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 ESPN.com 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 (SI.com), 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 University – Brandon MageeAuburn University – Philip LutzenkirchenBowling Green State University – Ronnie GobleBrigham Young University – Michael AlisaCentral Michigan University – Cody WilsonClemson University – Rashard HallDuke University – Sean RenfreeFlorida State University – Dustin HopkinsIndiana University – Adam ReplogleIowa State University – Jake KnottKansas State University – Collin KleinLouisiana State University – Barkevious MingoMiddle Tennessee State University – Logan KilgoreNorthern Illinois University – Jason ScheplerNorthwestern University – Jeff BudzienOhio State University – Ben BuchananRice University – Klein KubiakRutgers University – Khaseem GreenSyracuse University – Deon GogginsTemple University – Brandon McManusTexas Christian University – Blaize FoltzTulane University – Ryan GriffinUniversity of Alabama – Barrett JonesUniversity of Arizona – Jake FischerUniversity of California Los Angeles – Jeff LockeUniversity of Central Florida – Rob CalabreseUniversity of Cincinnati – Drew FreyUniversity of Florida – Caleb SturgisUniversity of Georgia – Aaron MurrayUniversity of Kentucky – Morgan NewtonUniversity of Louisiana-Lafayette – Blaine GautierUniversity of Maryland – A.J. FrancisUniversity of Memphis – Akeem DavisUniversity of Miami (Fla.) – Mike JamesUniversity of Michigan – Patrick OmamehUniversity of Mississippi – Devin ThomasUniversity of Missouri – T.J. MoeUniversity of Nebraska – Rex BurkheadUniversity of North Carolina – Jonathan CooperUniversity of Notre Dame – Mike Golic, Jr.University of Oklahoma – Landry JonesUniversity of Pittsburgh – Andrew TaglianettiUniversity of South Carolina – Marcus LattimoreUniversity of South Florida – Danous EstenorUniversity of Southern California – Kyle NegreteUniversity of Tennessee – Tyler BrayUniversity of Utah – Sean SellwoodUniversity of Virginia – Michael RoccoUniversity of Wisconsin – Shelton JohnsonUtah State University – Jake DoughtyWake Forest University – Terence DavisWestern Kentucky University – Tye Golden
Combined Divisions (FCS, II, III & NAIA)
Albion College – Spencer KraussBethel University – Erik SmithCampbell University – Braden SmithCarnegie Mellon University – Sam ThompsonCarson-Newman College – Kevin DayCentre College – Oakley WatkinsChowan University – Austin TallantColgate University – Chris LooneyCollege of Mount Saint Joseph – Greg TabarDakota State University – John NiesenDrake University – Zach BoschDuquesne University – Zach RichertElmhurst College – Scottie WilliamsElon University – Blake ThompsonEmory & Henry College – Daniel PrestonFlorida A&M University – Brandon HepburnFordham University – Brendan MelanophyFranklin & Marshall College – Chad TotheroFrostburg State University – Tilmon ParkerGeorgia Southern University – Brent RussellIllinois State University – Colton UnderwoodIndiana State University – FN LutzKean University – Thomas DenehyKenyon College – William BrackettLindenwood University – Malach RadiganLoras College – Michael DonnellyLouisiana College – Cortland BellMontana State University – DeNarius McGheeNorth Dakota State University – Billy TurnerNorthwest Missouri State – Trevor AdamsNorthwestern College (Iowa) – Nate FischerNorthwood University – Ryan WhittumOberlin College – Moses RichardsonSaint John's University (Minn.) – Stephen JohnsonSalisbury University – Dan GriffinSalve Regina University – Kenechukwu OkwuosaSamford University – George AllersShenandoah University – Nicholas ErdmanSouth Dakota State University – Bo HelmSouthern Utah University – Cody LarsenSt. Cloud State University – Phillip KlaphakeTarleton State University – Jake FenskeTennessee State University – Devin WilsonTexas Lutheran University – Allen CainThomas More College – Antonio BookerTusculum College – Bo CordellUniversity of Dubuque – Wyatt HanusUniversity of Montana – Jordan TrippUniversity of New Hampshire – Chris ZarkoskieUniversity of Northern Iowa – Kyle BernardUniversity of Rochester – Antonio OrtegaUniversity of St. Thomas (Minn.) – Michael ValesanoUniversity of Wisconsin-River Falls – John SchimenzUrsinus College – Tony RosaWagner College – Steve CiocciWashington University (Mo.) – Seth WightWayne State College (Neb.) – Richard DanielWayne State University (Mich.) – Nick ThomasWest Texas A&M University – Aaron MullaneWestern New England University – Corey BrownWheaton College – Garrett MeadorWilliam Paterson University – Dawys German Wingate University – Robbie NallenwegWinona State University – Bryan BradshawWittenberg University – Reed Florence
About AllstateThe 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 www.allstate.com 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 AFCAThe 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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