Utah State’s Blake Anderson and Andre Grayson were nominated for the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team
Logan, Utah- Utah State Head Coach Blake Anderson and graduate cornerback Andre Grayson were nominated for the 2022 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, Allstate and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) announced on Wednesday.
Grayson joins former Aggies Brandon Bowling (2021), Dominik Eberle (2015-19), Jacoby Wildman (2015-19), Jontrell Rocquemore (2015-18), Travis Seefeldt (2012-16), Chuckie Keeton (2011-15), Eric Moats (2009-11) and Geno Odong (2007), who were also nominated for the award. Keeton, now an assistant coach with the Aggies, was one of 22 players named to the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team in 2014 and represented the state of Utah at the 2015 Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Grayson is one of 114 Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) players named to the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team. He is one of six Mountain West players on the list, joining Colorado State’s A’Jon Vivens, Fresno State’s Jalen Cropper, Nevada’s Christian Swint, San Diego State’s Michael Shawcroft and Wyoming’s Jackson Marcotte.
Additionally, Grayson is one of only two players from Beehive State to make the list, joining Utah’s Dalton Kincaid.
Anderson is one of seven head coaches nominated and one of two from MW, joining Colorado State’s Jay Norvell.
Founded in 1992, the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team is one of college football‘s most coveted community service awards. Of the 114 nominees the final listing of 23 Winners will bring together 11 players from the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision; 11 NCAA Football Championship Subdivision, Divisions II, III and National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) players; and a volunteer head coach. To be considered for a spot on the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, each player must be actively involved in a charity or service group while maintaining a strong academic reputation.
This year’s nominees are scholars, leaders, and community champions. They have volunteered to build homes, care for underserved children and feed the hungry, and fight against domestic violence and civil injustice.
The final 22-person team and honorary coach will be chosen by a voting panel composed of former members of the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team and journalists. You are looking for exceptional leadership skills on and off the football field.
Troy Hawkes, executive vice president and general manager, Allstate Sales and Distribution, and Tim Tebow, two-time national champion, Heisman Trophy winner and member of the 2009 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, will be part of the 2022 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team selection panel with Zaid Abdul-Aleem (Duke, Team 1994); Matt Stinchcomb (Georgia, 1997, 1998); Brian Brenberg (St Thomas, 2001); Mike Proman (Amherst, 2002); Wes Counts (Middle Tennessee State, 1999); media representative Kirk Herbstreit (ESPN); Blair Kerkhoff (Kansas City star); and Paul Myerberg (USA Today); 2022 AFCA President and University of Wyoming Head Coach Craig Bohl and current Virginia Union University Athletic Director Joe Taylor.
After the final team members were announced in September, fans can vote for this year’s Allstate AFCA Good Works Team captain through the official site on ESPN.com. Fans can join the conversation throughout the season on social media with #GoodWorksTeam.
During the 2021 campaign, Grayson played in 13 games to finish the season with 30 tackles (18 solo, 12 assists), including 1.0 sacks and 3.0 tackles for losses, along with three pass separations. Grayson had a season-high four tackles against Boise State, along with one pass separation. He also had four tackles against Wyoming and against Oregon State in the Jimmy Kimmel LA Bowl.
Grayson graduated from USU in autumn 2020 with an integrated degree and is currently working on his master’s degree in sports management. He was a 2021 Academic All-MW honoree and spends countless hours working with various groups/organizations on campus and in the community.
In his first season at Utah State, Anderson led the Aggies to their first-ever Mountain West Championship with a 46-13 win at No. 19 San Diego State, their sixth bowl win in school history with a 24-13 win over the state Oregon in the Jimmy Kimmel LA Bowl and a school record 11 wins after being selected fifth in the MW’s Mountain Division in the preseason polls. USU finished the season 24th in the nation in the Associated Press final poll, marking only the fifth time USU has finished a season nationally.
Anderson, who was named the 2021 AFCA Region 5 Coach of the Year and a finalist for the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award, was the only freshman-year head coach in the country to lead his team to nine or more wins.
Utah State opens the 2022 season on Saturday, August 27 at home to Connecticut. The game will be televised nationally at 2pm on Fox Sports 1
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