Little Candidate For Good Works Team

Sebastian Little. (photo by Jack Warhola)
Sebastian Little. (photo by Jack Warhola)

Yale End Makes Impact On, Off Field

NORTHBROOK, ILSebastian Little has been named Yale's candidate for the 2015 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team. The standout senior tight end from Cheshire, Conn., has distinguished himself in community outreach projects while representing the Bulldogs and his school.

 

Allstate Insurance Company and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) just announced an all-time high 197 nominees for the 2015 team. For 24 years, the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team has recognized college football players from across the country who exemplify a superior commitment to community service and volunteerism.

 

Little, the co-founder of "Next Future Leaders" (a.k.a. NFL Yale), mentors seventh and eighth graders at New Haven's Amistad Middle School. He is also the student activities coordinator for "Earn While You Learn," a program that teaches respect, responsibility and safety to kids at Waterbury's Bucks Hill Elementary School. All of these programs involve the Yale Football Team.

 

The 6-foot-1, 227-pound end, who has 31 catches over a collegiate career that has been hampered by injuries, is also on the Mandi Schwartz Marrow Drive Committee and helps organize the highly successful annual campus event. Little has also worked with the National Youth Sports Program as a counselor, but none of his outreach endeavors brought the attention he received prior to the 2014 Yale-Harvard game.

 

Little represented the Yale team during live ESPN Sports Center drop-ins on campus last November, earning rave reviews by taking the microphone and talking to teammates or describing the scene and his typical day at the university.

 

Since its inception in 1992, the Good Works Team award highlights the "good" taking place off the football field. The select group of student-athletes nominated for this award by their respective colleges and universities are able to balance academics and athletics while remaining committed to helping others and bettering their communities. 

 

"For the third year in a row, we have received a record-breaking number of Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® nominees, an indication that the bar continues to be raised for the character on display in college football," said Jim Haskins, Executive Vice President, Allstate Brand Distribution and a member of the 2015 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® voting panel. "Allstate is proud to join the AFCA in recognizing this amazing group of student-athletes for the positive impact they are making on their communities."

 

While remarkable on the field performances are praised each weekend, these individuals' off the field accomplishments far exceed touchdowns and tackles. From traveling overseas to support third-world countries to raising thousands of dollars for kidney cancer research, these remarkable student-athletes have utilized their minimal free time in an impactful way, earning them national recognition.

 

"It's very rewarding to see another record-setting year of nominees for the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®," AFCA Executive Director Grant Teaff said. "With Allstate's help, this has become one of the most prestigious awards in college football, and one of the most important because it highlights some of the best student-athletes in the country who not only excel on the football field, but in their community service as well."

 

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 2015 Good Works Team.® 

 

The 2015 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 Kirk Herbstreit (ESPN), Bruce Feldman (Fox Sports),  Blair Kerkhoff (Kansas City Star); current AFCA President and University of Cincinnati head coach Tommy Tuberville; 1987 AFCA President and former head coach at Brigham Young University LaVell Edwards; and Jim Haskins, Executive Vice President, Allstate Brand Distribution.

 

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 2015 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 with a charitable organization or service group while maintaining a strong academic standing.

 

The following players have been nominated for consideration to be named to the 2015 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team ®.

 

Combined Divisions (FCS, II, III & NAIA)

 

Alma College – Brent Luplow

Angelo State University – Kyle Washington

Aurora University – Billy Baker

Azusa Pacific University – Andrew Elffers

Berry College – Matt Farinella

Bethany College (Kan.) – Brett Crome

Bethel University (Minn.) – Matt Mehlhorn

Butler University – Matt Shiltz

Carson-Newman University – De'Andre Thomas

Catawba College – Mike Sheehan

Central College – Jacob Wassenaar

Colorado School of Mines – Stephen Candelaria

Cornell University (N.Y.) – Luke Hagy

Dakota State University – Bobby Tisch

Davidson College – Christopher Woods Jr.

