Trust Nominated for 2018 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team

Trust Nominated for 2018 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team

(NORTHBROOK, Ill.) - 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®.

In that group is Walsh University's own and Akron native Morgan Trust. The 6-0, 240-lbs. defensive lineman who prepped at Copley High School was one of 99 players selected from the group of FCS, Division II, Division III, and NAIA.

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."

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," 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 ESPN.com 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)
Arizona State University – Manny Wilkins 
Auburn University – Derrick Brown 
Boston College – Michael Walker 
Brigham Young University – Tanner Mangum  
Clemson University – Sean Pollard  
Colorado State University – Adam Prentice  
Duke University – Johnathan Lloyd  
East Carolina University – Alex Turner 
Eastern Michigan University – Jeremy Hickey  
Florida State University – Fredrick Jones  
Indiana University – Ricky Brookins  \
Iowa State University – D'Andre Payne  
Kansas State University – Dalton Risner  
Kent State University – Matt Bahr  
Louisiana State University – Blake Ferguson  
Marshall University – Chase Hancock  
Miami University – James Gardner  
Michigan State University – Khari Willis  
Middle Tennessee State University – Matt Bonadies  
Mississippi State University – Nick Fitzgerald  
Northern Illinois University – Max Scharping  
Old Dominion University – Oshane Ximines  
Penn State University – Nick Scott  
Purdue University – David Blough  
Rutgers University – Zack Heeman  
Southern Methodist University – Jordan Wyatt  
Syracuse University – Kielan Whitner  
TCU – Ben Banogu  
Texas A&M University – Erik McCoy  
Texas State University – A.J. Krawczyk  
Tulane University – Brian Newman  
UCF – Jordan Johnson  
UNC-Charlotte – Juwan Foggie 
United States Air Force Academy – Brody Bagnall 
University of Akron – Brian Reinke  
University of Alabama – Jamey Mosley 
University of Arkansas – Hjalte Froholdt 
University of California, Berkeley – Patrick Laird  
University of Cincinnati – Garrett Campbell 
University of Florida – Fred Johnson  
University of Georgia – Rodrigo Blankenship  
University of Hawaii – Dakota Torres  
University of Illinois – Nick Allegretti  
University of Iowa – Parker Hesse  
University of Kansas – Joe Dineen  
University of Kentucky – C.J. Conrad  
University of Louisville – Dae Williams  
University of Michigan – Chase Winovich  
University of Minnesota – Emmit Carpenter  
University of Missouri – Corey Fatony 
University of Nebraska – Freedom Akinmoladun  
University of Nevada – Ty Gangi   
University of Notre Dame – Nic Weishar  
University of Oklahoma – Caleb Kelly  
University of Pittsburgh – Darrin Hall 
University of South Alabama – Sean Grayer  
University of Southern California – Jordan Austin  
University of Southern Mississippi – Picasso Nelson Jr. 
University of Tennessee – Kyle Phillips  
University of Texas – Chase Moore  
University of Texas at San Antonio – Jalen Rhodes  
University of Toledo – Cody Thompson  
University of Tulsa – Willie Wright 
University of Utah – Chase Hansen  
University of Virginia – Lester Coleman  
University of Wisconsin – D'Cota Dixon  
Utah State University – Jacoby Wildman  
Vanderbilt University – Khari Blasingam  
West Virginia University – Will Grier  
Western Michigan University – Jamauri Bogan 

