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11 FBS players named to Allstate AFCA Good Works Team

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Tired of all the negative crap associated with the game of college football?  If so, here’s a nod to a handful of players who are doing some good both on the field and, more importantly, in the community.

Allstate and the American Football Coaches Association announced Tuesday morning its 22-player-strong Good Works Team for 2012.  Of the 22, 11 are from FBS-level programs.

Oddly enough, all 11 FBS players selected to this year’s team are from the offensive side of the ball.

The release states that “the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® shines a spotlight on the positive, off-the-field impact that a select group of student-athletes has on their communities.”

Of the 11 FBS players, three were from the SEC, while the ACC and Big Ten had two apiece.  Positionally, there were three quarterbacks and three offensive linemen among the group.

Miami running back Mike James and Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray (pictured) were the only non-seniors to make the team.

“As fans of college football, Allstate takes great pride in partnering with the AFCA to recognize these dedicated student-athletes for their accomplishments off the field,” Kathy Mabe, president of Allstate’s West regions and a member of the 2012 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team voting panel, said in a statement.  “These players have demonstrated the unique ability to balance academics with athletics while donating their limited free time and energy to serve others, and we at Allstate commend them for their commitment to volunteerism.”

Below is the complete 2012 FBS Good Works Team:

Senior Barrett Jones, OL, Alabama
Senior Philip Lutzenkirchen, TE, Auburn
Senior Sean Renfree, QB, Duke
Junior Aaron Murray, QB, Georgia
Senior Collin Klein, QB, Kansas State
Junior Mike James, RB, Miami (Fla.)
Senior Patrick Omameh, OL, Michigan
Senior Rex Burkhead, RB, Nebraska
Senior Mike Golic Jr., OL, Notre Dame
Senior Kyle Negrete, P, USC
Senior Brandon McManus, P, Temple

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5 Responses to “11 FBS players named to Allstate AFCA Good Works Team”
  1. southernpatriots says: Sep 19, 2012 7:31 AM

    Congratulations to all the 22 winners of this “….Good Works Team.” It is refreshing to have at least this story about something good college football players are doing for the community. I personally know they do many good things as I see college football players in my area (Tulane and LSU) at children’s wards of hospitals and visiting those in cancer wards and others while I am there. I see how the children light up and are so happy to see them.

    Like the Heisman, I wish defensive players received some recognition from this award since I see them just as often as the players on the offense, but maybe next year. It sure is a great group of young men who are on the FBS list. Congratulations to all these young men and all the FCS young men who won as well. Also, congratulations to their respective coaches and schools which often allow them time away and support for various community activities.

  2. dmcgrann says: Sep 19, 2012 2:22 PM

    The two punters are really defensive players when you think about it.

  3. southernpatriots says: Sep 19, 2012 3:05 PM

    dmcgrann: Kudos! I was definitely not thinking of that! I was thinking of DLs, Linebackers and Secondaries, but they sure could be, or at least, I think, “special teams” but not offense. Thanks again. thumbs up!

    College football players are now helping with the clearing away of debris from yards and on top of houses of the elderly and infirmed in our area of south Louisiana that was devastated by winds and floodings by Hurricane Isaac. We needed some strong young men to do this work and are very thankful to have their help.

  4. dmcgrann says: Sep 19, 2012 10:58 PM

    Hoping that Mr. Taylor and his bosses don’t mind, here’s a link to all of the players involved (BCS, FCS, DII, DIII, and NAIA):

    http://promo.espn.go.com/espn/contests/allstate/2012/goodworks/voteCaptain

    Great stuff being done by these young men. My alma mater is FCS, and I love FCS and the lower divisions. As a matter of fact I watched nothing but FCS games on TV last week, except for a little Florida-Tennessee.

    I enjoyed seeing a young man on the Allstate list who played in a game I saw last year, for a team that used the first players to the sidelines to pass out the Gatorade bottles to the others coming off of the field. No “trainers” or “student assistants”.

  5. alligatorsnapper says: Sep 20, 2012 7:43 AM

    I love the FCS teams/players as well. Love to watch them when I can.

    Thanks southernpatriots for giving the FCS teams a shout out! Thanks dmcgrann for the list.

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