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NORTHBROOK, Ill. – Allstate Insurance Company and the American Football Coaches Association announced BYU senior linebacker Fred Warner as a 2017 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team nominee.
Since 1992, the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® has brought together a select group of college football players from across the country to honor their dedication to volunteerism and enriching the lives of others. While players are often recognized for their accomplishments and achievements on game day, these student-athletes have made significant contributions to the greater good of society, inspiring future generations of young athletes and the larger college football community.
One of 146 nominees, Warner was recognized for various community service with the team, including participating in BYU’s True Blue Hero program and visiting the Utah State Prison. Additionally, Warner traveled to the neighborhood of Harlem in New York City with the More to Life Foundation, led by BYU head coach Kalani Sitake, where he spoke to schools and put on a football clinic with the Harlem Jets.
On the field, Warner has played in 36 career games with 25 starts at outside linebacker. In 2016, he led BYU in total tackles with 86 and has six career interceptions, including a pick-six against Boise State. Warner recovered four fumbles in 2015 and forced two fumbles in 2016.
Select the following link to view the entire list of 2017 nominees.
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 2017 Good Works Team®. Two-time national champion, Heisman Trophy winner and 2009 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® member Tim Tebow will headline the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® voting panel.
Former BYU quarterback Riley Nelson was a member of the 2010 Allstate AFCA Good WorksTeam, while former Cougars Michael Alisa, Bronson Kaufusi, Taysom Hill and Jan Jorgensen have also been nominated.
Once the final team members are announced in September, college football 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 2017 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® Captain. Throughout the season, fans can also follow along and join in on the conversation by searching and using #GoodWorksTeam on their social media channels.
In order to meet the criteria set forth by Allstate and the AFCA, each player must be actively involved with a charitable organization or service group while maintaining a strong academic standing.