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

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

NORTHBROOK, Ill., July 10, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- 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.

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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 (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.

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.

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

University of Arkansas – Frank Ragnow

Arkansas State University – Blaise Taylor

University of California, Berkeley – Raymond Davison

Auburn University – Daniel Carlson

University of Central Florida – Shaquem Griffin

Baylor University – Taylor Young

University of Connecticut – Vontae Diggs

Boise State University – Brett Rypien

University of Georgia – Aaron Davis

Bowling Green State University – Nate Locke

University of Houston – Steven Dunbar

Brigham Young University – Fred Warner

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign – Nick Allegretti

Clemson University – Christian Wilkins

University of Kansas – Joe Dineen, Jr

Colorado State University – Zack Golditch

University of Kentucky – Courtney Love

Duke University – Gabe Brandner

University of Louisiana at Lafayette – Grant Horst

East Carolina University – Jimmy Williams

University of Louisville – Lamar Jackson

Florida State University – Mavin Saunders

University of Maryland, College Park – Adam Greene

Georgia Institute of Technology – Matthew Jordan

University of Memphis – Spencer Smith

Georgia Southern University – Myles Campbell

University of Miami – Demetrius Jackson

Indiana University – Rashard Fant

University of Minnesota – Eric Carter

Kansas State University – Dalton Risner

University of Mississippi – Javon Patterson

Louisiana State University – Danny Etling

University of Missouri – Corey Fatony

Marshall University – Ryan Yurachek

University of Nebraska-Lincoln – Chris Weber

Middle Tennessee State University – Brent Stockstill

University of Nevada, Reno – Austin Corbett

Mississippi State University – Gabe Myles

University of North Carolina – Austin Proehl

North Carolina State University – A.J. Cole, III

University of Notre Dame – Tyler Newsome

Northwestern University – Justin Jackson

University of Oklahoma – Nick Basquine

Ohio State University – J.T. Barrett

University of Pittsburgh – Brian O'Neill

Oklahoma State University – Mason Rudolph

University of South Alabama – Tre Alford

Old Dominion University – Josh Marriner

University of Southern California – Jordan Austin

Pennsylvania State University – Brandon Smith

University of Tennessee – Todd Kelly, Jr

Rutgers University – Sebastian Joseph

University of Texas – Naashon Hughes

San Jose State University – Nate Velichko

University of Texas at El Paso – Ryan Metz

Southern Methodist University – Justin Lawler

University of Toledo – Cody Thompson

Stanford University – Harrison Phillips

University of Tulsa – Willie Wright

Syracuse University – Zack Mahoney

University of Utah – Chase Hansen

TCU – Shaun Nixon

University of Virginia – Quin Blanding

Texas A&M University – Koda Martin

University of Wisconsin-Madison – Derrick Tindal

Texas State University – Gabe Schrade

Utah State University – Jontrell Rocquemore

Tulane University – Parry Nickerson

Vanderbilt University – Tommy Openshaw

University of California, Los Angeles – Kenny Young

Virginia Tech – Joey Slye

University of Alabama – Minkah Fitzpatrick

West Virginia University – Rob Dowdy

University of Alabama at Birmingham – Shaq Jones

Western Kentucky University – Marcus Ward


Combined Divisions (FCS, II, III & NAIA)

Amherst College – Reece Foy

Moravian College – Nick Zambelli

Aurora University – Kurtis Chione

Murray State University – Zach Shipley

Berry College – Michael Wenclawiak

Norfolk State University – Kyle Archie

Bethel University (Minn.) – Josh Dalki

North Greenville University – Johnny Burch

Butler University – Isaak Newhouse

Northwestern College (Iowa) – Jacob Jenness

Carnegie Mellon University – Sam Benger

Notre Dame College – Justin Adamson

Carson-Newman University – Antonio Wimbush

Ohio Dominican University – Austin Ernst

Chadron State College – Steven Allen

Ohio Wesleyan University – Jerry Harper

Chapman University – Diano Pachote

Peru State College – Gunnar Orcutt

Colorado State University-Pueblo – Zach Boyd

Princeton University – Kurt Holuba

Dakota State University – Jacob Giles

Saint Augustine's University – Justin Shaw

Davidson College – Ryan Samuels

Saint John's University (Minn.) – Will Gillach

East Stroudsburg University – Larry Mills

Samford University – Deion Pierre

Eastern Kentucky University – Jeffrey Canady

South Dakota State University – Jake Wieneke

Edinboro University – Ryan Stratton

Southern Arkansas University – Stacy Lawrence

Ferris State University – Jake Daugherty

Southwestern Assemblies of God University – Stephen Lawson

Fordham University – Manny Adeyeye

Stephen F. Austin State University – Marlon Walls

Franklin & Marshall College – Tyler Schubert

Stonehill College – Jermel Wright

Frostburg State University – Jordan Procter

Susquehanna University – Tommy Bluj

Georgetown College (Ky.) – Kody Kasey

Texas A&M University-Commerce – Luis Perez

Grinnell College – Carson Dunn

The Catholic University of America – Patrick Vidal

Harding University – Gavin De Los Santos

The College of Wooster – Patrick Mohorcic

Hillsdale College – Danny Drummond

University of Chicago – Chandler Carroll

James Madison University – Jonathan Kloosterman

University of Mount Union – Alex Louthan

Kalamazoo College – David Vanderkloot

University of Puget Sound – Dwight Jackson

Kennesaw State University – Luther Jones

University of Saint Mary – Kyle Dougherty

Liberty University – Trey Turner

University of St. Thomas (Minn.) – Matt Christenson

Manchester University – Jared Bourff

University of South Dakota – Stetson Dagel

Marist College – Lawrence Dickens

Wartburg College – Matt Sacia

Mercer University – Thomas Marchman

Wayne State University (Mich.) – Deiontae Nicholas

Michigan Technological University – Cayman Berg-Morales

West Texas A&M University – Dillon Vaughan

Millersville University of Pennsylvania – Kevin Wiggins

Western Carolina University – Keion Crossen

Minot State University – Logan Gunderson

Western New England University – Garrett Jones

Mississippi College – Chris Manning

Wingate University – Lawrence Pittman

Montana State University – Mitchell Herbert

Youngstown State University – Armand Dellovade


About Allstate
The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through auto, home, life and other insurance offered through its Allstate, Esurance, Encompass and Answer Financial brand names. Other growth platforms include predictive analytics company Arity and consumer-product protection plan company SquareTrade. Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate®." Allstate agencies are in virtually every local community in America. In 2016, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $42 million to support local communities.

About the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®
The Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® was 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 worked to present the award starting with the 2008 season.

The SEC leads all conferences with 67 selections to the Good Works Team since it began in 1992. The SEC is followed by the Atlantic Coast Conference with 34 selections and the Big 12 Conference with 30 selections. Georgia is in first place with 17 honorees to the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team. ® The Bulldogs are followed by Nebraska with 14 honorees. 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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