Kirlew Headed to New Orleans for Allstate Sugar Bowl
Dec. 31, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana defensive end Jammie Kirlew will be recognized at halftime of the 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 New Year's Day bowl game will kick off at 8:30 p.m. ET and air on FOX.
Allstate Insurance Company and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) announced 22 student-athletes chosen for the prestigious honor in September. The two 11-member teams - one composed of players competing in the NCAA® Football Bowl Subdivision (I-A) and a combined team representing the NCAA® Football Championship Subdivision (I-AA), Divisions II, III and the NAIA - honor players that embody the true spirit of "teamwork" and "giving back" through commendable acts of kindness and community service.
"Jammie is one of the most talented young men I have had the privilege to coach," head coach Bill Lynch said. "He represents Indiana University in a first-class manner and sets a terrific example both on and off the field. We are very proud he has received this honor."
Kirlew, who was recently named a semifinalist for the Wooden Cup, embraced the student-athlete experience in his time at IU. A four-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree, Kirlew has given much of his free time to the community. He is active in the Big Brothers/Big Sisters Program and has volunteered his time at the Bloomington Boys & Girls Club.
Additionally, he volunteered for President Barack Obama's campaign, helping to register voters for the 2008 Presidential Election. The Orlando, Fla., native also took advantage of Indiana's study abroad program, spending the summer of 2006 in Italy.
Named team MVP in 2009 for the second straight season, Kirlew also collected second team All-Big Ten accolades. He was voted first team All-Big Ten by the media and second team by the coaches in 2008. Kirlew finished 2009 in the top 10 in the Big Ten in four major statistical categories. He was sixth in the league and 23rd nationally with 15.5 tackles for loss, tied for sixth in the conference with 6.5 sacks, third in the Big Ten and ninth nationally with five forced fumbles and shared third in the Big Ten and 29th nationally with two fumble recoveries.
Kirlew closed out his career tied for third on the Hoosiers' career sacks list with 23 and second on the career tackles for loss list with 52.5. He was also selected to the Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award Watch List, the Chuck Bednarik Award Watch List and the Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List in addition to being one of 10 finalists for the ARA Sportsmanship Award. Kirlew was also a candidate for the Lowe's Senior CLASS award (achievements in the classroom, character, community and competition).
This summer, a record 106 players were nominated for this prestigious honor by sports information directors on behalf of their teams, surpassing all previous single-season nominee totals since the program began in 1992. From the nominations, a special selection committee named 22 college football players from across the country to the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®.
The Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® is now in its 18th season to present the award. College Football Hall of Fame coach and ESPN personality Lou Holtz will once again serve as the spokesperson for the 2009 Allstate AFCA Good Works Teams®.
While game-saving tackles and last-second field goals may dominate the television highlights, these 22 players have done remarkable things in their communities and changed countless lives in the process, from helping refugees in Afghanistan, to registering people to vote in the Presidential election, to befriending people stricken with disabilities.
Allstate has assembled a high-profile voting panel made up of previous 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's Lou Holtz and Kirk Herbstreit and CBSSports.com's Dennis Dodd, to elect this year's team. Also a part of the selection committee are current AFCA president and San Jose State University head coach Dick Tomey, 1996 AFCA president and former head coach at the United States Air Force Academy Fisher DeBerry, and Allstate vice president Guy Hill.
In order to meet the criteria set forth by Allstate and AFCA, each player must be actively involved and committed to working with a charitable organization, service group or community service while maintaining good academic standing. Candidates must also display sincere concern and reliability, while also having made a favorable impression on the organizations with which they are involved. Neither athletic ability nor on-the-field achievements are among the selection criteria.
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