Allstate, American Football Coaches Association Announce 146 Nominees for 2017 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®

College football’s top community service honor awards student-athletes for their outstanding community service achievements and commitment to giving back


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.


“As a former Good Works Team member, I’m proud to join Allstate for the second year in a row to recognize student-athletes who share my passion for making a difference,” says Tebow. “This award shines a light on the good works players are doing off the field and in the community, and the lives that they're changing.”


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 (USA TODAY); current AFCA President and University of Arizona head coach Rich Rodriguez; 2001 AFCA President and current athletic director at Virginia Union University Joe Taylor.


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



Once the final team members are announced in September, college football fans are encouraged to visit the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® website on, 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.