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  • John Brown nominated for Allstate, AFCA honor

  • Allstate Insurance and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) announced Tuesday its 151 nominees for the 2013 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®, among them Pittsburg State incoming senior receiver-return man John Brown. The Good Works Team® honors student-athletes for their community s...
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  • Allstate Insurance and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) announced Tuesday its 151 nominees for the 2013 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®, among them Pittsburg State incoming senior receiver-return man John Brown.
    The Good Works Team® honors student-athletes for their community service or "these student-athletes represent the sport's finest in the areas of volunteerism and leadership amongst their peers."
    A media release mentioned Brown’s involvement with Mathletes, a program used for teaching local elementary school students math skills through athletic concepts (statistics, for example), and “working with local youth to build relationships and encourage them to chase their dreams.”
    The 151 nominees represent the largest candidate pool in the 22-year history of the award — the 22 award recipients will be named in September, 11 from the Football Bowl Subdivision and 11 from the Football Championship Subdivision, Divisions II and III, and the NAIA.
    "Through their commitment to service and helping others, this impressive group of student-athletes has shown that 'good works' extend beyond the football field," Cynthia Whitfield, Allstate Southern Region senior vice president and Good Works Team® voter, said in a media release. "The positive impact these young athletes have on their communities is an inspiration to us all and another reason to celebrate the good happening in our communities."
    "With a record number of nominees submitted this year for the 2013 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, it is obvious that our country's collegiate football programs are producing great student-athletes," Grant Teaff, AFCA executive director, said. "The AFCA is proud to partner with Allstate for a sixth consecutive year in honoring these outstanding student-athletes."
    Voters include Lou Holtz, Kirk Herbstreit, Kansas City Star scribe Blair Kerkhoff and current AFCA president and Texas head coach Mack Brown.
    John Brown joined the Pitt State program on the eve of the 2011 National Championship season and made a sudden impact on the Gorillas — returning a punt for touchdown on his first very touch of the football in a PSU uniform.
    Brown set the Pitt State record with 124 career receptions on his last reception against Missouri Southern last season. He broke the record established by 1991 Harlon Hill winner Ronnie West. Brown sits on 2,189 career receiving yards and 20 receiving TDs and needs 333 yards and eight TDs to surpass West. West established his records in only two seasons.
    Brown played his freshman season at Mars Hill (N.C), where he totaled 27 receptions for 619 yards and seven TDs. His total career numbers (combining Mars Hill and Pitt State): 151 receptions, 2,808 yards and 27 TDs, as well as 5,765 all-purpose yards.
    CBS Sports rates Brown No. 85 at receiver (only five spots behind Jerry Rice Jr. of UNLV) among 2014 NFL Draft prospects.
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