PERU, Neb. – Allstate Insurance Company and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) announced today the 22 college football players and honorary head coach named to the 2017 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®. This award shines a spotlight on the incredible stories of selflessness and community service displayed by these student-athletes and honorary head coach, and honors their dedication to volunteerism and enriching the lives of others.
For the first time ever, Peru State has a representative on the list. Bobcat senior Gunnar Orcutt (Omaha) was among the 11 honorees in the NCAA DI FCS, DII, DIII, and NAIA group. Only one other NAIA player was recognized.
Orcutt was clearly excited when the news was shared with him Thursday morning after he was through with the Bobcats’ morning conditioning workout. He stated, “I really don’t know what to say. To be the first from Peru State is incredible. There have been great athletes who have come before me, to actually be named to the list of 22 is extremely humbling.” Continuing, Orcutt noted, “To receive the award alongside Harrison Phillips (the Stanford honoree from Omaha – a Millard West graduate), a former opponent and teammate, is a great honor for both of us.”
Peru State president, Dr. Dan Hanson, stated, “Gunnar has been an exceptional leader on campus. Being selected for the Good Works team is a wonderful tribute to his commitment to service and scholarship.”
Orcutt embodies what the panel was looking for in terms of community service as he has a lengthy list of activities which includes the following: Four-time Habitat for Humanity Omaha volunteer, five-time Red Cross blood/platelet donor, three-time Peru City-wide Clean-up participant, Peru Rake-A-Thon coordinator, Peru State Kids against Hunger participant, and many other events.
In addition, Orcutt is a top student-athlete and has been active on the Peru State campus and has a long list of academic and athletic achievements. Some of his academic achievements to this point include: Board of Trustee scholar, Peru State Dean’s List 2014-present, 4.0 GPA 2014-present, Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete, 2016 CoSIDA Academic All-America® College Division Football First Team, Beta Beta Beta Scholar, Member of Southwestern Association of Parasitologists 2015-present where he has presented two posters, and presently a University of Nebraska Medicine Summer undergraduate Research Program participant.”
In late July, Orcutt was named as the Heart of America Athletic Conference’s (Heart) A.O. Duer winner – an honor which recognizes student-athletes for their academics, character, and citizenship.
The following players and honorary head coach have been named to the 2017 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®:
Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS)
Daniel Carlson – Auburn University
Gabe Brandner – Duke University
Marvin Saunders – Florida State University
Brent Stocktstill – Middle Tennessee State University
A.J. Cole, III – North Carolina State University
Brandon Smith – Pennsylvania State University
Harrison Phillips – Stanford University
Shaq Jones – University of Alabama-Birmingham
Aaron Davis – University of Georgia
Courtney Love – University of Kentucky
Tommy Openshaw – Vanderbilt University
Combined Divisions (FCS, II, III & NAIA)
Reece Foy – Amherst College
Josh Dalki – Bethel University (Minn.)
Ryan Stratton – Edinboro University
Jake Daugherty – Ferris State University
Tyler Schubert – Franklin & Marshall College
Jacob Jenness – Northwestern College (Iowa)
Gunnar Orcutt – Peru State College
Will Gillach – Saint John’s University (Minn.)
Jake Wieneke – South Dakota State University
Patrick Mohorcic – The College of Wooster
Dillon Vaughan – West Texas A&M University
Honorary Head Coach
Pat Fitzgerald – Northwestern University
Fans are encouraged to visit ESPN.com/Allstate to vote for the 2017 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® Captain now through November 23, 2017. The Team Captain will be honored at this season’s The Home Depot College Football Awards on ESPN.
Throughout the season, fans can also follow along and join in on the conversation by searching and using #GoodWorksTeam on their social media channels.