Allstate, American Football Coaches Association Announce Nominees for College Football's Preeminent Community Service Honor

2012 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® nominees hail from 35 states and 117 colleges and universities; award recognizes student-athletes for their commitment to volunteerism

Jul 17, 2012, 09:00 ET from Allstate Insurance Company

NORTHBROOK, Ill., July 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Allstate Insurance Company and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) today announced 117 nominees for the 2012 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®.  As one of college football's most prestigious off-the-field honors, the award recognizes a select group of college football players committed to making a difference in their communities. 

Since 1992, the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® has shown a spotlight on the countless "good works" and remarkable stories of service by student-athletes at all levels of college football competition.  Award recipients represent the sport's finest in terms of character and leadership in the community. 

"This year's Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®  nominees have some of the most impressive community service resumes in the program's 21-year history," said Kathy Mabe, president of Allstate's West regions and a member of the 2012 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team voting panel. "These young men continue to raise the bar for the impact that student-athletes can have on others, and are an inspiration to Allstate, our agents and our employees."

Tackles or touchdowns have no bearing on this award, for it is the many examples of "volunteerism" and "giving back" that have earned these players nominations from their respective colleges and universities.  From comforting patients at children's hospitals, to building houses for needy families, to mentoring at-risk youth, each Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® member has his own unique and inspiring story.

"After looking through the list of nominees for the 2012 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, we are recognizing some of the best student-athletes in all of college football," said Grant Teaff, executive director of the American Football Coaches Association.  "These 117 nominees understand the impact each of them have on their schools and communities, and it gives me great pleasure in recognizing their efforts for what they stand for, and what they mean to college football."

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 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. 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 featuring profiles and images of the final team members, as well as the opportunity for fans to vote for the 2012 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® Captain.

The 2012 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® voting panel includes: former Good Works Team® members Alex Van Pelt (Pittsburgh, 1992 team), Zaid Abdul-Aleem (Duke, 1994 team), Matt Stinchcomb (Georgia, 1997, 1998 teams), Grant Irons (Notre Dame, 1999 team), Brian Brenberg (St. Thomas, 2001 team), Mike Proman (Amherst, 2002 team); media members Lou Holtz (ESPN), Kirk Herbstreit (ESPN), Tom O'Toole (USA Today), Andy Staples (, Blair Kerkhoff (Kansas City Star); current AFCA President and Harvard University Head Coach Tim Murphy; 1987 AFCA President LaVell Edwards, former head coach at Brigham Young University; and Kathy Mabe, President, West Regions at Allstate.

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 2012 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®.

Football Bowl Subdivision

Arizona State UniversityBrandon Magee
Auburn UniversityPhilip Lutzenkirchen
Bowling Green State UniversityRonnie Goble
Brigham Young UniversityMichael Alisa
Central Michigan UniversityCody Wilson
Clemson UniversityRashard Hall
Duke UniversitySean Renfree
Florida State UniversityDustin Hopkins
Indiana UniversityAdam Replogle
Iowa State UniversityJake Knott
Kansas State UniversityCollin Klein
Louisiana State University – Barkevious Mingo
Middle Tennessee State UniversityLogan Kilgore
Northern Illinois UniversityJason Schepler
Northwestern UniversityJeff Budzien
Ohio State UniversityBen Buchanan
Rice University – Klein Kubiak
Rutgers University – Khaseem Green
Syracuse UniversityDeon Goggins
Temple UniversityBrandon McManus
Texas Christian UniversityBlaize Foltz
Tulane UniversityRyan Griffin
University of AlabamaBarrett Jones
University of ArizonaJake Fischer
University of California Los AngelesJeff Locke
University of Central FloridaRob Calabrese
University of CincinnatiDrew Frey
University of FloridaCaleb Sturgis
University of GeorgiaAaron Murray
University of KentuckyMorgan Newton
University of Louisiana-LafayetteBlaine Gautier
University of MarylandA.J. Francis
University of MemphisAkeem Davis
University of Miami (Fla.) – Mike James
University of MichiganPatrick Omameh
University of MississippiDevin Thomas
University of MissouriT.J. Moe
University of NebraskaRex Burkhead
University of North CarolinaJonathan Cooper
University of Notre DameMike Golic, Jr.
University of OklahomaLandry Jones
University of PittsburghAndrew Taglianetti
University of South CarolinaMarcus Lattimore
University of South Florida – Danous Estenor
University of Southern CaliforniaKyle Negrete
University of TennesseeTyler Bray
University of UtahSean Sellwood
University of VirginiaMichael Rocco
University of WisconsinShelton Johnson
Utah State UniversityJake Doughty
Wake Forest UniversityTerence Davis
Western Kentucky University – Tye Golden