Defiance College – Cody Lee

Denison University – Lucas Romick

Dickinson State University – Meyer Bohn

Drake University – John Hugunin

East Stroudsburg University – Jon Schnaars

Eastern Kentucky University – Avery Pitt

Ferris State University – Jason Vander Laan

Florida A&M University – Akil Blount

Florida Institute of Technology – Manny Abad

Fordham University – George Dawson

Franklin College– Austin Carlton

Frostburg State University – Josh Burch

Gannon University – Liam Nadler

Gardner-Webb University – Chad Geter

Grand Valley State University – Alton Voss

Harding University – De'Onte Garrett

Heidelberg University – Ryan Finck

Hillsdale College – Daniel Drummond

Hope College – Robert Kish

Idaho State University – Cody Sorensen

Illinois State University – Kyle Avaloy

Indiana State University – Mark Sewall

Jackson State University – Teddrick Terrell

Jacksonville State University – Dalton Screws

John Carroll University – David Porter

Lenoir-Rhyne University – Jacob Slagle

Liberty University – Chima Uzowihe

Lindenwood University (Mo.) – Connor Harris

Macalester College – Forest Redlin

Malone University – Jon Zimmerly

Manchester University – Logan Haston

Marist College – Zach Quarles

McDaniel College – Mike Oliveto

Mississippi College – Seth McDonald

Mississippi Valley State University – Sean Brown

Moravian College – Anthony Orlando

Morgan State University – Andrew King

Morningside College – Ethan Stofferan

North Carolina Central University – Tre Smith

North Carolina Wesleyan College – Dustin Midgett

Northern Arizona University – Dejzon Walker

Northern State University – Joseph Parsley

Northwest Missouri State University – Shane Smith

Ohio Dominican University – Paul Wesselhoeft

Ohio Wesleyan University – Tim Shadoan

Peru State College – Logan Paben

Pittsburg State University – Deron Washington

Presentation College – Garret Fraser

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute – Austin Amery

Rhodes College – Jonathan Wiener

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology – Tyler Rockwood

Rowan University – Withler Marcelin

Sacred Heart University – Nick Bartoli

Saint Augustine's University – Roderick Davenport

Saint Francis University (Pa.) – Khairi Dickson

Saint John's University (Minn.) – Ben Brown

Saint Vincent College – Andrew Geisler

Salve Regina University – Mike McNamara

Samford University – Gunnar Bromelow

Shepherd University – Octavius Thomas

South Dakota State University – Cam Jones

Southeast Missouri State University – Paul McRoberts

Southeastern Oklahoma State University – Kaymon Farmer

Southern Arkansas University – John Miller

St. Cloud State University – Jameson Parsons

Stephen F. Austin State University – Aaron Thomas

Stonehill College – Nick Chiocco

Sul Ross State University – Sterling Jones

Texas A&M University-Kingsville – Christian Garcia

Texas Lutheran University – Dominick Stives

The Citadel – Joe Crochet

Towson University – Jon Desir

Trinity International University – Riley Schussler

Trinity University (Texas) – Brad Hood

Tufts University – Corey Burns

University of Central Oklahoma – Seth Hiddink

University of Chicago – Vincent Beltrano

University of Dayton – Patrick Nuzzolese

University of Dubuque – Blaine Snitker

University of Maine – Trevor Bates

University of Mary – Zach Roberson

University of North Alabama – Lee Mayhall

University of North Dakota – Dayo Idowu

University of Northern Iowa – Isaac Ales

University of Northwestern (Minn.) – Nathan Van Zee

University of Puget Sound – Misha Gordon

University of Rochester – Matthew Pisano

University of San Diego – Devyn Bryant

University of Sioux Falls – John Tidwell

University of St. Thomas – David Simmet

University of Tennessee at Martin – Taino Fears-Perez

University of the Cumberlands – Randy Maynard

University of the Incarnate Word – Padyn Giebler

University of Wisconsin-Platteville – Alex Johnson

University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point – Taylor Lucas

Wartburg College – Robbie Anstoetter

Washburn University – Michael Miller

Washington University in St. Louis – Jonathan Way

Wayne State University (Mich.) – Carl Roscoe

Western Illinois University – Jordan Veloz

Westminster College – Justin Dahl

William Penn University – Kramer Patterson

Wingate University – Mathu Gibson

Worcester Polytechnic Institute – Jake Brown

Yale University – Sebastian Little

 

Football Bowl Subdivision

 

Arizona State University – James Johnson

Arkansas State University – Fredi Knighten

Auburn University – Jonathan Wallace

Ball State University – Jacob Richard

Boise State University – Shane Williams-Rhodes

Brigham Young University – Bronson Kaufusi

California State University, Fresno – Justin Northern

Central Michigan University – Nick Beamish

Clemson University – Eric Mac Lain

Colorado State University – Trent Matthews

Duke University – Kelby Brown

Georgia Institute of Technology – D.J. White

Georgia Southern University – Matt Dobson

Georgia State University – Keith Rucker

Indiana University – Nate Sudfeld

Iowa State University – Levi Peters

Kansas State University – Stanton Weber

Kent State University – Jordan Italiano

Louisiana State University – Jamie Keehn

Marshall University – Tyler Williams

Michigan State University – Josiah Price

Middle Tennessee State University – Darius Johnson

Mississippi State University – Taveze Calhoun

North Carolina State University – Mike Rose

Northern Illinois University – Cameron Clinton-Earl

Northwestern University – Max Chapman

Ohio State University – Joshua Perry

Old Dominion University – Tyler Compton

Penn State University – Ben Kline

Rice University – Driphus Jackson

Rutgers University – Quentin Gause

Southern Methodist University – Cameron Smith

Stanford University – Dallas Lloyd

Syracuse University – Hernz Laguerre

Temple University – Hershey Walton

Texas A&M University – Julien Obioha

Texas Christian University – Joey Hunt

Texas Tech University – Justis Nelson

Tulane University – Richard Carthon

U.S. Naval Academy (Navy) – Myer Krah

University of Akron – Christian Allen

University of Alabama – O.J. Howard

University of Arizona – Casey Skowron

University of California – Stefan McClure

University of California Los Angeles – Jake Brendel

University of Connecticut – Andreas Knappe

University of Georgia – Malcolm Mitchell

University of Houston – Adrian McDonald

University of Iowa – Jordan Lomax

University of Kentucky – Landon Foster

University of Louisville – James Burgess

University of Maryland – Andrew Zeller

University of Massachusetts – Blake Frohnapfel

University of Memphis – Wynton McManis

University of Miami – Deon Bush

University of Michigan – Joe Bolden

University of Minnesota – Peter Mortell

University of Mississippi – Evan Engram

University of Nebraska – Sam Burtch

University of New Mexico – Garrett Adcock

University of North Carolina – Shakeel Rashad

University of Notre Dame – Corey Robinson

University of Oklahoma – Nila Kasitati

University of Pittsburgh – James Conner

University of South Alabama – Terrance Timmons

University of South Carolina – Elliott Fry

University of South Florida – Sean Price

University of Southern California – Cody Kessler

University of Tennessee – Joshua Dobbs

University of Texas at El Paso – Aaron Jones

University of Toledo – Alex Zmolik

University of Utah – Kenneth Scott

University of Virginia – Demetrious Nicholson

University of Wisconsin – Vince Biegel

Wake Forest University – Ryan Janvion

Washington State University – Jeremiah Allison

West Virginia University – Karl Joseph