Hillsdale College senior Danny Drummond has already been recognized among his peers on campus. Now, he's hoping to receive further recognition on a national scale.
Drummond is one of two Great Midwest Athletic Conference football players nominated for the 2017 AllState Good Works Team. Nominees for the award were announced Monday afternoon by the American Football Coaches Association.
Joining Drummond as a nominee from a G-MAC institution is Ohio Dominican's Austin Ernst.
A team captain entering his fourth year as a starting offensive lineman, Drummond has steadily improved throughout his career, and enters 2017 as Hillsdale's starting center. He's been named to the GLIAC Academic Excellence Team three times and was the Chargers' Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman in both 2015 and 2016. Off the field, Drummond has been heavily involved in community projects and in local volunteer organizations. He's also a talented singer and piano player, and last spring, was named Hillsdale College's Senior Man of the Year for 2016-17.
A total of 146 players across all college football divisions were nominated for the AFCA AllState Good Works Team.
"Allstate is immensely honored to partner with the AFCA for the 10th year to help pay tribute to these players and their off-the-field 'good works' that often go unnoticed and unrewarded," said Thomas Clarkson, president of the west territory for Allstate Insurance Company and a member of the 2017 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® voting panel. "The individuals nominated to the 2017 Good Works Team® are making a positive impact and uniting communities across the country through service, showing what's possible when you put all hands in and give back."
The student-athletes nominated for this esteemed award embody the true spirit of teamwork and selflessness, donating their limited free time to helping and serving others. From founding a non-profit that helps orphans secure jobs in the workforce to raising funds and awareness for childhood cancer research, the 2017 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® nominees may wear different jerseys on the field, but they all exemplify a superior commitment to giving back off of it.
"After looking at the bios of the 146 nominees we received for 2017 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, it really shows that there are great football student-athletes all over this country who just don't care what happens between the sidelines, but they also care about their community and giving back to others," Todd Berry, AFCA Executive Director said. "The AFCA has been proud to partner with Allstate these past 10 years to honor football players who give more of themselves to help others in need."
Comprised of 11 players from the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision and 11 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. 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 the 2017 Good Works Team®. Two-time national champion, Heisman Trophy winner and 2009 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® member Tim Tebow will headline the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® voting panel.
"As a former Good Works Team member, I'm proud to join Allstate for the second year in a row to recognize student-athletes who share my passion for making a difference," says Tebow. "This award shines a light on the good works players are doing off the field and in the community, and the lives that they're changing."
In addition to Tebow and Clarkson, the 2017 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® selection panel members includes: former Good Works Team® members Zaid Abdul-Aleem (Duke, 1994 team), Matt Stinchcomb (Georgia, 1997, 1998 teams), Brian Brenberg (St. Thomas, 2001 team), Mike Proman (Amherst, 2002 team) and Wes Counts (Middle Tennessee State, 1999 team); media members Kirk Herbstreit (ESPN), Blair Kerkhoff (Kansas City Star) and Paul Myerberg (USA TODAY); current AFCA President and University of Arizona head coach Rich Rodriguez; 2001 AFCA President and current athletic director at Virginia Union University Joe Taylor.
Once the final team members are announced in September, college football fans are encouraged to visit the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® website on ESPN.com, featuring profiles and images of the players, for the opportunity to vote for the 2017 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® Captain. Throughout the season, fans can also follow along and join in on the conversation by searching and using #GoodWorksTeam on their social media channels.
Information from the AFCA AllState Good Works Team press release was used in this article.