DURHAM, N.C. – Duke redshirt senior wide receiver Johnathan Lloyd has been named to the 2018 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®, the Allstate Insurance Company and American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) announced on Thursday. The Good Works Team® award honors dedication to volunteerism and enriching the lives of others.
Lloyd, a 6-0, 190-pound Graham, N.C., native is coming off a career-best performance on the field, catching five passes for a personal-best 94 yards last Saturday at Northwestern. Lloyd hauled in a 52-yard touchdown against the Wildcats to help Duke to a 21-7 victory and improve to 2-0 on the season.
So far this year, Lloyd is averaging a team-best 63.00 yards receiving per game, the 11th-best mark in the ACC. He is also averaging 18.00 yards per reception, the 10th best for any ACC pass catcher. His production has helped Duke to a 2-0 start for the fifth time in six seasons.
A year ago, Lloyd started all 13 games, catching 39 passes for 367 yards (9.41 yards/reception) and one touchdown. He had 10 games with two or more receptions including a season-high nine catches against Miami. Lloyd also had five grabs against Georgia Tech and four versus both North Carolina and Army West Point last fall.
“It goes without saying how excited we are to recognize this diverse group of student-athletes and honorary head coach for their unwavering commitment to serving others and making a difference in their communities,” president of the Eastern Territory at Allstate Insurance Company Dave Prendergast said. “Our goal for this program is to shed light on the often unnoticed and unrewarded acts of kindness off the field. Whether it’s serving as a mentor for local youth or donating time and energy to raising awareness of social issues, these young men are setting an outstanding example in the football community and beyond.”
In the classroom, Lloyd graduated from Duke in May, 2016 with a degree in African/African American Studies. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in liberal studies and owns a current graduate school grade-point average of 3.550.
Off campus, Lloyd spent the summer of 2017 volunteering with the communications department at the Ronald McDonald House of Durham, primarily writing press releases and updating social media. He also aided in the organization of peer fundraising efforts for events that would take place in the fall of 2017. His other main community service location is Lakewood Elementary, where he has made frequent visits to tutor second graders.
Lloyd is the 10th Duke player to earn the prestigious honor and seventh in the last eight years, joining Gabe Brandner (2017), DeVon Edwards (2016), Kelby Brown (2015), Laken Tomlinson (2014), Dave Harding (2013), Sean Renfree (2012), Bryan Morgan (2010), Re’quan Boyette (2008) and Zaid Abdul-Aleem (1994).
About the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®
The Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® was established in 1992 by the College Football Association, recognizing the extra efforts made by college football players and student support staff off the field. AFCA became the governing body of the award in 1997 and continues to honor college football players who go the extra mile for those in need. Allstate worked to present the award starting with the 2008 season.
The SEC leads all conferences with 72 selections to the Good Works Team® since it began in 1992. The SEC is followed by the Atlantic Coast Conference with 40 selections and the Big 12 Conference with 33 selections. Georgia is in first place with 19 honorees to the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®. The Bulldogs are followed by Nebraska with 15 honorees. Super Bowl XLII, XLVI and XLI champion quarterbacks Eli and Peyton Manning were members of the 2002 and 1997 Good Works Teams®, respectively.
The AFCA was founded in 1922 and currently has more than 11,000 members around the world ranging from the high school level to the professional ranks. According to its constitution, the AFCA was formed, in part, to “maintain the highest possible standards in football and in the coaching profession” and to “provide a forum for the discussion and study of all matters pertaining to football.”
2018 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®
Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS)
Clemson University - Sean Pollard
Duke University - Johnathan Lloyd
Kansas State University - Dalton Risner
Syracuse University - Kielan Whitner
University of California, Berkeley - Patrick Laird
University of Georgia - Rodrigo Blankenship
University of Nebraska - Freedom Akinmoladun
University of Notre Dame - Nic Weishar
University of Oklahoma - Caleb Kelly
University of Texas - Chase Moore
University of Wisconsin - D’Cota Dixon
Combined Divisions (FCS, II, III & NAIA)
Bemidji State University - Jared Henning
Bethel University (Minn.) - Kyle Kilgore
Butler University - Drew Bevelhimer
DePauw University - Hunter Sego
Drake University - Nathan Clayberg
Macalester College - Ethan Levin
Morningside College - Trent Solsma
North Carolina Central University - Nick Leverett
North Dakota State University - Easton Stick
Saint John’s University (Minn.) - Jackson Erdmann
Southwest Minnesota State University - Jon Dicke
Honorary Head Coach
Washington University in St. Louis - Larry Kindbom