NORTHBROOK, Ill. (July 17, 2012) – Rutgers football’s Khaseem Greene (Elizabeth, N.J.) has been nominated for the 2012 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®, it was announced Tuesday by Allstate Insurance Company and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA). One of college football’s most prestigious off-the-field honors, the award recognizes a select group of college football players committed to making a difference.
A standout senior linebacker for the Scarlet Knights, Greene has found time to give back to his community through school and hospital visits, as well as his participation in local reading initiatives and toy drives. He also has added his support to former teammate Eric LeGrand’s event, A Walk to Believe, since its inception in 2010. The second annual 5K walk was held in June 2012.
Greene has equally been impressive for RU on the field, leading the conference and ranking 12th nationally with 141 tackles in 2011 to earn BIG EAST Co-Defensive Player of the Year recognition. He received All-America honors in 2011 by SI.com and Phil Steele and is a 2012 Preseason All-America selection.
From the 117 total nominees, a special voting panel consisting of former Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® members and prominent college football media members will select two 11-player Good Works Teams® – one comprised 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 final roster of 22 award recipients will be unveiled in September.
Since 1992, the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® has shown a spotlight on the countless “good works” and remarkable stories of service by student-athletes at all levels of college football competition. Award recipients represent the sport’s finest in terms of character and leadership in the community.
Allstate and the AFCA will launch the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® website on ESPN.com featuring profiles and images of the final team members, as well as the opportunity for fans to vote for the 2012 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® Captain.
The 2012 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), Kirk Herbstreit (ESPN), Tom O’Toole (USA Today), Andy Staples (SI.com), Blair Kerkhoff (Kansas City Star); current AFCA President and Harvard University Head Coach Tim Murphy; 1987 AFCA President LaVell Edwards, former head coach at Brigham Young University; and Kathy Mabe, President, West Regions at Allstate.
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 a strong academic standing.
Football Bowl Subdivision Nominees (52)
Arizona State University – Brandon Magee
Auburn University – Philip Lutzenkirchen
Bowling Green State University – Ronnie Goble
Brigham Young University – Michael Alisa
Central Michigan University – Cody Wilson
Clemson University – Rashard Hall
Duke University – Sean Renfree
Florida State University – Dustin Hopkins
Indiana University – Adam Replogle
Iowa State University – Jake Knott
Kansas State University – Collin Klein
Louisiana State University – Barkevious Mingo
Middle Tennessee State University – Logan Kilgore
Northern Illinois University – Jason Schepler
Northwestern University – Jeff Budzien
Ohio State University – Ben Buchanan
Rice University – Klein Kubiak
Rutgers University – Khaseem Greene
Syracuse University – Deon Goggins
Temple University – Brandon McManus
Texas Christian University – Blaize Foltz
Tulane University – Ryan Griffin
University of Alabama – Barrett Jones
University of Arizona – Jake Fischer
University of California Los Angeles – Jeff Locke
University of Central Florida – Rob Calabrese
University of Cincinnati – Drew Frey
University of Florida – Caleb Sturgis
University of Georgia – Aaron Murray
University of Kentucky – Morgan Newton
University of Louisiana-Lafayette – Blaine Gautier
University of Maryland – A.J. Francis
University of Memphis – Akeem Davis
University of Miami (Fla.) – Mike James
University of Michigan – Patrick Omameh
University of Mississippi – Devin Thomas
University of Missouri – T.J. Moe
University of Nebraska – Rex Burkhead
University of North Carolina – Jonathan Cooper
University of Notre Dame – Mike Golic, Jr.
University of Oklahoma – Landry Jones
University of Pittsburgh – Andrew Taglianetti
University of South Carolina – Marcus Lattimore
University of South Florida – Danous Estenor
University of Southern California – Kyle Negrete
University of Tennessee – Tyler Bray
University of Utah – Sean Sellwood
University of Virginia – Michael Rocco
University of Wisconsin – Shelton Johnson
Utah State University – Jake Doughty
Wake Forest University – Terence Davis
Western Kentucky University – Tye Golden