Among the list of nominees is University of Tennessee at Chattanooga senior captain B.J. Coleman. Coleman, a native of Chattanooga and a 2011 Walter Payton Award candidate, is entering his senior season as the starting quarterback for the Mocs.
On the field, Coleman has made a tremendous impact on the program since transferring from Tennessee in 2009. He has 5,344 career passing yards, ranking fifth all-time at UTC. His 43 career touchdown passes are second all-time for the Mocs and he was a second team All-Southern Conference pick last year.
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.
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.
Coleman has become widely known for his leadership skills and community involvement. He is a three-year starter at quarterback and a two-year captain. He is also a sought-after public speaker who volunteers his time with many community events throughout Chattanooga.
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. Coleman was also an Academic All-SoCon team member last year, an honor given to student-athletes who are significant contributors in competition and maintain a 3.2 cumulative grade-point-average.
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