Fordham's Ian Williams is one of three Patriot Leaguers nominated for the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team.
July 16, 2014
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Three Patriot League seniors were honored for their work off the field as nominees for the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team on Tuesday.
Bucknell's Josh Brake, Fordham's Ian Williams and Holy Cross' Tyler Zeoli were all on the list of 182 nominees from all levels of college football. 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 or service group while maintaining a strong academic standing.
Brake recently represented Bucknell in Mexico with the Athletes in Action (AIA) organization. He and his brother, Caleb, a rising sophomore wide receiver at Hendrix College, joined athletes and coaches from all over the country on the organization's eight-day trip to Puebla, Mexico. From there, they visited two universities where they shared their football knowledge, faith, and worked with the local players and coaches. He is a two-time member of the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll who is majoring in psychology and religion at Bucknell, and had 33 receptions for 445 yards and three touchdowns last season.
Williams has received All-Patriot League honors in his last two seasons at Fordham, making the first team in 2013 after a second-team selection the previous year. He is a three-year starter at cornerback who led the Patriot League and was seventh in the FCS in passes defended a year ago. He has been part of a group of Fordham players to spend time with students from the Eagle Academy for Young Men, a New York City Department of Education public all boys school in the Bronx.
Zeoli is the president and founder of Dr. Interns at Holy Cross, recruiting and organizing fellow undergraduates for a two-week summer medical internship trip to Surat, India. He has also volunteered with Team Impact, Working for Worcester and the Laurel House for Battered Women and Children, while taking part in the Spring Break Immersion Program, the Emergency Medicine Research Assistant Program, Holy Cross Cares Day, Benching for Breast Cancer and the Holy Cross Football Bone Marrow Drive. On the field, Zeoli started all 12 games for the Crusaders at inside linebacker during the 2013 season, ranking third on the team with 67 total tackles, while leading the team with three forced fumbles and tying for the team-lead with two interceptions. He is also a three-time selection to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll for his work in the classroom.
For 23 years the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® has served as one of the most coveted and prestigious off-the-field honors in college football. The award recognizes players whose charitable involvement and community service contributions stand out among all other student-athletes participating in the sport.
Since its establishment in 1992, the award has existed to pay tribute to the "good" in college football that extends beyond the wins and the losses. While balancing academics and athletics, this select group of student-athletes nominated by their respective colleges and universities has committed their limited free time to having a lasting impact on their communities.
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, the final roster of 22 award recipients will be unveiled in September. From the nominees submitted by sports information directors across the nation on behalf of their schools, a special voting panel consisting of former Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® members and prominent college football media members will select the 2014 Good Works Team.®
The 2014 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® voting panel 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); media members Lou Holtz (ESPN), Kirk Herbstreit (ESPN), Bruce Feldman (Fox Sports), Blair Kerkhoff (Kansas City Star); current AFCA President and Ithaca College head coach Mike Welch; 1987 AFCA President and former head coach at Brigham Young University LaVell Edwards; and Jim Haskins, president of Allstate's West Territory.
Once the final team members are announced in September, fans are encouraged to visit the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® website on ESPN.com, featuring profiles and images of the players, for the opportunity to vote for the 2014 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® Captain.
Read the full list of Allstate AFCA Good Works Team Nominees