Roddy Jones Nominated For Award

July 20, 2011

Georgia Tech senior A-back Roddy Jones is on the list of nominees for the 2011 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®. The award recognizes the selfless contributions to volunteerism and community service made by college football student-athletes across the nation.

Jones, entering his fourth year as a starter, has excelled on the field. He enters 2011 with 1,388 career rushing yards, which ranks 26th in school history. His career average of 7.5 yards per carry ranks first among all active players in the ACC. Jones has started 39 career games.

In the classroom, Jones is a three-time Academic All-ACC selection who earned his undergraduate degree in management in December. He will play this season as a graduate student pursuing his MBA.

In the community, the Stone Mountain (Ga.) native has been a leader. He has served as president of the Georgia Tech Student-Athlete Advisory Board while taking part in the following community volunteer activities: Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, the Michael Isenhour Toy Drive, Special Olympics of Georgia, the KIPP Strive Academy, the Heat Track Club, Upward Bound Football League, BlazeSports Charity Wheelchair Basketball game participant, and Kids at Kollege.

From the nominees submitted by sports information directors across the nation on behalf of their schools, a special voting panel consisting of former Good Works Team® members and prominent college football media members will select two 11-player Good Works Teams® — one comprising of players from the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision and another representing players from the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision, Divisions II, III, and the NAIA. The 22 student-athletes named to the 2011 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® will be announced in late September.

In order to meet the criteria set forth by Allstate and the AFCA, each player must be actively involved and committed to working with a charitable organization, service group or community service while maintaining good academic standing.

This year marks the program’s 20th year honoring college football players at all levels of competition who stand out for their “good works” in the community. Since 1992, selection to the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® has become the gold standard for off-the-field character and leadership for college football players. The honor is widely considered the sport’s pre-eminent community service award.

“This program has grown dramatically throughout the years due to the volunteerism and commitment of these great student-athletes to their communities,” said Mark LaNeve, Allstate Executive Vice President, Marketing & Sales Operations, who also serves on the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® voting panel. “To be associated with an award that reflects so positively on college football is an inspiration for Allstate, our employees and our agents, especially as the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® celebrates its 20th year.”

While it is often college football players’ on-field exploits that receive the most attention from fans and media, the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® award shines a spotlight on student-athletes’ efforts away from the playing field by sharing their stories of serving others.

From creating mentorship programs at local schools, to traveling on mission trips around the world, to donating bone marrow to a cancer patient, this year’s Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® nominees boast some of the most impressive community service resumes in the program’s history.

“The Allstate AFCA Good Works Team is one of the most important awards in college football because it highlights some of the best and brightest student-athletes in the country,” said Grant Teaff, AFCA Executive Director. “With this being the 20th year of this outstanding award, it’s great to see a record number of nominees sent in from some of the leading football programs in the nation. The AFCA is proud to share in this anniversary year with our partners at Allstate.”

After a successful first-year partnership with ESPN.com, Allstate and the AFCA will re-launch its customized Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® website featuring profiles and images of the final team members, as well as an opportunity for fans to vote for the 2011 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® Captain.

The 2011 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® voting panel includes: former Good Works Team® members Alex Van Pelt (Pittsburgh, 1992 team), Zaid Abdul-Aleem (Duke, 1994 team), Matt Stinchcomb (Georgia, 1997, 1998 teams), Grant Irons (Notre Dame, 1999 team), Brian Brenberg (St. Thomas, 2001 team), Mike Proman (Amherst, 2002 team); media members Lou Holtz (ESPN), Rece Davis (ESPN), Tom O’Toole (USA Today), Gary Shelton (St. Petersburg Times), Blair Kerkhoff (Kansas City Star); current AFCA President and Montana State University Head Coach Rob Ash; 1987 AFCA President LaVell Edwards, former head coach at Brigham Young University; and Allstate Executive Vice President, Marketing & Sales Operations, Mark LaNeve.

The following players have been nominated for consideration to be named to the 2011 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®.