Combined Divisions (FCS, II, III & NAIA)

Albion CollegeSpencer Krauss
Bethel UniversityErik Smith
Campbell UniversityBraden Smith
Carnegie Mellon UniversitySam Thompson
Carson-Newman CollegeKevin Day
Centre College – Oakley Watkins
Chowan University – Austin Tallant
Colgate UniversityChris Looney
College of Mount Saint JosephGreg Tabar
Dakota State UniversityJohn Niesen
Drake UniversityZach Bosch
Duquesne UniversityZach Richert
Elmhurst CollegeScottie Williams
Elon UniversityBlake Thompson
Emory & Henry CollegeDaniel Preston
Florida A&M UniversityBrandon Hepburn
Fordham UniversityBrendan Melanophy
Franklin & Marshall CollegeChad Tothero
Frostburg State UniversityTilmon Parker
Georgia Southern UniversityBrent Russell
Illinois State UniversityColton Underwood
Indiana State University – FN Lutz
Kean UniversityThomas Denehy
Kenyon CollegeWilliam Brackett
Lindenwood University – Malach Radigan
Loras CollegeMichael Donnelly
Louisiana College – Cortland Bell
Montana State University – DeNarius McGhee
North Dakota State UniversityBilly Turner
Northwest Missouri StateTrevor Adams
Northwestern College (Iowa)Nate Fischer
Northwood UniversityRyan Whittum
Oberlin CollegeMoses Richardson
Saint John's University (Minn.) – Stephen Johnson
Salisbury UniversityDan Griffin
Salve Regina UniversityKenechukwu Okwuosa
Samford UniversityGeorge Allers
Shenandoah UniversityNicholas Erdman
South Dakota State UniversityBo Helm
Southern Utah UniversityCody Larsen
St. Cloud State UniversityPhillip Klaphake
Tarleton State UniversityJake Fenske
Tennessee State UniversityDevin Wilson
Texas Lutheran UniversityAllen Cain
Thomas More CollegeAntonio Booker
Tusculum CollegeBo Cordell
University of DubuqueWyatt Hanus
University of MontanaJordan Tripp
University of New HampshireChris Zarkoskie
University of Northern IowaKyle Bernard
University of RochesterAntonio Ortega
University of St. Thomas (Minn.) – Michael Valesano
University of Wisconsin-River FallsJohn Schimenz
Ursinus CollegeTony Rosa
Wagner CollegeSteve Ciocci
Washington University (Mo.) – Seth Wight
Wayne State College (Neb.) – Richard Daniel
Wayne State University (Mich.) – Nick Thomas
West Texas A&M UniversityAaron Mullane
Western New England UniversityCorey Brown
Wheaton CollegeGarrett Meador
William Paterson University – Dawys German
Wingate UniversityRobbie Nallenweg
Winona State UniversityBryan Bradshaw
Wittenberg UniversityReed Florence

About Allstate
The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, serving approximately 16 million households through its Allstate, Encompass, Esurance and Answer Financial brand names. Widely known by its slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate®," Allstate offers insurance products (auto, home, life and retirement) and services through Allstate agencies, independent agencies, and Allstate exclusive financial representatives, as well as via and 1-800 Allstate®. As part of Allstate's commitment to strengthen local communities, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate employees, agency owners and the corporation provided $28 million in 2011 to thousands of nonprofit organizations and important causes across the United States.

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 partnered to present the award starting with the 2008 season.

The SEC leads all conferences with 54 selections to the Good Works Team since it began in 1992. The SEC is followed by the Big 12 Conference with 40 selections and the Atlantic Coast Conference with 29 selections. With Aron White's selection in 2011, Georgia moves into first place with 13 honorees to the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team. The Bulldogs are followed by Nebraska and St. Thomas (Minn.) with 12 honorees each. 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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