Allstate, American Football Coaches Association Announce Record 151 Nominees for College Football's Top Community Service Award

2013 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® nominees uphold impressive community service resumes; prestigious award recognizes student-athletes for their commitment to volunteerism

Jul 16, 2013, 09:00 ET from Allstate Insurance Company

NORTHBROOK, Ill., July 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Allstate Insurance Company and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) today announced 151 nominees for the 2013 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®, the most ever in the award's 22-year history. The award recognizes a select group of college football players who have made a commitment to enriching the lives of others while contributing to the greater good of their communities.

Since 1992, the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® has honored college football players at all levels of the sport for their selfless acts of giving back to the community and off-the-field achievements. These student-athletes represent the sport's finest in the areas of volunteerism and leadership amongst their peers.

"Through their commitment to service and helping others, this impressive group of student-athletes has shown that 'good works' extend beyond the football field," said Cynthia Whitfield, field senior vice president of Allstate's Southern region and a member of the 2013 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® voting panel. "The positive impact these young athletes have on their communities is an inspiration to us all and another reason to celebrate the good happening in our communities."

While tackles and touchdowns earn accolades on-the-field, the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® shines a light on the stories of good taking place outside the sport of football that often go unnoticed.  It is those student-athletes who have dedicated countless hours towards helping others who have been nominated by their respective colleges and universities for this prestigious honor.

This year's nominees uphold impressive service resumes detailing several unique and inspiring stories of servitude.  From aiding with natural disaster relief across the globe to volunteering with sick and underprivileged children, this dedicated group of student-athletes has demonstrated the exceptional ability to balance academics with athletics while donating their limited free time and energy to serve others.

"With a record number of nominees submitted this year for the 2013 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, it is obvious that our country's collegiate football programs are producing great student-athletes," said Grant Teaff, AFCA Executive Director. "The AFCA is proud to partner with Allstate for a sixth consecutive year in honoring these outstanding student-athletes."

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 2013 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.

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 2013 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® Captain.

The 2013 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), Tom O'Toole (USA Today), Blair Kerkhoff (Kansas City Star); current AFCA President and University of Texas Head Coach Mack Brown; 1987 AFCA President LaVell Edwards, former head coach at Brigham Young University; and Cynthia Whitfield, field vice president of Allstate's Southern Region.

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 2013 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®.

Football Bowl Subdivision

Arizona State University – Taylor Kelly

Louisiana State University – Zach Mettenberger

Auburn University – Nosa Eguae

Michigan State University – Fou Fonoti

Ball State University – Keith Wenning

Middle Tennessee State University – Logan Kilgore

Baylor University – Bryce Petty

Mississippi State University – Kaleb Eulls

Boise State University – Kirby Moore

North Carolina State University – Asa Watson

Bowling Green State University – Ronnie Goble

Northwestern University – Jeff Budzien

Brigham Young University – Kyle Van Noy

Ohio State University – Jack Mewhort

California State University, Fresno – Derek Carr

Oregon State University – Steven Christian

Central Michigan University – Jake Olson

Penn State University – John Urschel

Clemson University – Chandler Catanzaro

Rutgers University – Brandon Coleman

Duke University – Dave Harding

Syracuse University – J. Sam Rodgers

East Carolina University – Trent Tignor

Temple University – Wyatt Benson

Georgia State University – Michael Davis

Texas A&M University – Jake Matthews

Indiana University – Greg Heban

Tulane University – Zach Morgan

Iowa State University – Kirby Van Der Kamp

University of Alabama - Vinnie Sunseri

Kansas State University – Tyler Lockett

University of Arizona – B.J. Denker

Kent State University – Darius Polk

University at Buffalo – Fred Lee

University of California – Nick Forbes

University of New Mexico – Kasey Carrier

University of Central Florida – Blake Bortles

University of Oklahoma – Gabe Ikard

University of Cincinnati – Jordan Luallen

University of Pittsburgh – Mark Giubilato

University of Florida – Jeremy Brown

University of South Alabama – Ross Metheny

University of Georgia – Chris Burnette

University of South Carolina – Damiere Byrd

University of Houston – Zach McMillian

University of Southern California – Devon Kennard

University of Illinois – Nathan Scheelhaase

University of Tennessee – Jacques Smith

University of Iowa – James Morris

University of Texas – Jackson Jeffcoat

University of Kentucky – Avery Williamson

University of Texas-San Antonio – Eric Soza

University of Louisville – Teddy Bridgewater

University of Toledo – Greg Mancz

University of Maryland – C.J. Brown

University of Virginia – Luke Bowanko

University of Memphis – Jacob Karam

University of Wisconsin – Jared Abbrederis

University of Miami (Fla.) – Stephen Morris

Utah State University – Chuckie Keeton

University of Minnesota – Chris Hawthorne

Vanderbilt University – Carey Spear

University of Mississippi – D.T. Shackelford

West Virginia University – Will Clarke

University of Missouri – James Franklin

Western Michigan University – Kirk Nakama

University of Nebraska – C.J. Zimmerer

Combined Divisions (FCS, II, III & NAIA)

