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NORTHBROOK, Ill., ( - Allstate Insurance Company and the (AFCA) today announced an all-time high 197 nominees for the 2015 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®, the most esteemed off the field honor in college football. For 24 years, the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® has recognized college football players from across the country who exemplify a superior commitment to community service and volunteerism.

Since its inception in 1992, the award highlights the "good" taking place off the football field. The select group of student-athletes nominated for this award by their respective colleges and universities are able to balance academics and athletics while remaining committed to helping others and bettering their communities. 

"For the third year in a row, we have received a record-breaking number of Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® nominees, an indication that the bar continues to be raised for the character on display in college football," said Jim Haskins, Executive Vice President, Allstate Brand Distribution and a member of the 2015 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® voting panel. "Allstate is proud to join the AFCA in recognizing this amazing group of student-athletes for the positive impact they are making on their communities."

While remarkable on the field performances are praised each weekend, these individuals' off the field accomplishments far exceed touchdowns and tackles. From traveling overseas to support third-world countries to raising thousands of dollars for kidney cancer research, these remarkable student-athletes have utilized their minimal free time in an impactful way, earning them national recognition.

"It's very rewarding to see another record-setting year of nominees for the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®," AFCA Executive Director Grant Teaff said. "With Allstate's help, this has become one of the most prestigious awards in college football, and one of the most important because it highlights some of the best student-athletes in the country who not only excel on the football field, but in their community service as well."

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 2015 Good Works Team.® 

The 2015 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 Kirk Herbstreit (ESPN), Bruce Feldman (Fox Sports),  Blair Kerkhoff (Kansas City Star); current AFCA President and University of Cincinnati head coach Tommy Tuberville; 1987 AFCA President and former head coach at Brigham Young University LaVell Edwards; and Jim Haskins, Executive Vice President, Allstate Brand Distribution.

Once the final team members are announced in September, 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 2015 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® Captain.

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 2015 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team ®.

Football Bowl Subdivision

Arizona State University – James Johnson

U.S. Naval Academy (Navy) – Myer Krah

Arkansas State University – Fredi Knighten

University of Akron – Christian Allen

Auburn University – Jonathan Wallace

University of Alabama – O.J. Howard

Ball State University – Jacob Richard

University of Arizona – Casey Skowron

Boise State University – Shane Williams-Rhodes

University of California – Stefan McClure

Brigham Young University – Bronson Kaufusi

University of California Los Angeles – Jake Brendel

California State University, Fresno – Justin Northern

University of Connecticut – Andreas Knappe

Central Michigan University – Nick Beamish

University of Georgia – Malcolm Mitchell

Clemson University – Eric Mac Lain

University of Houston – Adrian McDonald

Colorado State University – Trent Matthews

University of Iowa – Jordan Lomax

Duke University – Kelby Brown

University of Kentucky – Landon Foster

Georgia Institute of Technology – D.J. White

University of Louisville – James Burgess

Georgia Southern University – Matt Dobson

University of Maryland – Andrew Zeller

Georgia State University – Keith Rucker

University of Massachusetts – Blake Frohnapfel

Indiana University – Nate Sudfeld

University of Memphis – Wynton McManis

Iowa State University – Levi Peters

University of Miami – Deon Bush

Kansas State University – Stanton Weber

University of Michigan – Joe Bolden

Kent State University – Jordan Italiano

University of Minnesota – Peter Mortell

Louisiana State University – Jamie Keehn

University of Mississippi – Evan Engram

Marshall University – Tyler Williams

University of Nebraska – Sam Burtch

Michigan State University – Josiah Price

University of New Mexico – Garrett Adcock

Middle Tennessee State University – Darius Johnson

University of North Carolina – Shakeel Rashad

Mississippi State University – Taveze Calhoun

University of Notre Dame – Corey Robinson

North Carolina State University – Mike Rose

University of Oklahoma – Nila Kasitati

Northern Illinois University – Cameron Clinton-Earl

University of Pittsburgh – James Conner

Northwestern University – Max Chapman

University of South Alabama – Terrance Timmons

Ohio State University – Joshua Perry

University of South Carolina – Elliott Fry

Old Dominion University – Tyler Compton

University of South Florida – Sean Price

Penn State University – Ben Kline

University of Southern California – Cody Kessler

Rice University – Driphus Jackson

University of Tennessee – Joshua Dobbs

Rutgers University – Quentin Gause

University of Texas at El Paso – Aaron Jones

Southern Methodist University – Cameron Smith

University of Toledo – Alex Zmolik

Stanford University – Dallas Lloyd

University of Utah – Kenneth Scott

Syracuse University – Hernz Laguerre

University of Virginia – Demetrious Nicholson

Temple University – Hershey Walton

University of Wisconsin – Vince Biegel

Texas A&M University – Julien Obioha

Wake Forest University – Ryan Janvion

Texas Christian University – Joey Hunt

Washington State University – Jeremiah Allison

Texas Tech University – Justis Nelson

West Virginia University – Karl Joseph

Tulane University – Richard Carthon 

Combined Divisions (FCS, II, III & NAIA)

