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

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

Jul 15, 2014, 09:00 ET from Allstate Insurance Company

NORTHBROOK, Ill., July 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- 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, 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

Indiana University – Mark Murphy

Auburn University – Sammie Coates

Iowa State University – Cory Morrissey

Ball State University – Jacob Richard

Kansas State University – Ryan Mueller

Baylor University – Bryce Petty

Kent State University – Nate Vance

Boise State University – Corey Bell

Louisiana State University – Jamie Keehn

Brigham Young University – Taysom Hill

Marshall University – Chris Jasperse

California State University, Fresno –Karl Mickelsen

Michigan State University – Keith Mumphery

Central Michigan University – Deon Butler

Middle Tennessee State University – Reggie Whatley

Clemson University – Adam Humphries

Mississippi State University – Dak Prescott

Colorado State University – Bernard Blake

North Carolina State University – Wil Baumann

Duke University – Laken Tomlinson

Northwestern University – Max Chapman

Georgia Institute of Technology – Isaiah Johnson

Ohio State University – Michael Bennett

Georgia Southern University – Edwin Jackson

Ohio University – Josh Kristoff

Georgia State University – Sean Jeppesen

Oklahoma State University – J.W. Walsh

Old Dominion University – Josh Mann

University of Michigan – Brennen Beyer

Oregon State University – Obum Gwacham

University of Minnesota – Peter Mortell

Purdue University – Robert Kugler

University of Mississippi – Deterrian Shackelford

Rice University – Malcolm Hill

University of Nebraska – Ameer Abdullah

Rutgers University – David Milewski

University of North Carolina – Landon Turner

San Jose State University – Jabari Carr

University of Notre Dame – Joe Schmidt

Syracuse University – Sam Rodgers

University of Oregon – Marcus Mariota

Temple University – Kenneth Harper

University of Pittsburgh – David Durham

Texas A&M University – Josh Lambo

University of South Carolina – Dylan Thompson

Texas Christian University – Sam Carter

University of South Florida – Thor Jozwiak

Texas Tech University – Bradley Marquez

University of Southern California – Hayes Pullard

Tulane University – Matt Marfisi

University of Southern Mississippi – Corey Acosta

U.S. Air Force Academy – Broam Hart

University of Tennessee – Curt Maggitt

University at Buffalo – Joe Licata

University of Texas – Nate Boyer

University of California Los Angeles – Brett Hundley

University of Texas at El Paso – Nathan Jeffery

University of Akron – Kyle Pohl

University of Toledo – Greg Mancz

University of Alabama – Landon Collins

University of Tulsa – Michael Mudoh

University of Arizona – Jared Tevis

University of Virginia –Henry Coley

University of California – Jeffrey Coprich

University of Washington – Hau'oli Kikaha

University of Central Florida – Joey Grant

University of Wisconsin – Derek Watt

University of Cincinnati – Brandon Mitchell

University of Wyoming – Dominic Rufran

University of Colorado – Juda Parker

Utah State University – Chuckie Keeton

University of Connecticut – Casey Cochran

Vanderbilt University – Andrew East

University of Florida – Mark Herndon

Virginia Tech – Kyshoen Jarrett

University of Georgia – Chris Conley

Wake Forest University – Jordan Garside

University of Houston – Trevon Stewart

Washington State University – Jeremiah Allison

University of Illinois – Mason Monheim

West Virginia University – Michael Molinari

University of Iowa – Mark Weisman

Western Michigan University – Zach Terrell

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

Combined Divisions (FCS, II, III & NAIA)

Alma College – Blake Padget

Clarion University of Pennsylvania – Matthew Shuey

Amherst College – Chris Tamasi

College of the Holy Cross – Tyler Zeoli

Angelo State University – Kyle Washington

Concordia College – Domenic Fraboni

Bentley University – Danny Guadagnoli

Cumberland University – Reed Gurchiek

Bethel University – Joshua Perkins

Dakota State University – Bobby Tisch

Bucknell University – Josh Brake

Davidson College – Dan Casey

Carson-Newman College – William Alderman

Drake University – John Hugunin

Central Methodist University – Kaleb Borghardt

East Stroudsburg University – Bryan Thomson

Chadron State College – Sam Parker

East Texas Baptist University – Jake McClain

Charleston Southern University – Christian Reyes

Rowan University – Chris Alvarez

Eastern Kentucky University – Jared McClain

Saint Augustine's University – Dominque Marsh

Eastern New Mexico University – Jeremy Buurma

Saint Francis University – Matt Camilletti

Elon University – Alexander Dawson

Saint John's University – Alex Jarosz

Ferris State University – Jason Vander Laan

Shippensburg University – Timothy Latham

Florida Institute of Technology – Manny Abad

South Dakota State University – Zach Zenner

Fordham University – Ian Williams

Stonehill College – Brian Harrington

Franklin & Marshall College – Nick Porcelli

SUNY Maritime – Greg Caneparo

Hampton University – Twarn Mixson

Tarleton State University – Patrick Bettiol

Heidelberg College – Austin Hunter

Texas Lutheran University – Bryan Doolittle

Howard University – Greg McGhee

Trinity University – Matthew Kennemer

Illinois State University – Mike Banks

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga – Jacob Huesman

Indiana State University – Mark Sewall

University of Arkansas at Monticello – Jalen Garmon

Jacksonville State University – Dalton Screws

University of Chicago – Vincent Beltrano

John Carroll University – Jack Corrigan

University of Dubuque – Tyler Dobratz

Johns Hopkins University – Michael Longo

University of Minnesota Duluth – Jacob Brusehaver

Johnson C. Smith University – LeAnder Barney

University of Montana – Derek Crittenden

Juniata College – Ward Udinski

University of Mount Union – Kevin Burke

Kansas Wesleyan University – Taylor Sachs

University of New Hampshire – Tim Johnson

Lake Forest College – Joey Kropp

University of North Carolina at Charlotte – Matt Johnson

Lamar University – Logan Moss

University of Northern Iowa – David Johnson

Liberty University – Jonathan Burgess

University of Puget Sound – Max Mirande

Loras College – Tucker Brady

University of Richmond – Austin Gund

MacMurray College – Zach Mudd

University of Sioux Falls – Michael Tolkamp

Marian University – Tevin Lake

University of South Dakota – Keyen Lage

Marist College – James Holodnak

University of St. Thomas – Matt O'Connell

Mercer University – John Russ

University of the Incarnate Word – Padyn Giebler

Millersville University – Trenton Petrovich

Wagner College – Phil Faccone

Missouri Southern State University – Ryon Phillips

Wartburg College – Drew Kooi

Missouri State University – Caleb Schaffitzel

Wayne State University – Thom Box

Nebraska Wesleyan University – Connor Zumpfe

Waynesburg University – John Sikora

North Central College – Peter Sorenson

Wingate University – Eric Mapoles

Northern Arizona University – Austin Hasquet

Winona State University – Ryan Gerts

Northwestern College – Ben Green

Yale University – William Chism

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

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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