Sep 23, 2010, 10:55 AM EDT
University of Delaware senior defensive tackle Siddiq Haynes has been named one of 22 finalists for the 2010 Allstate American Football Coaches Association Good Works Team.
|Delaware’s Siddiq Haynes (credit: Mark Campbell)|
One of the most prestigious off-the-field honors in collegiate football, the award annually recognized college football student-athletes who demonstrate a unique commitment to serving their communities, protecting the integrity of the sport and showcasing its positive impact that extends well beyond the field of play.
A record 112 players from across the nation in all divisions of college football were nominated and from that list 22 student-athletes, including Haynes, were selected. Of the two 11-member teams, one includes players competing in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision and the other is a combined team representing the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision, Divisions II, III, and the NAIA. The program is now in its 19th season.
For the first time in the program’s history, fans will be able to vote for a Team Captain by visiting ESPN.com 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.
Athlete photoHaynes, a senior English major from Durham, N.C. (Jordan High School), has devoted well over 200 hours to community service projects involving the University of Delaware football team during his career. Among the services he has been involved in have been with the Boys and Girls Clubs, Special Olympics, ABC TV Extreme Home Makeover, Bone Marrow drive, A.I. duPont Children’s Hospital, Lung Cancer Walk, March of Dimes Walk, and New Castle County Youth Football. He also created a Facebook group “Fight Against Lung Cancer” that has close to 19,000 members.
“When others guys see that you put in that extra effort beyond the field, they want to be a part of it as well,” said Haynes of his selfless attitude. “It’s something we don’t have to do as part of our scholarship, but we want to help out because it’s good to give back to the community.”
A three-year letterwinner, Haynes has started all three games this season and posted eight tackles for the No. 7 ranked Blue Hens (3-0), who head to No. 5 Richmond for their Colonial Athletic Association opener Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on The Comcast Network.
“The things he does in that locker room, in the classroom, in the community, on the playing field … it’s such a great story,” said Delaware head coach K.C. Keeler. “It’s a great story because he came here and had to work for everything he got. He has and it’s been great for us.”
Haynes was one of only four student-athletes from the FCS classification selected among the 22 finalists and was the only player from the Colonial Athletic Association recognized.
The list of 22 finalists includes Haynes, Riley Nelson (Brigham Young), Bryan Morgan (Duke), Christian Ponder (Florida State), Ben Chappell (Indiana), Kirk Cousins (Michigan State), Adam Kiel (Northern Illinois), Corbin Bryant (Northwestern), Quinton Carter (Oklahoma), Stefen Wisniewski (Penn State), Amara Kamara (Temple), Sam Acho (Texas), Diego Oquendo (Augustana), Matt Fraley (Central Methodist), Jordan Lancaster (Charleston Southern), Madison McCalmon (Cumberlands), John Behm (Davidson), Dan Prindle (Dayton), Billy Clark (Lindenwood), Brandon Johnson (Tarleton State), Delra Glover (Texas A&M-Kingsville), and Patrick Mengelkoch (Wisconsin-Stout).
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.”
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, ESPN.com 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.
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