Allstate & AFCA Announce 2018 Good Works Team® Nominees

Tim Tebow returns to voting panel to select prestigious 2018 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® from 169 Nominees

Across America, many college football players receive praise for their superior performance on the field. Today, however, only a select group of those student-athletes have the honor of being commended for their distinguished accomplishments off the field when Allstate Insurance Company and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) announce 169 nominees for the 2018 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®.

“Each nominee has an inspiring story to tell – often times about how they have prevailed over hardships and adversity only to turn around and pour their hearts into helping others.” David Prendergast

The Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® has been one of the most esteemed honors in college football for more than 25 years. The student-athletes who are nominated for this award not only demonstrate a unique dedication to community service and desire to make a positive impact on the lives around them, but they also show tremendous perseverance as well as the ability to overcome personal struggles and come out victorious against all odds.

“Each nominee has an inspiring story to tell – often times about how they have prevailed over hardships and adversity only to turn around and pour their hearts into helping others,” said David Prendergast, president of the Eastern Territory at Allstate Insurance Company and a member of the 2018 voting panel. “It is our privilege at Allstate to come together with the AFCA for the 11th consecutive year to shine a light on these exceptional nominees who set the highest standards of community service and serve as role models for generations to come.”

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The college football players who have been nominated make it a priority to find time in their busy schedules to volunteer in meaningful ways. Of the nominees, many players dedicate time to reading, mentoring and playing sports with disadvantaged children when they are not in the classroom or on the field. Other players make frequent visits to hospitals to spend one-on-one time with ill patients. One student-athlete even went as far as donating bone marrow in order to save the life of a child in need.

A special voting panel consisting of former Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® members and prominent college football media members will review submissions from sports directors across the nation to select the 2018 Good Works Team®. Tim Tebow, two-time national champion, Heisman Trophy winner and 2009 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® member, will once again headline the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® voting panel.

“I’ve seen the value of this team firsthand since I was selected as a member of the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team my senior year, and I love seeing the influx of players year after year who truly embody everything this program stands for.”Tim Tebow

“I’ve seen the value of this team firsthand since I was selected as a member of the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team my senior year, and I love seeing the influx of players year after year who truly embody everything this program stands for,” said Tebow. “These kids have so much character, strength, and honor. To excel on the field, in the classroom and be a leader in community service – that is the ultimate accomplishment.”

The Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® is 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 and one honorary head coach. To be in consideration by Allstate and the AFCA for a nomination, each player must be actively involved with a charitable organization or service group while maintaining a strong academic standing.

The final roster of 22 award recipients and honorary head coach will be unveiled in September.

“There are always a lot of great stories that come out every year during the college football season, but none of them compare to the inspiring stories that each of these Allstate AFCA Good Works Team nominees live out on a daily basis,” Todd Berry, AFCA Executive Director said. “How these student-athletes spend their time helping others should be a motivation to everyone who reads about them to give back. It’s an honor to partner with Allstate to publicize the great works these student-athletes achieve each year.”

In addition to Tebow and Prendergast, the 2018 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); Georgetown College head coach Bill Cronin; 2001 AFCA President and current athletic director at Virginia Union University Joe Taylor.

After the final team members are announced in September, college football fans can visit the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® official page on to view profiles and images of the players and honorary head coach, and vote for the 2018 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® Captain. Fans are also encouraged to follow along and join in on the conversation by searching and using #GoodWorksTeam on their social media channels throughout the season.

The following players have been nominated for consideration to be named to the 2018 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®:

Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS)

Institution NameNominee
Arizona State University Manny Wilkins
Auburn University Derrick Brown
Boston CollegeMichael Walker
Brigham Young UniversityTanner Mangum
Clemson University Sean Pollard
Colorado State UniversityAdam Prentice
Duke UniversityJohnathan Lloyd
East Carolina University Alex Turner
Eastern Michigan UniversityJeremy Hickey
Florida State UniversityFredrick Jones
Indiana UniversityRicky Brookins
Iowa State UniversityD’Andre Payne
Kansas State University Dalton Risner
Kent State University Matt Bahr
Louisiana State UniversityBlake Ferguson
Marshall University Chase Hancock
Miami UniversityJames Gardner
Michigan State UniversityKhari Willis
Middle Tennessee State UniversityMatt Bonadies
Mississippi State UniversityNick Fitzgerald
Northern Illinois UniversityMax Scharping
Old Dominion UniversityOshane Ximines
Penn State UniversityNick Scott
Purdue UniversityDavid Blough
Rutgers UniversityZack Heeman
Southern Methodist UniversityJordan Wyatt
Syracuse UniversityKielan Whitner
TCUBen Banogu
Texas A&M UniversityErik McCoy
Texas State UniversityA.J. Krawczyk
Tulane UniversityBrian Newman
UCFJordan Johnson
UNC-CharlotteJuwan Foggie
United States Air Force AcademyBrody Bagnall
University of AkronBrian Reinke
University of AlabamaJamey Mosley
University of ArkansasHjalte Froholdt
University of California, BerkeleyPatrick Laird
University of CincinnatiGarrett Campbell
University of Florida Fred Johnson
University of Georgia Rodrigo Blankenship
University of HawaiiDakota Torres
University of IllinoisNick Allegretti
University of IowaParker Hesse
University of KansasJoe Dineen
University of KentuckyC.J. Conrad
University of Louisville Dae Williams
University of MichiganChase Winovich
University of Minnesota Emmit Carpenter
University of MissouriCorey Fatony
University of Nebraska Freedom Akinmoladun
University of NevadaTy Gangi
University of Notre DameNic Weishar
University of OklahomaCaleb Kelly
University of PittsburghDarrin Hall
University of South AlabamaSean Grayer
University of Southern CaliforniaJordan Austin
University of Southern MississippiPicasso Nelson Jr.
University of TennesseeKyle Phillips
University of TexasChase Moore
University of Texas at San AntonioJalen Rhodes
University of ToledoCody Thompson
University of TulsaWillie Wright
University of UtahChase Hansen
University of VirginiaLester Coleman
University of WisconsinD’Cota Dixon
Utah State UniversityJacoby Wildman
Vanderbilt UniversityKhari Blasingam
West Virginia UniversityWill Grier
Western Michigan UniversityJamauri Bogan