Combined Divisions (FCS, II, III & NAIA)
Alabama State University – Carl Thompson 
Alma College – Hunter Hoffman  
Angelo State University – Connor Flanigan  
Arkansas Tech University – Tremel Glasper 
Ashland University – Travis Downing  
Aurora University – Kurtis Chione  
Bemidji State University – Jared Henning  
Berry College – Justen Booket  
Bethel University (Minn.) – Kyle Kilgore  
Black Hills State University – Zane Lindsey  
Butler University – Drew Bevelhimer  
Capital University – Cory Heeter  
Carthage College – Jeremy Behnke  
Chapman University – Elias Deeb  
Colorado State University-Pueblo – Quinn Vandekoppel  
Concord University – Brandon Plyler  
Concordia University, Nebraska – Vince Beasley  
Dakota State University – Brandon Schmit  
DePauw University – Hunter Sego  
Drake University – Nathan Clayberg  
East Stroudsburg University – Levi Murphy 
Eastern Kentucky University – LJ Scott  
Eastern New Mexico University – Wyatt Strand  
Eastern Washington University – Sam McPherson 
Ferris State University – Travis Russell 
Franklin and Marshall College – Tanner Erisman  
Frostburg State University – Riley Hartman 
Furman University – Avery Armstrong  
Guilford College – Jeremiah Hedrick  
Harvard University – Jake McIntyre 
Hope College – Mason Dekker 
Howard University – John Petricca  
Illinois State University – Jake Kolbe 
Jacksonville University – Jake Dempsey  
James Madison University – Grant Westbrook  
Johns Hopkins University – Luke McFadden  
Kennesaw State University – Nicolas Snowden  
Lewis & Clark College – Pete Lahti 
Lindenwood University – Jonathan Harris  
Macalester College – Ethan Levin 
Manchester University – Brady Nyland  
Marist College – Kyle Hamrick  
Mercer University – Isaiah Buehler 
Millikin University – Matthew Brown  
Millsaps College – Andrew Cassidy 
Minot State University – Parker Franzen  
Monmouth University – Ryan Wetzel  
Montana State University – Wilson Brott 
Montana Tech – Clay Dean 
Moravian College – Nick Zambelli  
Morgan State University – Deontaye White 
Morningside College – Trent Solsma  
North Carolina Central University – Nick Leverett  
North Dakota State University – Easton Stick 
Northern State University – Zach Mohs  
Ohio Dominican University – Cory Contini  
Ohio Wesleyan University – Cameron Smith  
Peru State College – Daniel Boshart 
Princeton University – Kurt Holuba  
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute – Sean Egan  
Rowan University – Kevin Stokes 
Saint Augustine's University – Zack Jenkins 
Saint John's University (Minn.) – Jackson Erdmann  
Samford University – Kevin Marion  
South Dakota School of Mines – Jake Sullivan  
South Dakota State University – Taryn Christion  
Southeastern Oklahoma State University – Joel Carlos  
Southwest Minnesota State University – Jon Dicke 
Springfield College – Andrew Papirio  
Stephen F. Austin State University – Cody Williams  
Stevenson University – Dan Williams  
Stony Brook University – Marc Nolan  
Texas A&M University-Commerce – Chris Smith 
Texas A&M University-Kingsville – Sean Landez  
The College of Wooster – Hunter Coia  
University of California, Davis – Kooper Richardson  
University of Central Missouri – Austin Miller  
University of Dubuque – Collin Stefanowski  
University of Minnesota-Crookston – Will Cross  
University of Minnesota-Duluth – Trapper Ward 
University of Mount Union – Jared Ruth  
University of North Dakota – Brady Oliveira  
University of Pennsylvania – Sam Philippi  
University of Puget Sound – Dwight Jackson  
University of Sioux Falls – Logan Dykstra  
University of St. Thomas – Jacques Perra  
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga – Alex Trotter  
University of Wisconsin-Platteville – Mark Johnson  
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater – Elliot Kim  
Upper Iowa University – Tanner Thompson  
Utica College – Malcolm Stowe 
Virginia State University – Shakym Peters  
Walsh University – Morgan Trust  
Wartburg College – Matt Sacia  
Washington University in St. Louis – Jason Singer  
Wayne State University – Deiontae Nicholas  
Westminster College (Pa.) – Bryson Paulinellie  
Wingate University – Adam Riley  
Youngstown State University – Tevin 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.

About AFCA
The AFCA was founded in 1922 and currently has more than 11,000 members around the world ranging from the high school level to the professional ranks. According to its constitution, the AFCA was formed, in part, to "maintain the highest possible standards in football and in the coaching profession" and to "provide a forum for the discussion and study of all matters pertaining to football."