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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.
    2013 ALLSTATE AFCA GOOD WORKS TEAM® NOMINEES
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    Vinnie Sunseri, Alabama
    B.J. Denker, Arizona
    Page 2 of 3 - Taylor Kelly, Arizona State
    Nosa Eguae, Auburn
    Keith Wenning, Ball State
    Bryce Petty, Baylor
    Kirby Moore, Boise State
    Ronnie Goble, Bowling Green
    Kyle Van Noy, Brigham Young
    Fred Lee, Buffalo
    Nick Forbes, California
    Blake Bortles, Central Florida
    Jake Olson, Central Michigan
    Jordan Luallen, Cincinnati
    Chandler Catanzaro, Clemson
    Dave Harding, Duke
    Trent Tignor, East Carolina
    Jeremy Brown, Florida
    Derek Carr, Fresno State
    Chris Burnette, Georgia
    Michael Davis, Georgia State
    Zach McMillian, Houston
    Nathan Scheelhaase, Illinois
    Greg Heban, Indiana
    James Morris, Iowa
    Kirby Van Der Kamp, Iowa State
    Tyler Lockett, Kansas State
    Darius Polk, Kent State
    Avery Williamson, Kentucky
    Zach Mettenberger, LSU
    Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville
    C.J. Brown, Maryland
    Jacob Karam, Memphis
    Stephen Morris, Miami (Fla.)
    Fou Fonoti, Michigan State
    Logan Kilgore, Middle Tennessee
    Chris Hawthorne, Minnesota
    D.T. Shackelford, Mississippi
    Kaleb Eulls, Mississippi State
    James Franklin, Missouri
    C.J. Zimmerer, Nebraska
    Kasey Carrier, New Mexico
    Asa Watson, North Carolina State
    Jeff Budzien, Northwestern
    Jack Mewhort, Ohio State
    Gabe Ikard, Oklahoma
    Steven Christian, Oregon State
    John Urschel, Penn State
    Mark Giubilato, Pittsburgh
    Brandon Coleman, Rutgers
    Ross Metheny, South Alabama
    Damiere Byrd, South Carolina
    Devon Kennard, USC
    J. Sam Rodgers, Syracuse
    Wyatt Benson, Temple
    Jacques Smith, Tennessee
    Jackson Jeffcoat, Texas
    Jake Matthews, Texas A&M
    Eric Soza, Texas-San Antonio
    Greg Mancz, Toledo
    Zach Morgan, Tulane
    Chuckie Keeton, Utah State
    Carey Spear, Vanderbilt
    Luke Bowanko, Virginia
    Will Clarke, West Virginia
    Kirk Nakama, Western Michigan
    Jared Abbrederis, Wisconsin
    COMBINED DIVISIONS (FCS, II, III, NAIA)
    Preston Bailey, Alderson-Broaddus
    Jamal Londry-Jackson, Appalachian State
    Tyler Simmons, Aurora
    Danny Guadagnoli, Bentley
    J.D. Mehlhorn, Bethel (Minn.)
    Maduka Nwanekezi, Bryant
    Josh Brake, Bucknell
    Matt Lancaster, Butler
    Sullivan Grosz, Cal Poly Tech
    Michael Rudisill, Campbell
    Curt Duncan, Carson-Newman
    Gary Acquah, College of the Holy Cross
    Jeff Mathews, Cornell
    Ronnie Jorgensen, Dakota State
    Weston Hawkins, Davidson
    Ryan Cobb, Delaware
    Tyson Carter, Dubuque
    Ichiro Vance, Eastern Kentucky
    Cody Harris, Edinboro
    Miles Williams, Elon
    Page 3 of 3 - Kyle Boden, Emory & Henry
    Nick Porcelli, Franklin & Marshall
    Trevor McBurnett, Georgia Southern
    Kevin Rodgers, Henderson State
    Steven Embry, Hillsdale
    Colton Underwood, Illinois State
    F.N. Lutz, Indiana State
    Vincenzo Bonaddio, Johns Hopkins
    William David Brackett, Kenyon
    Brad Bormann, Lafayette
    Jordan Pontius, Loras
    Max Jacques, Marist
    Colin Kimball, Mercyhurst
    Sam Brockshus, Minnesota State-Mankato
    Caleb Schaffitzel, Missouri State
    Jordan Tripp, Montana
    DeNarius McGhee, Montana State
    Tyrell Okoro, Morgan State
    Jordan Sitzmann, Morningside
    Kevin Burke, Mount Union
    Joe Carlucci, Muhlenberg
    Sam Small, Murray State
    Jordan Reid, North Carolina Central
    Esley Thorton, North Dakota State
    Zach Cutkomp, Northern Iowa
    Josh Sinagoga, Northwood
    Rayce Risser, Ohio Wesleyan
    Taylor Heinicke, Old Dominion
    John Brown, Pittsburg State
    Joe Cozzolino, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
    Lamont Wims, Robert Morris (Ill.)
    Joey Dynako, Saint Francis (Ind.)
    Colin Moynihan, Saint John's (Minn.)
    Willie Schneider, St. Thomas (Minn.)
    Jeremy Towns, Samford
    Thomas Cobbs, San Diego
    Meiko McDaniel, Siena Heights
    Carrington Hanna, Sioux Falls
    Winston Wright, South Dakota State
    Austin Pucylowski, Southern Illinois
    Phillip Klaphake, St. Cloud State
    Garrick Smitherman, Stephen F. Austin
    Marcus Coker, Stony Brook
    James Monroe, Tabor
    Kade Cole, Tarleton State
    Taino Fears-Perez, Tennessee-Martin
    Devin Wilson, Tennessee State
    Bradley Snowden, Texas Lutheran
    Jake Fishburn, Thomas More
    Arnold Farmer, Towson
    Weslyn Wagner, Trinity (Texas)
    Bo Cordell, Tusculum
    Mitchell Mascaro, University of the Cumberlands
    Andrew Skalman, Washington
    Chet Privett, Wayne State (Mich.)
    Thomas Paulone, Waynesburg
    Rich Bruno, West Chester
    Dustin Vaughan, West Texas A&M
    David Wright, Westminster
    Tyler Bernsten, Wilkes
    Ryan Gerts, Winona State
    Reed Florence, Wittenberg
    Beau Palin, Yale
    Kurt Hess, Youngstown State
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