NORTHBROOK, Ill. – Northern Arizona redshirt junior running back Corbin Jountti has been named to the 2016 Allstate American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Good Works Team®, announced today by Allstate Insurance Company and the AFCA. Twenty-four college football players and one honorary head coach received one of the most coveted off-the-field honors in college football. The Good Works Team® award is celebrating 25 years of recognizing college football players who dedicate their time to bettering the community and the lives of others. Jountti is NAU's first honoree.
"It's an honor and a blessing to receive this award," said Jountti. "I'm humbled and hopeful that my actions will make the world a better place."
Jountti, a running back from Bakersfield, Calif., has accumulated over 100 hours of community service while attending NAU. He is president of Uplifting Athletes, vice president of NAU's Hip-Hop Club, and is a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and Gold'N Brown Jacks.
Jountti has traveled not only across the United States for his volunteerism efforts, but he has made trips to Australia and New Zealand in 2014, and most recently South Africa in 2015.
"Allstate has taken great pride in working with the AFCA to recognize student-athletes who go above and beyond to make time for community service, whether they're helping out at a local soup kitchen or going abroad on a mission trip," said Thomas Clarkson, president of the west territory for Allstate Insurance Company and a member of the 2016 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® voting panel. "These young men deserve to be commended for all that they do, and their character and commitment to service is an inspiration for all of us."
Jountti has spent time providing a helping hand to Toys for Tots, Prime Time Youth Football, Eagles Pop Warner, Welcome Back Jacks, RA Night, MLK Jr. Day of Service, Spring Game Clinic, Blood Drive, Student-Athlete for a Day, and many more.
This year, in recognition of the 25th anniversary, Allstate and the AFCA added three additional spots to the team, including an honorary head coach, bringing the final roster to 25 members. Amidst the rivalry, competitiveness and excitement of college football, the contributions made off the field by players and coaches can often times be overlooked. The players named to the Good Works Team® represent the sport's finest in terms of character and leadership, in addition to maintaining good academic standing. To help announce the landmark year of the Good Works Team®, Allstate and the AFCA have also teamed up with two-time national champion, Heisman Trophy winner and 2009 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® member Tim Tebow.
Now that the team is announced, fans are encouraged to visit ESPN.com/Allstate to vote for the 2016 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® Captain through November 23, 2016. The Team Captain will be honored at the Home Depot College Football Awards on ESPN. The 2016 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® will be invited to New Orleans to participate in a community project before the 2017 Allstate® Sugar Bowl®, where the team will be recognized at halftime.
The 2016 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® was selected from a group of nominees who were submitted by sports information directors across the country. A voting panel of former Good Works Team® members and prominent college football media members narrowed the impressive list of 165 players and 10 coaches down to the 25 members of the 2016 team.
The following players and head coach have been named to the 2016 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®:
NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (I-A)
Deshaun Watson - Jr. - QB - Clemson University - Gainesville, Ga.
Derek McCartney - Jr. - LB - University of Colorado-Boulder - Westminster, Colo.
DeVon Edwards - RSr. - DB - Duke University - Covington, Ga.
Alec Eberle - RSo. - OL - Florida State University - Mechanicsville, Va.
Jeb Blazevich - Jr. - TE - University of Georgia - Charlotte, N.C.
KeShun Freeman - Jr. - DL - Georgia Institute of Technology - LaGrange, Ga.
Makani Kema-Kaleiwahea - RSr. - DL - University of Hawaii - Honolulu, O'ahu
Mike Caprara - RSr. - LB - University of Pittsburgh - Turtle Creek, Pa.
Caylin Moore - Sr. - DB - TCU - Carson, Calif.
Dane Evans - RSr. - QB - University of Tulsa - Sanger, Texas
Oren Burks - RJr. - LB - Vanderbilt University - Fairfax Station, Va.
Zach Terrell - RSr. - QB - Western Michigan University - Fort Wayne, Ind.
NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (I-AA), Divisions II, III and NAIA
Name Cl. Pos. School Hometown
Zach Bernhard RSr. LB Ashland University Ashland, Ohio
Drew Neuville Sr. TE Bethel University (Minn.) Green Bay, Wis.
Dan Gallman Sr. OL Carson-Newman University Naples, Fla.
Nate Casey Sr. LB Davidson College Tega Cay, S.C.
Michael Allen Sr. LB University of the Incarnate Word Garland, Texas
Luke Grooters Sr. LB Morningside College Rock Rapids, Iowa
Carl Jones RSr. OL North Carolina Central University Nashville, Tenn.
Corbin Jountti RJr. RB Northern Arizona University Bakersfield, Calif.
Zach Clark Sr. OL Oklahoma Baptist University Oklahoma City, Okla.
Kaymon Farmer Sr. WR Southeastern Oklahoma State University Pittsburg, Texas
Trent Brodbeck RSr. TE Wayne State University (Mich.) Toledo, Ohio
Brett Kasper Jr. QB University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Two Rivers, Wis.
Honorary Head Coach
Mark Richt University of Miami