July 15, 2014
NORTHBROOK, Ill. - Senior defensive back Malcolm Hill was announced as one of 90 nominees from the NCAA Division I FBS Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, which recognizes players whose charitable involvement and community service contributions stand out among all other student-athletes participating in the sport.
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. On Tuesday, Allstate Insurance Company and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) announced a record-breaking 182 total nominees from across the country who represent the sport's finest in the areas of volunteerism and leadership among their peers.
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.
Hill led the Owls with five tackles in the C-USA West-clinching win over Tulane, and pulled down a career-best three picks this year, tying for second on the team. Off the field, the Plano native organized a web site to collect donations for Joyce Rannals, an administrative assistant in the football office who is battling breast cancer (http://www.gofundme.com/teamjoyce). Through the season, the initiative raised a total of $11,630.00.
In three seasons for the Blue and Gray, Hill has notched 101 tackles in 39 games with five interceptions and two forced fumbles.
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.
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.
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