Combined Divisions (FCS, II, III & NAIA)

Institution NameNominee
Alabama State UniversityCarl Thompson
Alma CollegeHunter Hoffman
Angelo State UniversityConnor Flanigan
Arkansas Tech UniversityTremel Glasper
Ashland UniversityTravis Downing
Aurora UniversityKurtis Chione
Bemidji State UniversityJared Henning
Berry CollegeJusten Booket
Bethel University (Minn.)Kyle Kilgore
Black Hills State UniversityZane Lindsey
Butler UniversityDrew Bevelhimer
Capital UniversityCory Heeter
Carthage CollegeJeremy Behnke
Chapman UniversityElias Deeb
Colorado State University-PuebloQuinn Vandekoppel
Concord UniversityBrandon Plyler
Concordia University, NebraskaVince Beasley
Dakota State UniversityBrandon Schmit
DePauw UniversityHunter Sego
Drake UniversityNathan Clayberg
East Stroudsburg UniversityLevi Murphy
Eastern Kentucky UniversityLJ Scott
Eastern New Mexico UniversityWyatt Strand
Eastern Washington UniversitySam McPherson
Ferris State UniversityTravis Russell
Franklin and Marshall CollegeTanner Erisman
Frostburg State UniversityRiley Hartman
Furman UniversityAvery Armstrong
Guilford College Jeremiah Hedrick
Harvard UniversityJake McIntyre
Hope CollegeMason Dekker
Howard UniversityJohn Petricca
Illinois State UniversityJake Kolbe
Jacksonville UniversityJake Dempsey
James Madison UniversityGrant Westbrook
Johns Hopkins UniversityLuke McFadden
Kennesaw State UniversityNicolas Snowden
Lewis & Clark CollegePete Lahti
Lindenwood UniversityJonathan Harris
Macalester CollegeEthan Levin
Manchester UniversityBrady Nyland
Marist CollegeKyle Hamrick
Mercer UniversityIsaiah Buehler
Millikin UniversityMatthew Brown
Millsaps CollegeAndrew Cassidy
Minot State UniversityParker Franzen
Monmouth UniversityRyan Wetzel
Montana State UniversityWilson Brott
Montana TechClay Dean
Moravian CollegeNick Zambelli
Morgan State UniversityDeontaye White
Morningside CollegeTrent Solsma
North Carolina Central UniversityNick Leverett
North Dakota State UniversityEaston Stick
Northern State UniversityZach Mohs
Ohio Dominican UniversityCory Contini
Ohio Wesleyan UniversityCameron Smith
Peru State CollegeDaniel Boshart
Princeton UniversityKurt Holuba
Rensselaer Polytechnic InstituteSean Egan
Rowan UniversityKevin Stokes
Saint Augustine’s UniversityZack Jenkins
Saint John’s University (Minn.)Jackson Erdmann
Samford UniversityKevin Marion
South Dakota School of MinesJake Sullivan
South Dakota State UniversityTaryn Christion
Southeastern Oklahoma State UniversityJoel Carlos
Southwest Minnesota State UniversityJon Dicke
Springfield CollegeAndrew Papirio
Stephen F. Austin State UniversityCody Williams
Stevenson UniversityDan Williams
Stony Brook UniversityMarc Nolan
Texas A&M University-CommerceChris Smith
Texas A&M University-KingsvilleSean Landez
The College of WoosterHunter Coia
University of California, DavisKooper Richardson
University of Central MissouriAustin Miller
University of DubuqueCollin Stefanowski
University of Minnesota-CrookstonWill Cross
University of Minnesota-DuluthTrapper Ward
University of Mount UnionJared Ruth
University of North DakotaBrady Oliveira
University of PennsylvaniaSam Philippi
University of Puget SoundDwight Jackson
University of Sioux FallsLogan Dykstra
University of St. ThomasJacques Perra
University of Tennessee at ChattanoogaAlex Trotter
University of Wisconsin-PlattevilleMark Johnson
University of Wisconsin-WhitewaterElliot Kim
Upper Iowa UniversityTanner Thompson
Utica CollegeMalcolm Stowe
Virginia State UniversityShakym Peters
Walsh UniversityMorgan Trust
Wartburg CollegeMatt Sacia
Washington University in St. LouisJason Singer
Wayne State UniversityDeiontae Nicholas
Westminster College (Pa.)Bryson Paulinellie
Wingate UniversityAdam Riley
Youngstown State UniversityTevin McCaster

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 71 selections to the Good Works Team since it began in 1992. The SEC is followed by the Atlantic Coast Conference with 37 selections and the Big 12 Conference with 30 selections. Georgia is in first place with 18 honorees to the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team. ® The Bulldogs are followed by Kentucky and 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.

Comments 3

  1. Travis Russell – Ferris State University QB is my pick, he is a great example on and off the playing field. Travis displays poise, character, respect and a personal commitment to making a difference. Travis is a fine young man…..

  2. Lester Coleman is my choice from the University of Virginia.
    Check out the videos of Heroes for Thursday.
    Great punter and even a better young man. Service could be his middle name.
    His uncle.,
    Boyd “The Jet” Coleman

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