Chappell to Receive Recognition at Halftime of Allstate Sugar Bowl
Jan. 4, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana quarterback Ben Chappell will be recognized at halftime of tonight's Allstate Sugar Bowl as a member of the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®, honoring dedicated and hard-working student-athletes for their off-the-field achievements and selfless contributions to their communities. The game will kick off at 8:30 p.m. ET and air on ESPN.
Allstate Insurance Company and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) announced 22 student-athletes nationally chosen for the prestigious honor. Chappell is the second Hoosier in as many years to receive the recognition, as Jammie Kirlew was selected to the Good Works Team in 2009. He is one of four Big Ten student-athletes named to the team, as the conference took more spots on the 11-man FBS list than any other league.
Chappell completed 302-of-483 passes (62.5 percent) for 3,295 yards with 24 touchdowns, three rushing TDs, nine interceptions, 274.6 yards per game and a 132.5 passing efficiency this season. He set the school's single-season completions, passing yardage and attempts records, and finished second in passing touchdowns, total offense (3,309) and completion percentage.
The Bloomington South graduate led the Big Ten in passing yardage, passing yardage per game, completions and attempts, finished third in total offense (275.8), touchdowns and TD-interception ratio, and ended up fourth in points responsible for (13.5). On the national stage, Chappell ranked fourth in attempts, sixth in completions, 12th in passing yardage, 14th in passing yardage per game, tied for 21st in touchdowns, 22nd in total offense and tied for 28th in points responsible.
Chappell was a quarterfinalist for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week (Sept. 20), a National Football Foundation National Scholar-Athlete, a member of the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, one of 10 finalists for the Wuerffel Trophy, selected to the Good Works Team, an ESPN Academic All-District V first team member, an Academic All-Big Ten honoree and a candidate for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. He closed out his career as IU's career leader in completion percentage (61.1), completions (651), attempts (1,066), 300-yard games (9), 250-yard games (13) and 200-yard games (18), ranked second in passing yardage (7,251) and passing touchdowns (45), and finished third in total offense (7,331).
A total of 112 players across all collegiate levels of the sport were nominated for the award by sports information directors on behalf of their teams, the most ever in the 19-year history of the program. From the nominations, a special selection committee named 22 college football players from across the country to the 2010 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®. Of the two 11-member teams, one includes players competing in the NCAA® Football Bowl Subdivision (I-A) and the other is a combined team representing the NCAA® Football Championship Subdivision (I-AA), Divisions II, III, and the NAIA.
"Allstate's partnership with the AFCA to present this award is not about X's and O's," said Guy Hill, vice president of sales and service for Allstate, who also served on the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® voting panel. "By shining a spotlight on college football student-athletes who demonstrate a unique commitment to serving their communities, we are protecting the integrity of the sport and showcasing its positive impact that extends well beyond the field of play."
While on-field heroics may capture the attention of college football fans and media, it is the commitment to service and volunteerism demonstrated by these 22 players that truly represents what is good about the game. These student-athletes have dedicated themselves to improving the lives of others, from serving on medical mission trips to Africa, to befriending elderly community members, to supporting cancer research initiatives. In doing so, they are serving to protect the image of a sport beloved by thousands of fans across the country.
"Reading about all the community service activities and off the field accomplishments of the 22 members of this year's Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® is humbling," said Grant Teaff, AFCA Executive Director. "Even at a young age, they get what is really important in life, and they represent thousands of college football players across the nation that are doing the same things on campus and in their hometowns. We're proud to join Allstate in recognizing these outstanding student-athletes."
For the first time in the program's history, fans will be able to vote for a Team Captain by visiting ESPN.com and searching "Good Works." The Team Captain will be recognized by ESPN personality and Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® national ambassador Lou Holtz during The Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards on Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN. The site also features profiles of the award recipients and their selfless acts of kindness.
Allstate assembled a high-profile voting panel made up of previous Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® members, including former University of Georgia lineman Matt Stinchcomb and former Tulane University running back Mewelde Moore, as well as prominent college football media personalities, including ESPN analyst Lou Holtz, ESPN.com writer Pat Forde and USA Today college sports editor Tom O'Toole. Also part of the selection committee are current AFCA president and University of Mount Union head coach Larry Kehres, 1996 AFCA president and former head coach at the United States Air Force Academy Fisher DeBerry, and Allstate vice president Guy Hill.
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