to the Good Works Teams®, followed by the Big 12 with 36 selections and the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference with 22 selections. In 2009, St. Thomas, Minn. defensive back Jeffrey Hilliard became the 12th Tommie to be selected to the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®, giving them 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®, respectively.  

About AFCA

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.”