Record 150 Nominees for 2013 Good Works Team

Allstate, American Football Coaches Association Announce Record 150 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

Allstate Insurance Company and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) today announced 150 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

Auburn University – Nosa Eguae

Ball State University – Keith Wenning

Baylor University – Bryce Petty

Boise State University – Kirby Moore

Bowling Green State University – Ronnie Goble

Brigham Young University – Kyle Van Noy

California State University, Fresno – Derek Carr

Central Michigan University – Jake Olson

Clemson University – Chandler Catanzaro

Duke University – Dave Harding

East Carolina University – Trent Tignor

Georgia State University – Michael Davis

Indiana University – Greg Heban

Iowa State University – Kirby Van Der Kamp

Kansas State University – Tyler Lockett

Kent State University – Darius Polk

Michigan State University – Fou Fonoti

Middle Tennessee State University – Logan Kilgore

Mississippi State University – Kaleb Eulls

North Carolina State University – Asa Watson

Northwestern University – Jeff Budzien

Ohio State University – Jack Mewhort

Oregon State University – Steven Christian

Penn State University – John Urschel

Rutgers University – Brandon Coleman

Syracuse University – J. Sam Rodgers

Temple University – Wyatt Benson

Texas A&M University – Jake Matthews

Tulane University – Zach Morgan

University of Alabama - Vinnie Sunseri

University of Arizona – B.J. Denker

University at Buffalo – Fred Lee

University of California – Nick Forbes

University of Central Florida – Blake Bortles

University of Cincinnati – Jordan Luallen

University of Florida – Jeremy Brown

University of Georgia – Chris Burnette

University of Houston – Zach McMillian

University of Illinois – Nathan Scheelhaase

University of Iowa – James Morris

University of Kentucky – Avery Williamson

University of Louisville – Teddy Bridgewater

University of Maryland – C.J. Brown

University of Memphis – Jacob Karam

University of Miami (Fla.) – Stephen Morris

University of Minnesota – Chris Hawthorne

University of Mississippi – D.T. Shackelford

University of Missouri – James Franklin

University of Nebraska – C.J. Zimmerer

University of New Mexico – Kasey Carrier

University of Oklahoma – Gabe Ikard

University of Pittsburgh – Mark Giubilato

University of South Alabama – Ross Metheny

University of South Carolina – Damiere Byrd

University of Southern California – Devon Kennard

University of Tennessee – Jacques Smith

University of Texas – Jackson Jeffcoat

University of Texas-San Antonio – Eric Soza

University of Toledo – Greg Mancz

University of Virginia – Luke Bowanko

University of Wisconsin – Jared Abbrederis

Utah State University – Chuckie Keeton

Vanderbilt University – Carey Spear

West Virginia University – Will Clarke

Western Michigan University – Kirk Nakama

Combined Divisions (FCS, II, III & NAIA)

Alderson Broaddus University – Preston Bailey

Appalachian State University – Jamal Londry-Jackson

Aurora University – Tyler Simmons

Bentley University – Danny Guadagnoli

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

Bryant University – Maduka Nwanekezi

Bucknell University – Josh Brake

Butler University – Matt Lancaster

California Polytechnic State University – Sullivan Grosz

Campbell University – Michael Rudisill

Carson-Newman College – Curt Duncan

College of the Holy Cross – Gary Acquah

Cornell University – Jeff Mathews

Dakota State University – Ronnie Jorgensen

Davidson College – Weston Hawkins

Eastern Kentucky University – Ichiro Vance

Edinboro University – Cody Harris

Elon University –- Miles Williams

Emory & Henry College – Kyle Boden

Franklin & Marshall College – Nick Porcelli

Georgia Southern University – Trevor McBurnett

Henderson State University – Kevin Rodgers

Hillsdale College – Steven Embry

Illinois State University – Colton Underwood

Indiana State University – FN Lutz

Johns Hopkins University – Vincenzo Bonaddio

Kenyon College – William David Brackett

Lafayette College – Brad Bormann

Loras College – Jordan Pontius

Marist College – Max Jacques

Mercyhurst University – Colin Kimball

Minnesota State University-Mankato – Sam Brockshus

Missouri State University – Caleb Schaffitzel

Montana State University – DeNarius McGhee

Morgan State University – Tyrell Okoro

Morningside College – Jordan Sitzmann

Muhlenberg College – Joe Carlucci

Murray State University – Sam Small

North Carolina Central University – Jordan Reid

North Dakota State University – Esley Thorton

Northwood University – Josh Sinagoga

Ohio Wesleyan University – Rayce Risser

Old Dominion University – Taylor Heinicke

Pittsburg State University – John Brown

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute – Joe Cozzolino

Robert Morris University (Ill.) – Lamont Wims

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

Samford University – Jeremy Towns

Siena Heights University – Meiko McDaniel

South Dakota State University – Winston Wright

Southern Illinois University – Austin Pucylowski

St. Cloud State University – Phillip Klaphake

Stephen F. Austin State University – Garrick Smitherman

Stony Brook University – Marcus Coker

Tabor College – James Monroe

Tarleton State University – Kade Cole

Tennessee State University – Devin Wilson

Texas Lutheran University – Bradley Snowden

Thomas More College – Jake Fishburn

Towson University – Arnold Farmer

Trinity University (Texas) – Weslyn Wagner

Tusculum College – Bo Cordell

University of Delaware – Ryan Cobb

University of Dubuque – Tyson Carter

University of Montana – Jordan Tripp

University of Mount Union – Kevin Burke

University of Northern Iowa – Zach Cutkomp

University of Saint Francis (Ind.) – Joey Dynako

University of San Diego – Thomas Cobbs

University of Sioux Falls – Carrington Hanna

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

University of Tennessee-Martin – Taino Fears-Perez

University of the Cumberlands (Ky.) – Mitchell Mascaro

Washington University (Mo.) – Andrew Skalman

Wayne State University (Mich.) – Chet Privett

Waynesburg University – Thomas Paulone

West Chester University – Rich Bruno

West Texas A&M University – Dustin Vaughan

Westminster College – David Wright

Wilkes University – Tyler Berntsen

Winona State University – Ryan Gerts

Wittenberg University – Reed Florence

Yale University – Beau Palin

Youngstown State University – Kurt Hess

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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.

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