Football Bowl Subdivision

Air Force Academy – A.J. Wallerstein

Arizona State University – Aaron Pflugrad

Auburn University – T’Sharvan Bell

Baylor University – Robert Griffin

Boise State University – Chris Potter

Bowling Green State University – Ronnie Goble

Central Michigan University – Cody Wilson

Clemson University – Dwayne Allen

Colorado State University – Ivory Herd

Georgia Institute of Technology – Roddy Jones

Indiana University – Leon Beckum

Iowa State University – Jake Knott

Kansas State University – Tysyn Hartman

Middle Tennessee State University – Alan Gendreau

North Carolina State University – Asa Watson

Northwestern University – Alexander Netter

Oklahoma State University – Brandon Weeden

Oregon State University – Johnny Hekker

Purdue University – Rob Henry

Rice University – Kyle Martens

Rutgers University – Scott Vallone

Southern Methodist University – Kelvin Beachum

Syracuse University – Adam Harris

Temple University – Wayne Tribue

Texas A&M University – Ryan Tannehill

Texas Christian University – Jeff Olson

University of Arizona – Nick Foles

University of Central Florida – Ronnie Weaver

University of Cincinnati – J.K. Schaffer

University of Colorado – Brian Lockridge

University of Florida – Jeff Demps

University of Georgia – Aron White

University of Iowa – Eric Guthrie

University of Kentucky – Jacob Lewellen

University of Louisville – Greg Scruggs

University of Memphis – Michael Antonescu

University of Michigan – Patrick Omameh

University of Minnesota – Donald Wilhite

University of Mississippi – Jason Jones

University of Missouri – Michael Egnew

University of Nebraska – Jared Crick

University of Nevada – Las Vegas – Nate Carter

University of North Carolina – Matt Merletti

University of Notre Dame – Dayne Crist

University of Pittsburgh – Andrew Taglianetti

University of South Carolina – Kenny Miles

University of South Florida – Chaz Hine

University of Southern California – Matt Barkley

University of Texas – Emmanuel Acho

University of Toledo – Eric Page

University of Utah – Tony Bergstrom

University of Virginia – Chase Minnifield

Utah State University – Eric Moats

West Virginia University – Keith Tandy

Western Kentucky University – Jack Doyle

Western Michigan University – John Potter

Combined Divisions (FCS, II, III & NAIA)

Angelo State University – Alvin Johnson

Campbell University – Branden Burt

Campbellsville University – William Warf

Capital University – Troy Spiker

Carroll College (Mont.) – Nick Petrusha

Carson-Newman College – Byron Bell

Central College (Iowa) – Cory Nikkel

Central Methodist University – Jacob Heppner

Charleston Southern University – Chris Kuzdale

Dakota Wesleyan University – Anthony Muilenburg

Drake University – Stoy Hall

Duquesne University – Zach Richert

Elmhurst College – Chris Kirkpatrick

Elon University – Dale Riley

Ferris State University – Tom Schneider

Florida A&M University – Padric Scott

Frostburg State University – Josh Volpe

Georgia Southern University – Andrew Boyd Sasser

Grinnell College – Mike Bogard

Heidelberg University – Derrick Arbogast

Henderson State University – Nick Johnson

Hobart College – Jarrid Blades

Illinois State University – Matt Lancaster

Indiana State University – Alex Sewall

Johns Hopkins University – Doug Drummond

Macalester College – David Melms

McNeese State University – Ben Bourgeois

Millsaps College – Garrett Pinciotti

Missouri Southern State University – Kellen Cox

Montana State University – Rick Haluszka

Morningside College – Colby Rohde

North Dakota State University – Coulter Boyer

North Park University – Casey Smagala

Northern Arizona University – Matt Myers

Northwest Missouri State University – Jake Soy

Northwestern College (Iowa) – Chris Butler

Northwestern State University (La.) – Yaser Elqutub

Old Dominion University – Ronnie Cameron

Samford University – Jeremy Towns

Shenandoah University – Kyle Feldman

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology – Andy Smith

South Dakota State University – Jake Steffen

Southern Illinois University – Mike McElroy

St. Cloud State University – Matt Theis

St. John’s University (Minn.) – Andrew Rotschafer

St. Olaf College – Leon Clark

St. Xavier University – Michael Prosser

SUNY Maritime College – Ricky McClain

Tarleton State University – Levi Kirkland

Thiel College – Tim Taylor

Thomas More College – Jay Volker

Towson University – Marcus Valentine

Trinity University (Texas) – Markham Stayton

Tusculum College – Bo Cordell

Union College – Jonathan Stidd

University of California – Davis – Bobby Erskine

University of Dubuque – Michael Zweifel

University of Montana – Alex Shaw

University of New Hampshire – Chris Zarkoskie

University of North Dakota – Justin Belotti

University of Northern Iowa – Ben Boothby

University of Redlands – Tyler Aubrey

University of Rhode Island – Matt Greenhalgh

University of San Diego – Al-Rilwan Adeyemi

University of Sioux Falls – Braden Wieking

University of St. Thomas (Minn.) – Fritz Waldvogel

University of Tennessee – Chattanooga – B.J. Coleman

University of the Incarnate Word – Jacob Love

University of Wisconsin-Whitewater – Kris Rosholt

Wartburg College – Logan Hansen

Washington University in St. Louis – Kyle Larkin

Wayne State College (Neb.) – Joe Bundy

Wayne State University (Mich.) – Josh Renel

Wheaton College – Jordan Chapman

Williams College – William Hamrick

Winona State University – Alex Kautza

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