Alderson-Broaddus College – Preston Bailey

Minnesota State University-Mankato – Sam Brockshus

Appalachian State University – Jamal Londry-Jackson

Missouri State University – Caleb Schaffitzel

Aurora University – Tyler Simmons

Montana State University – DeNarius McGhee

Bentley University – Danny Guadagnoli

Morgan State University – Tyrell Okoro

Bethel University (Minn.) – J.D. Mehlhorn

Morningside College – Jordan Sitzmann

Bryant University – Maduka Nwanekezi

Muhlenberg College – Joe Carlucci

Bucknell University – Josh Brake

Murray State University – Sam Small

Butler University – Matt Lancaster

North Carolina Central University – Jordan Reid

California Polytechnic State University – Sullivan Grosz

North Dakota State University – Esley Thorton

Campbell University – Michael Rudisill

Northwood University – Josh Sinagoga

Carson-Newman College – Curt Duncan

Ohio Wesleyan University – Rayce Risser

College of the Holy Cross – Gary Acquah

Old Dominion University – Taylor Heinicke

Cornell University – Jeff Mathews

Pittsburg State University – John Brown

Dakota State University – Ronnie Jorgensen

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute – Joe Cozzolino

Davidson College – Weston Hawkins

Robert Morris University (Ill.) – Lamont Wims

Eastern Kentucky University – Ichiro Vance

Saint John's University (Minn.) – Colin Moynihan

Edinboro University – Cody Harris

Samford University – Jeremy Towns

Elon University –- Miles Williams

Siena Heights University – Meiko McDaniel

Emory & Henry College – Kyle Boden

South Dakota State University – Winston Wright

Franklin & Marshall College – Nick Porcelli

Southern Illinois University – Austin Pucylowski

Georgia Southern University – Trevor McBurnett

St. Cloud State University – Phillip Klaphake

Henderson State University – Kevin Rodgers

Stephen F. Austin State University – Garrick Smitherman

Hillsdale College – Steven Embry

Stony Brook University – Marcus Coker

Illinois State University – Colton Underwood

Tabor College – James Monroe

Indiana State University – FN Lutz

Tarleton State University – Kade Cole

Johns Hopkins University – Vincenzo Bonaddio

Tennessee State University – Devin Wilson

Kenyon College – William David Brackett

Texas Lutheran University – Bradley Snowden

Lafayette College – Brad Bormann

Thomas More College – Jake Fishburn

Loras College – Jordan Pontius

Towson University – Arnold Farmer

Marist College – Max Jacques

Trinity University (Texas) – Weslyn Wagner

Mercyhurst University – Colin Kimball

Tusculum College – Bo Cordell

University of the Cumberlands (Ky.) – Mitchell Mascaro

University of Delaware – Ryan Cobb

Washington University (Mo.) – Andrew Skalman

University of Dubuque – Tyson Carter

Wayne State University (Mich.) – Chet Privett

University of Montana – Jordan Tripp

Waynesburg University – Thomas Paulone

University of Mount Union – Kevin Burke

West Chester University – Rich Bruno

University of Northern Iowa – Zach Cutkomp

West Texas A&M University – Dustin Vaughan

University of Saint Francis (Ind.) – Joey Dynako

Westminster College – David Wright

University of San Diego – Thomas Cobbs

Wilkes University – Tyler Berntsen

University of Sioux Falls – Carrington Hanna

Winona State University – Ryan Gerts

University of St. Thomas (Minn.) – Willie Schneider

Wittenberg University – Reed Florence

University of Tennessee-Martin – Taino Fears-Perez

Yale University – Beau Palin

Youngstown State University – Kurt Hess

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 and Allstate Financial business segment. Allstate branded insurance products (auto, home, life and retirement) and services are offered through Allstate agencies, independent agencies, and Allstate exclusive financial representatives, as well as via, and 1-800 Allstate®, and are widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate®." As part of Allstate's commitment to strengthen local communities, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate employees, agency owners and the corporation provided $29 million in 2012 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 57 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. With Aaron Murray's selection in 2012, Georgia moves into first place with 14 honorees to the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team. The Bulldogs are followed by Nebraska and St. Thomas (Minn.) with 13 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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