Allstate, AFCA Announce 146 Nominees for 2017 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®

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Allstate Insurance Company and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) today announced 146 nominees for the 2017 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®, one of the most prestigious off-the-field honors in college football.

Since 1992, the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® has brought together a select group of college football players from across the country to honor their dedication to volunteerism and enriching the lives of others. While players are often recognized for their accomplishments and achievements on game day, these student-athletes have made significant contributions to the greater good of society, inspiring future generations of young athletes and the larger college football community.

“Allstate is immensely honored to partner with the AFCA for the 10th year to help pay tribute to these players and their off-the-field ‘good works’ that often go unnoticed and unrewarded,” said Thomas Clarkson, president of the west territory for Allstate Insurance Company and a member of the 2017 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® voting panel. “The individuals nominated to the 2017 Good Works Team® are making a positive impact and uniting communities across the country through service, showing what’s possible when you put all hands in and give back.”

The student-athletes nominated for this esteemed award embody the true spirit of teamwork and selflessness, donating their limited free time to helping and serving others. From founding a non-profit that helps orphans secure jobs in the workforce to raising funds and awareness for childhood cancer research, the 2017 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®nominees may wear different jerseys on the field, but they all exemplify a superior commitment to giving back off of it.

“After looking at the bios of the 146 nominees we received for 2017 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, it really shows that there are great football student-athletes all over this country who just don’t care what happens between the sidelines, but they also care about their community and giving back to others,” Todd Berry, AFCA Executive Director said. “The AFCA has been proud to partner with Allstate these past 10 years to honor football players who give more of themselves to help others in need.”


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 2017 Good Works Team®. Two-time national champion, Heisman Trophy winner and 2009 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® member Tim Tebow will headline the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® voting panel.

“I’m so thankful to be part of a team that represents excellence on the field and in the classroom, but more importantly, places the highest value on changing people’s lives in our communities and around the world,” says Tebow.

In addition to Tebow and Clarkson, the 2017 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® selection panel members 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) and Wes Counts (Middle Tennessee State, 1999 team); media members Kirk Herbstreit (ESPN), Blair Kerkhoff (Kansas City Star) and Paul Myerberg (USATODAY); current AFCA President and University of Arizona head coach Rich Rodriguez; 2001 AFCA President and current athletic director at Virginia Union University Joe Taylor.

Once the final team members are announced in September, college football fans are encouraged to visit the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® website on ESPN.com, featuring profiles and images of the players, for the opportunity to vote for the 2017 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® Captain. Throughout the season, fans can also follow along and join in on the conversation by searching and using #GoodWorksTeam on their social media channels.

In order to meet the criteria set forth by Allstate and the AFCA, each player must be actively involved 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 2017 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®.

Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS)

  • Arizona State University – Tashon Smallwood
  • Arkansas State University – Blaise Taylor
  • Auburn University – Daniel Carlson
  • Baylor University – Taylor Young
  • Boise State University – Brett Rypien
  • Bowling Green State University – Nate Locke
  • Brigham Young University – Fred Warner
  • Clemson University – Christian Wilkins
  • Colorado State University – Zack Golditch
  • Duke University – Gabe Brandner
  • East Carolina University – Jimmy Williams
  • Florida State University – Mavin Saunders
  • Georgia Institute of Technology – Matthew Jordan
  • Georgia Southern University – Myles Campbell
  • Indiana University – Rashard Fant
  • Kansas State University – Dalton Risner
  • Louisiana State University – Danny Etling
  • Marshall University – Ryan Yurachek
  • Middle Tennessee State University – Brent Stockstill
  • Mississippi State University – Gabe Myles
  • North Carolina State University – A.J. Cole, III
  • Northwestern University – Justin Jackson
  • Ohio State University – J.T. Barrett
  • Oklahoma State University – Mason Rudolph
  • Old Dominion University – Josh Marriner
  • Pennsylvania State University – Brandon Smith
  • Rutgers University – Sebastian Joseph
  • San Jose State University – Nate Velichko
  • Southern Methodist University – Justin Lawler
  • Stanford University – Harrison Phillips
  • Syracuse University – Zack Mahoney
  • TCU – Shaun Nixon
  • Texas A&M University – Koda Martin
  • Texas State University – Gabe Schrade
  • Tulane University – Parry Nickerson
  • University of California, Los Angeles – Kenny Young
  • University of Alabama – Minkah Fitzpatrick
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham – Shaq Jones
  • University of Arkansas – Frank Ragnow
  • University of California, Berkeley – Raymond Davison
  • University of Central Florida – Shaquem Griffin
  • University of Connecticut – Vontae Diggs
  • University of Georgia – Aaron Davis
  • University of Houston – Steven Dunbar
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign – Nick Allegretti
  • University of Kansas – Joe Dineen, Jr
  • University of Kentucky – Courtney Love
  • University of Louisiana at Lafayette – Grant Horst
  • University of Louisville – Lamar Jackson
  • University of Maryland, College Park – Adam Greene
  • University of Memphis – Spencer Smith
  • University of Miami – Demetrius Jackson
  • University of Minnesota – Eric Carter
  • University of Mississippi – Javon Patterson
  • University of Missouri – Corey Fatony
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln – Chris Weber
  • University of Nevada, Reno – Austin Corbett
  • University of North Carolina – Austin Proehl
  • University of Notre Dame – Tyler Newsome
  • University of Oklahoma – Nick Basquine
  • University of Pittsburgh – Brian O’Neill
  • University of South Alabama – Tre Alford
  • University of Southern California – Jordan Austin
  • University of Tennessee – Todd Kelly, Jr
  • University of Texas – Naashon Hughes
  • University of Texas at El Paso – Ryan Metz
  • University of Toledo – Cody Thompson
  • University of Tulsa – Willie Wright
  • University of Utah – Chase Hansen
  • University of Virginia – Quin Blanding
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison – Derrick Tindal
  • Utah State University – Jontrell Rocquemore
  • Vanderbilt University – Tommy Openshaw
  • Virginia Tech – Joey Slye
  • West Virginia University – Rob Dowdy
  • Western Kentucky University – Marcus Ward

