LOGAN, Utah – Utah State redshirt senior nose guard Travis Seefeldt is one of 165 college football players from across the country nominated for the 2016 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, it was announced Wednesday by the Allstate Insurance Company and the American Football Coaches Association.
For 25 years, the players selected have carried on the award’s mission by demonstrating that ‘good works’ extend beyond the football field. This year’s nominees uphold impressive service resumes detailing inspiring stories of servitude and the exceptional ability to balance academics with athletics, while donating their limited free time and energy to helping others.
In honor of the 25th anniversary, Allstate and the AFCA will add three additional spots to this year’s team and announce a final roster of 25 members in September. For the first time in the award’s history, the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® will be comprised of 12 players from the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision, 12 players from the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision, Divisions II, III and the NAIA and an honorary head coach.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the award, which was established in 1992 to recognize a select group of college football players who have made a commitment to service and enriching the lives of others.
Seefeldt, who is one of 82 Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) players nominated for the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, joins eight other Mountain West players on the list.
Seefeldt also joins former Aggies Chuckie Keeton (2011-15), Eric Moats (2009-11) and Geno Odong (2007), who were also nominated for the award, as Keeton was one of 22 players named to the 2014 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team and represented USU at the 2015 Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, La.
Seefeldt has also been named to the 2016 Wuerffel Trophy Watch List, it was announced Wednesday by the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA).
The Wuerffel Trophy, known as “College Football’s Premier Award for Community Service,” is presented annually by the All Sports Association in Fort Walton Beach, Fla. Named after 1996 Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Danny Wuerffel from the University of Florida, the Wuerffel Trophy is awarded to the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) player that best combines exemplary community service with athletic and academic achievement.
The formal announcement of the 2016 recipient will be on December 6, at the National Football Foundation’s press conference in New York City. The presentation of the 2016 Wuerffel Trophy will occur at the 48th Annual All Sports Association Awards Banquet on February 10, 2017, in Fort Walton Beach, Fla.
Seefeldt is one of 88 FBS players named to the 2016 Wuerffel Trophy Watch List, including three other Mountain West student-athletes.
Entering his final season at Utah State, Seefeldt is also a preseason first-team All-Mountain West selection by both Athlon Sports and Phil Steele, along with being nominated for the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team.
Seefeldt, a 6-foot-1, 305-pounder from Peoria, Ariz. (Liberty HS), missed the 2015 season following injuries sustained in a car crash and was granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA. As a junior during the 2014 season, he had 35 tackles, which included 2.0 sacks and 6.0 tackles for loss. He also recorded two pass breakups, two quarterback hurries, two fumble recoveries and blocked two kicks.
For his career, Seefeldt has played in 39 games with two career starts and has 54 career tackles, which includes 4.0 sacks and 9.5 tackles for loss. He has also recorded two blocks, two pass breakups, two quarterback hurries and one forced fumble to go along with three fumble recoveries.
Seefeldt has already graduated from Utah State with a bachelor’s degree in management information systems and is currently working on his master’s in business administration.
Utah State returns 12 starters (O-9, D-3) and 38 letterwinners (O-20, D-15, S-3) from last year’s team that posted a 6-7 record, finished tied for second in the Mountain Division of the Mountain West with a 5-3 mark, and ended its season by playing in a school-record fifth-straight bowl game as it faced Akron in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.
Utah State will open the 2016 season on Thursday, Sept. 1, at home against Weber State and will begin Mountain West play on Saturday, Sept. 24, at home against Air Force.
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