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Laken Tomlinson
Tomlinson A Nominee for AFCA Good Works Team
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 07/15/2014
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DURHAM, N.C. – Duke redshirt senior offensive guard Laken Tomlinson was named a candidate for the 2014 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®, the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) announced Tuesday.

Tomlinson, entering his fourth season as Duke’s starting right guard, was picked among 182 nominees from across the country who represent their sport’s finest in the areas of volunteerism and leadership among their peers. Tomlinson is double-majoring in evolutionary anthropology and psychology and has been active in several community service projects, including a well-digging mission to Ethiopia, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Durham Rescue Mission and speaking engagements at local schools.

Tomlinson has had an equally significant impact on the field, starting 39 consecutive games for Duke while earning All-ACC first team honors in 2013. He is a preseason All-America selection by Athlon Sports and Phil Steele as well as a watch list selection for the Outland Trophy and Rotary Lombardi Award.

If named to the team, Tomlinson would be the sixth Duke player to earn the prestigious honor, joining Dave Harding (2013), Sean Renfree (2012), Bryan Morgan (2010), Re’quan Boyette (2008) and Zaid Abdul-Aleem (1994).

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.  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.

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, featuring profiles and images of the players, for the opportunity to vote for the 2014 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® Captain.

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.

2014 AFCA Good Works Team Nominees

Football Bowl Subdivision

Arizona State University – Taylor Kelly
Auburn University – Sammie Coates
Ball State University – Jacob Richard
Baylor University – Bryce Petty
Boise State University – Corey Bell
Brigham Young University – Taysom Hill
California State University, Fresno –Karl Mickelsen
Central Michigan University – Deon Butler
Clemson University – Adam Humphries
Colorado State University – Bernard Blake
Duke University – Laken Tomlinson
Georgia Institute of Technology – Isaiah Johnson
Georgia Southern University – Edwin Jackson
Georgia State University – Sean Jeppesen
Indiana University – Mark Murphy
Iowa State University – Cory Morrissey
Kansas State University – Ryan Mueller
Kent State University – Nate Vance
Louisiana State University – Jamie Keehn
Marshall University – Chris Jasperse
Michigan State University – Keith Mumphery
Middle Tennessee State University – Reggie Whatley
Mississippi State University – Dak Prescott
North Carolina State University – Wil Baumann
Northwestern University – Max Chapman
Ohio State University – Michael Bennett
Ohio University – Josh Kristoff
Oklahoma State University – J.W. Walsh
Old Dominion University – Josh Mann
Oregon State University – Obum Gwacham
Purdue University – Robert Kugler
Rice University – Malcolm Hill
Rutgers University – David Milewski
San Jose State University – Jabari Carr
Syracuse University – Sam Rodgers
Temple University – Kenneth Harper
Texas A&M University – Josh Lambo
Texas Christian University – Sam Carter
Texas Tech University – Bradley Marquez
Tulane University – Matt Marfisi
U.S. Air Force Academy – Broam Hart
University at Buffalo – Joe Licata
University of California Los Angeles – Brett Hundley
University of Akron – Kyle Pohl
University of Alabama – Landon Collins
University of Arizona – Jared Tevis
University of California – Jeffrey Coprich
University of Central Florida – Joey Grant
University of Cincinnati – Brandon Mitchell
University of Colorado – Juda Parker
University of Connecticut – Casey Cochran
University of Florida – Mark Herndon
University of Georgia – Chris Conley
University of Houston – Trevon Stewart
University of Illinois – Mason Monheim
University of Iowa – Mark Weisman
University of Kansas – JaCorey Shepherd
University of Kentucky – Max Godby
University of Louisville – Jermaine Reve
University of Maryland – Sal Conaboy
University of Memphis – Martin Ifedi
University of Miami – Dallas Crawford
University of Michigan – Brennen Beyer
University of Minnesota – Peter Mortell
University of Mississippi – Deterrian Shackelford
University of Nebraska – Ameer Abdullah
University of North Carolina – Landon Turner
University of Notre Dame – Joe Schmidt
University of Oregon – Marcus Mariota
University of Pittsburgh – David Durham
University of South Carolina – Dylan Thompson
University of South Florida – Thor Jozwiak
University of Southern California – Hayes Pullard
University of Southern Mississippi – Corey Acosta
University of Tennessee – Curt Maggitt
University of Texas – Nate Boyer
University of Texas at El Paso – Nathan Jeffery
University of Toledo – Greg Mancz
University of Tulsa – Michael Mudoh
University of Virginia –Henry Coley
University of Washington – Hau’oli Kikaha
University of Wisconsin – Derek Watt
University of Wyoming – Dominic Rufran
Utah State University – Chuckie Keeton
Vanderbilt University – Andrew East
Virginia Tech – Kyshoen Jarrett
Wake Forest University – Jordan Garside
Washington State University – Jeremiah Allison
West Virginia University – Michael Molinari
Western Michigan University – Zach Terrell