Alma College – Brent Luplow

Peru State College – Logan Paben

Angelo State University – Kyle Washington

Pittsburg State University – Deron Washington

Aurora University – Billy Baker

Presentation College – Garret Fraser

Azusa Pacific University – Andrew Elffers

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute – Austin Amery

Berry College – Matt Farinella

Rhodes College – Jonathan Wiener

Bethany College (Kan.) – Brett Crome

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology – Tyler Rockwood

Bethel University (Minn.) – Matt Mehlhorn

Rowan University – Withler Marcelin

Butler University – Matt Shiltz

Sacred Heart University – Nick Bartoli

Carson-Newman University – De'Andre Thomas

Saint Augustine's University – Roderick Davenport

Catawba College – Mike Sheehan

Saint Francis University (Pa.) – Khairi Dickson

Central College – Jacob Wassenaar

Saint John's University (Minn.) – Ben Brown

Colorado School of Mines – Stephen Candelaria

Saint Vincent College – Andrew Geisler

Cornell University (N.Y.) – Luke Hagy

Salve Regina University – Mike McNamara

Dakota State University – Bobby Tisch

Samford University – Gunnar Bromelow

Davidson College – Christopher Woods Jr.

Shepherd University – Octavius Thomas

Defiance College – Cody Lee

South Dakota State University – Cam Jones

Denison University – Lucas Romick

Southeast Missouri State University – Paul McRoberts

Dickinson State University – Meyer Bohn

Southeastern Oklahoma State University – Kaymon Farmer

Drake University – John Hugunin

Southern Arkansas University – John Miller

East Stroudsburg University – Jon Schnaars

St. Cloud State University – Jameson Parsons

Eastern Kentucky University – Avery Pitt

Stephen F. Austin State University – Aaron Thomas

Ferris State University – Jason Vander Laan

Stonehill College – Nick Chiocco

Florida A&M University – Akil Blount

Yale University – Sebastian Little

Florida Institute of Technology – Manny Abad

Sul Ross State University – Sterling Jones

Fordham University – George Dawson

Texas A&M University-Kingsville – Christian Garcia

Franklin College– Austin Carlton

Texas Lutheran University – Dominick Stives

Frostburg State University – Josh Burch

The Citadel – Joe Crochet

Gannon University – Liam Nadler

Towson University – Jon Desir

Gardner-Webb University – Chad Geter

Trinity International University – Riley Schussler

Grand Valley State University – Alton Voss

Trinity University (Texas) – Brad Hood

Harding University – De'Onte Garrett

Tufts University – Corey Burns

Heidelberg University – Ryan Finck

University of Central Oklahoma – Seth Hiddink

Hillsdale College – Daniel Drummond

University of Chicago – Vincent Beltrano

Hope College – Robert Kish

University of Dayton – Patrick Nuzzolese

Idaho State University – Cody Sorensen

University of Dubuque – Blaine Snitker

Illinois State University – Kyle Avaloy

University of Maine – Trevor Bates

Indiana State University – Mark Sewall

University of Mary – Zach Roberson

Jackson State University – Teddrick Terrell

University of North Alabama – Lee Mayhall

Jacksonville State University – Dalton Screws

University of North Dakota – Dayo Idowu

John Carroll University – David Porter

University of Northern Iowa – Isaac Ales

Lenoir-Rhyne University – Jacob Slagle

University of Northwestern (Minn.) – Nathan Van Zee

Liberty University – Chima Uzowihe

University of Puget Sound – Misha Gordon

Lindenwood University (Mo.) – Connor Harris

University of Rochester – Matthew Pisano

Macalester College – Forest Redlin

University of San Diego – Devyn Bryant

Malone University – Jon Zimmerly

University of Sioux Falls – John Tidwell

Manchester University – Logan Haston

University of St. Thomas – David Simmet

Marist College – Zach Quarles

University of Tennessee at Martin – Taino Fears-Perez

McDaniel College – Mike Oliveto

University of the Cumberlands – Randy Maynard

Mississippi College – Seth McDonald

University of the Incarnate Word – Padyn Giebler

Mississippi Valley State University – Sean Brown

University of Wisconsin-Platteville – Alex Johnson

Moravian College – Anthony Orlando

University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point – Taylor Lucas

Morgan State University – Andrew King

Wartburg College – Robbie Anstoetter

Morningside College – Ethan Stofferan

Washburn University – Michael Miller

North Carolina Central University – Tre Smith

Washington University in St. Louis – Jonathan Way

North Carolina Wesleyan College – Dustin Midgett

Wayne State University (Mich.) – Carl Roscoe

Northern Arizona University – Dejzon Walker

Western Illinois University – Jordan Veloz

Northern State University – Joseph Parsley

Westminster College – Justin Dahl

Northwest Missouri State University – Shane Smith

William Penn University – Kramer Patterson

Ohio Dominican University – Paul Wesselhoeft

Wingate University – Mathu Gibson

Ohio Wesleyan University – Tim Shadoan

Worcester Polytechnic Institute – Jake Brown

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