Combined Divisions (FCS, II, III & NAIA)

  • Amherst College – Reece Foy
  • Aurora University – Kurtis Chione
  • Berry College – Michael Wenclawiak
  • Bethel University (Minn.) – Josh Dalki
  • Butler University – Isaak Newhouse
  • Carnegie Mellon University – Sam Benger
  • Carson-Newman University – Antonio Wimbush
  • Chadron State College – Steven Allen
  • Chapman University – Diano Pachote
  • Colorado State University-Pueblo – Zach Boyd
  • Dakota State University – Jacob Giles
  • Davidson College – Ryan Samuels
  • East Stroudsburg University – Larry Mills
  • Eastern Kentucky University – Jeffrey Canady
  • Edinboro University – Ryan Stratton
  • Ferris State University – Jake Daugherty
  • Fordham University – Manny Adeyeye
  • Franklin & Marshall College – Tyler Schubert
  • Frostburg State University – Jordan Procter
  • Georgetown College (Ky.) – Kody Kasey
  • Grinnell College – Carson Dunn
  • Harding University – Gavin De Los Santos
  • Hillsdale College – Danny Drummond
  • James Madison University – Jonathan Kloosterman
  • Kalamazoo College – David Vanderkloot
  • Kennesaw State University – Luther Jones
  • Liberty University – Trey Turner
  • Manchester University – Jared Bourff
  • Marist College – Lawrence Dickens
  • Mercer University – Thomas Marchman
  • Michigan Technological University – Cayman Berg-Morales
  • Millersville University of Pennsylvania – Kevin Wiggins
  • Minot State University – Logan Gunderson
  • Mississippi College – Chris Manning
  • Montana State University – Mitchell Herbert
  • Moravian College – Nick Zambelli
  • Murray State University – Zach Shipley
  • Norfolk State University – Kyle Archie
  • North Greenville University – Johnny Burch
  • Northwestern College (Iowa) – Jacob Jenness
  • Notre Dame College – Justin Adamson
  • Ohio Dominican University – Austin Ernst
  • Ohio Wesleyan University – Jerry Harper
  • Peru State College – Gunnar Orcutt
  • Princeton University – Kurt Holuba
  • Saint Augustine’s University – Justin Shaw
  • Saint John’s University (Minn.) – Will Gillach
  • Samford University – Deion Pierre
  • South Dakota State University – Jake Wieneke
  • Southern Arkansas University – Stacy Lawrence
  • Southwestern Assemblies of God University – Stephen Lawson
  • Stephen F. Austin State University – Marlon Walls
  • Stonehill College – Jermel Wright
  • Susquehanna University – Tommy Bluj
  • Texas A&M University-Commerce – Luis Perez
  • The Catholic University of America – Patrick Vidal
  • The College of Wooster – Patrick Mohorcic
  • University of Chicago – Chandler Carroll
  • University of Mount Union – Alex Louthan
  • University of Puget Sound – Dwight Jackson
  • University of Saint Mary – Kyle Dougherty
  • University of St. Thomas (Minn.) – Matt Christenson
  • University of South Dakota – Stetson Dagel
  • Wartburg College – Matt Sacia
  • Wayne State University (Mich.) – Deiontae Nicholas
  • West Texas A&M University – Dillon Vaughan
  • Western Carolina University – Keion Crossen
  • Western New England University – Garrett Jones
  • Wingate University – Lawrence Pittman
  • Youngstown State University – Armand Dellovade

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