Combined Divisions (FCS, II, III & NAIA)
Alma College – Blake Padget
Amherst College – Chris Tamasi
Angelo State University – Kyle Washington
Bentley University – Danny Guadagnoli
Bethel University – Joshua Perkins
Bucknell University – Josh Brake
Carson-Newman College – William Alderman
Central Methodist University – Kaleb Borghardt
Chadron State College – Sam Parker
Charleston Southern University – Christian Reyes
Clarion University of Pennsylvania – Matthew Shuey
College of the Holy Cross – Tyler Zeoli
Concordia College – Domenic Fraboni
Cumberland University – Reed Gurchiek
Dakota State University – Bobby Tisch
Davidson College – Dan Casey
Drake University – John Hugunin
East Stroudsburg University – Bryan Thomson
East Texas Baptist University – Jake McClain
Eastern Kentucky University – Jared McClain
Eastern New Mexico University – Jeremy Buurma
Elon University – Alexander Dawson
Ferris State University – Jason Vander Laan
Florida Institute of Technology – Manny Abad
Fordham University – Ian Williams
Franklin & Marshall College – Nick Porcelli
Hampton University – Twarn Mixson
Heidelberg College – Austin Hunter
Howard University – Greg McGhee
Illinois State University – Mike Banks
Indiana State University – Mark Sewall
Jacksonville State University – Dalton Screws
John Carroll University – Jack Corrigan
Johns Hopkins University – Michael Longo
Johnson C. Smith University – LeAnder Barney
Juniata College – Ward Udinski
Kansas Wesleyan University – Taylor Sachs
Lake Forest College – Joey Kropp
Lamar University – Logan Moss
Liberty University – Jonathan Burgess
Loras College – Tucker Brady
MacMurray College – Zach Mudd
Marian University – Tevin Lake
Marist College – James Holodnak
Mercer University – John Russ
Millersville University – Trenton Petrovich
Missouri Southern State University – Ryon Phillips
Missouri State University – Caleb Schaffitzel
Nebraska Wesleyan University – Connor Zumpfe
North Central College – Peter Sorenson
Northern Arizona University – Austin Hasquet
Northwestern College – Ben Green
Notre Dame College – Ray Russ
Ouachita Baptist University – Spencer Knight
Ohio Dominican University – Mark Miller
Ohio Wesleyan University – Kevin Herman
Pacific Lutheran University – Greg Hibbard
Princeton University – Mike Ramos
Rowan University – Chris Alvarez
Saint Augustine’s University – Dominque Marsh
Saint Francis University – Matt Camilletti
Saint John’s University – Alex Jarosz
Shippensburg University – Timothy Latham
South Dakota State University – Zach Zenner
Stonehill College – Brian Harrington
SUNY Maritime – Greg Caneparo
Tarleton State University – Patrick Bettiol
Texas Lutheran University – Bryan Doolittle
Trinity University – Matthew Kennemer
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga – Jacob Huesman
University of Arkansas at Monticello – Jalen Garmon
University of Chicago – Vincent Beltrano
University of Dubuque – Tyler Dobratz
University of Minnesota Duluth – Jacob Brusehaver
University of Montana – Derek Crittenden
University of Mount Union – Kevin Burke
University of New Hampshire – Tim Johnson
University of North Carolina at Charlotte – Matt Johnson
University of Northern Iowa – David Johnson
University of Puget Sound – Max Mirande
University of Richmond – Austin Gund
University of Sioux Falls – Michael Tolkamp
University of South Dakota – Keyen Lage
University of St. Thomas – Matt O’Connell
University of the Incarnate Word – Padyn Giebler
Wagner College – Phil Faccone
Wartburg College – Drew Kooi
Wayne State University – Thom Box
Waynesburg University – John Sikora
Wingate University – Eric Mapoles
Winona State University – Ryan Gerts
Yale University – William Chism

About Allstate

The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) is the nation’s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life’s uncertainties through its Allstate, Encompass, Esurance and Answer Financial brand names and Allstate Financial business segment. Allstate is widely known through the slogan “You’re In Good Hands With Allstate®.” The Allstate brand’s network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $29 million to support local communities. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.

About the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®
The Allstate AFCA Good Works Teams® were 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.

With C.J. Zimmerer’s selection in 2013, Nebraska moves into a tie with Georgia for first place with 14 honorees to the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team. ® The Cornhuskers and Bulldogs are followed by St. Thomas (Minn.) with 13 honorees.  The SEC leads all conferences with 58 selections to the Good Works Team since it began in 1992. The SEC is followed by the Big 12 Conference with 41 selections and the Atlantic Coast Conference with 31 selections. Super Bowl XLII, XLVI and XLI champion quarterbacks Eli and Peyton Manning were members of the 2002 and 1997 Good Works Teams®, respectively.

About AFCA
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.”