Matt Barkley Named To AllState AFCA Good Works Team

    Matt Barkley.

    Sept. 20, 2011

    USC quarterback Matt Barkley is one of 11 FBS football players named to the 2011 Allstate American Football Coaches Association Good Works Team, which recognizes players committed to making a difference in their communities.

    The award recipients will be invited to New Orleans to take part in a special volunteer project leading up to the 2012 Allstate® Sugar Bowl®.

    The players on this year's roster boast an impressive list of credentials promoting service and volunteerism, from donating bone marrow to a cancer patient to mentoring children home and abroad to playing the piano for hospital patients.

    Barkley spent 11 days during 2010 Christmas break in Nigeria visiting orphans, widows, villagers and prisoners, doing construction work, distributing supplies and gifts and sharing daily fellowship. While in high school, he was active in his church (playing guitar in the choir) and in community service (he helped build homes for the poor in Mexico, volunteered at an orphanage in South Africa and spearheaded the Monarchs For Marines program that raised money for the families of wounded and fallen soldiers).

    Joining Barkley on the FBS Good Works Team are: Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin, Boise State wide receiver Chris Potter, Colorado running back Brian Lockridge, Georgia tight end Aron White, Kentucky defensive lineman Jacob Lewellen, Nebraska defensive lineman Jared Crick, Northwestern offensive lineman Alexander Netter, Notre Dame quarterback Dayne Crist, Temple offensive lineman Wayne Tribue and Texas linebacker Emmanuel Acho.

    Allstate and the AFCA also selected an 11-man team composed of players from the Football Championship Subdivision (I-AA) and Divisions II, III, and NAIA. They are: Carson-Newman defensive lineman Byron Bell, Central (Iowa) tight end Cory Nikkel, Central Methodist defensive back Jacob Heppner, Drake linebacker Stoy Hall, Macalester defensive back David Melms, Missouri Southern State wide receiver Kellen Cox, Morningside tight end Colby Rohde, North Dakota defensive back Justin Belotti, Northwestern State linebacker Yeser Elqutub, Rhode Island offensive lineman Matt Greenhalgh and SUNY Maritime defensive lineman Ricky McClain.

    "For two decades this award has represented one of the great aspects of college football by shining a spotlight on the community involvement of its student-athletes," said Mark LaNeve, Allstate executive vice president, marketing & sales operations, who also serves on the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® voting panel. "Allstate is proud to partner with the AFCA to present and grow awareness around this award and continues to be inspired by the commitment and dedication of its recipients."

    "The tremendous community service activities these young student-athletes participate in is exceptional," said Grant Teaff, Executive Director of the American Football Coaches Association. "These 22 student-athletes have sacrificed their personal time in an attempt to make their communities a better place. We couldn't be more proud to have these players make up the 20th Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®. We are also proud to be partnered with Allstate in recognizing these outstanding student-athletes."

    Fans will be able to vote for an Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® Captain by visiting and searching "Good Works". By viewing the player profiles on the website, fans can learn more about this year's team members and their selfless acts of kindness.