Chappell named to AFCA Good Works Team

From Indiana sports info. This is the same team Jammie Kirlew was named to last year, which means Chappell will be honored at halftime of the Sugar Bowl as well.


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Fifth-year senior quarterback Ben Chappell has been named a member of the 2010 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, honoring dedicated and hard-working student-athletes for their off-the-field achievements and selfless contributions to their communities. Allstate Insurance Company and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) announced Tuesday the 22 student-athletes nationally chosen for the prestigious honor.

Chappell, who earned Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week honors on Monday, is the second Hoosier in as many years to receive the recognition, as Jammie Kirlew was selected to the Good Works Team in 2009. He is one of four Big Ten student-athletes named to the team, as the conference took more spots on the 11-man FBS list than any other league.

“This is an outstanding and well-deserved honor for Ben,” Indiana Head Coach Bill Lynch said. “He is a special young man and his contributions to our program and Indiana University are immeasurable. We are extremely proud as a program to have had Ben and Jammie on this team in back-to-back seasons.”

In his second year as a team captain, Chappell is one of the most active Hoosiers in the community. As a member of the team’s Leadership Council, he was instrumental in organizing the program’s two community initiatives – visiting Riley’s Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis and welcoming the Bloomington Boys & Girls Club to Memorial Stadium each season. He has also volunteered each of the last three years at the Coach Hep Cancer Challenge in Bloomington.

Chappell has also been a standout in the classroom, as he earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting in June and is currently working toward an MBA in business systems and accounting. He is a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection and will likely earn his fourth straight honor this season. Chappell garnered a spot on the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District V team as a junior.

The Bloomington South High School graduate is also a nominee for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award, presented each year to a senior that has notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition.

On the field, Chappell is a nominee for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award Watch List. He earned his Big Ten honor by passing for a career-high 366 yards and three touchdowns at Western Kentucky. Chappell moved into sixth on IU’s all-time passing yardage list with 4,504 yards and into sixth in career attempts (648). He threw for three scores, his third game with three TDs in his career and his first of 2010. It was his sixth straight multi-touchdown game.

In leading the Hoosiers to their seventh straight 2-0 start, Chappell is 48-of-65 (73.8 percent) for 548 yards with five touchdowns, one rushing score, no interceptions and a 170.0 passing efficiency rating this season.

A total of 112 players across all collegiate levels of the sport were nominated for the award by sports information directors on behalf of their teams, the most ever in the 19-year history of the program. From the nominations, a special selection committee named 22 college football players from across the country to the 2010 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®. Of the two 11-member teams, one includes players competing in the NCAA® Football Bowl Subdivision (I-A) and the other is a combined team representing the NCAA® Football Championship Subdivision (I-AA), Divisions II, III, and the NAIA.

“Allstate’s partnership with the AFCA to present this award is not about X’s and O’s,” said Guy Hill, vice president of sales and service for Allstate, who also served on the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® voting panel. “By shining a spotlight on college football student-athletes who demonstrate a unique commitment to serving their communities, we are protecting the integrity of the sport and showcasing its positive impact that extends well beyond the field of play.”

While on-field heroics may capture the attention of college football fans and media, it is the commitment to service and volunteerism demonstrated by these 22 players that truly represents what is good about the game. These student-athletes have dedicated themselves to improving the lives of others, from serving on medical mission trips to Africa, to befriending elderly community members, to supporting cancer research initiatives. In doing so, they are serving to protect the image of a sport beloved by thousands of fans across the country.

“Reading about all the community service activities and off the field accomplishments of the 22 members of this year’s Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® is humbling,” said Grant Teaff, AFCA Executive Director. “Even at a young age, they get what is really important in life, and they represent thousands of college football players across the nation that are doing the same things on campus and in their hometowns. We’re proud to join Allstate in recognizing these outstanding student-athletes.”

For the first time in the program’s history, fans will be able to vote for a Team Captain by visiting and searching “Good Works.” The Team Captain will be recognized by ESPN personality and Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® national ambassador Lou Holtz during The Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards on Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN. The site also features profiles of the award recipients and their selfless acts of kindness.

Allstate assembled a high-profile voting panel made up of previous Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® members, including former University of Georgia lineman Matt Stinchcomb and former Tulane University running back Mewelde Moore, as well as prominent college football media personalities, including ESPN analyst Lou Holtz, writer Pat Forde and USA Today college sports editor Tom O’Toole. Also part of the selection committee are current AFCA president and University of Mount Union head coach Larry Kehres, 1996 AFCA president and former head coach at the United States Air Force Academy Fisher DeBerry, and Allstate vice president Guy Hill.