<strong>LOGAN, Utah</strong> – Utah State football player Jake Doughty is a candidate for the 2012 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®, as the Allstate Insurance Company and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) today announced the candidate list with 117 student-athletes on it. As one of college football’s most prestigious off-the-field honors, the award recognizes a select group of college football players committed to making a difference in their communities.
Doughty, a native of Draper, Utah (Juan Diego HS), is a two-year letterwinner at linebacker for the Aggies and is entering his junior year. He has worked his way up from seeing action mainly on special teams as a freshman to slated at starting linebacker entering this fall. Doughty played in all 13 games of Utah State’s 2011 season that ended in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, USU’s first bowl appearance since 1997. He posted 26 total tackles (12 solo, 14 assists) with three tackles for loss. Doughty’s top outing of season was five tackles, which he posted in a home game against Wyoming and at Hawai’i, while adding three stops in the Nevada game.
Off the field, Doughty has a 3.372 GPA majoring in mechanical engineering, earning academic all-Western Athletic Conference honors in 2010 and 2011, as well as the Utah State Joe E. and Elma Whitesides Scholar-Athlete Award in the 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12 academic years.
He is a member of the USU Student-Athlete Mentor (SAMs) program, a group that offers experiences and knowledge to new student-athletes in the hope that ultimately it will improve their quality of life.
Of the 117 players, 52 are from the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), and Doughty is the lone WAC player on the list and one of three players from the state of Utah, joining Utah’s Sean Sellwood and BYU’s Michael Alisa.
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 two 11-player Good Works Teams® – one comprised of players from the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision and another representing 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.
Allstate and the AFCA will launch the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® website on ESPN.com featuring profiles and images of the final team members, as well as the opportunity for fans to vote for the 2012 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® Captain.
Utah State will return 48 letterwinners (20 offense, 22 defense, six special teams) from the Aggies’ historic 2011 season in which USU posted a 7-6 record, its first seven-win season since 1993, capping its season with its first bowl appearance since 1997 with a trip to the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, losing to Ohio in a 24-23 thriller. Five of USU’s losses were by one score or less, and 10 of the Aggies’ games were decided by one score, which were the most in the nation.
For the first time since 1996, the Aggies will open a season with back-to-back home games, hosting a pair of in-state foes in Southern Utah on Thursday, Aug. 30 and Utah on Friday, Sept. 7. Both games are slated for 6 p.m. (MT) starts from Merlin Olsen Field at Romney Stadium. The Aggies’ game against Utah will be on ESPN2. It will be the 110th meeting between USU and Utah, resuming the rivalry after a two-year hiatus. The Beehive State battle will be the Aggies’ third time in the last four seasons with a home game on national television, after hosting Boise State in 2009, BYU in 2010 and Utah in 2012.
Utah State football season ticket renewals and new sales for the 2012 season are available. Renewals are available online 24 hours a day at www.UtahStateAggies.com and clicking on the “buy/renew tickets” under the “tickets” drop down menu. Fans interested in new sales should contact the USU Ticket Office at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum or by phone by calling 1-888-USTATE-1 or (435) 797-0305.
Fans can follow the Aggie football program at twitter.com/USUFootball or on the USU football blog at usufootball.wordpress.com. Aggie fans can also follow the Utah State athletic program at twitter.com/USUAthletics or on facebook at Utah State University Athletics.
<strong>About the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team</strong>
The Allstate AFCA Good Works Teams® were established in 1992 by the College Football Association, recognizing the extra efforts made by college football players and student support staff off the field. AFCA became the governing body of the award in 1997 and continues to honor college football players who go the extra mile for those in need. Allstate partnered to present the award starting with the 2008 season. The Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® has shown a spotlight on the countless “good works” and remarkable stories of service by student-athletes at all levels of college football competition. Award recipients represent the sport’s finest in terms of character and leadership in the community.
The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) is the nation’s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, serving approximately 16 million households through its Allstate, Encompass, Esurance and Answer Financial brand names. Widely known by its slogan “You’re In Good Hands With Allstate®,” Allstate offers insurance products (auto, home, life and retirement) and services through Allstate agencies, independent agencies, and Allstate exclusive financial representatives, as well as via www.allstate.com and 1-800 Allstate®. As part of Allstate’s commitment to strengthen local communities, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate employees, agency owners and the corporation provided $28 million in 2011 to thousands of nonprofit organizations and important causes across the United States.
The AFCA was founded in 1922 and currently has more than 11,000 members around the world ranging from the high school level to the professional ranks. According to its constitution, the AFCA was formed, in part, to “maintain the highest possible standards in football and in the coaching profession” and to “provide a forum for the discussion and study of all matters pertaining to football.”