The Good Works Team® award is celebrating 25 years of recognizing college football players who dedicate their time to bettering the community and the lives of others.
Watson, the consensus All-American quarterback in 2015, has been significantly involved in Habitat for Humanity since he was in high school and his time with the Clemson Tigers. Last year he was presented with the Habitat for Humanity's Next Generation Award.
Watson is the fourth Clemson player to be named to the team. Robert Carswell (1999), Nick Eason (2000) and Xavier Dye (2009) were previous selections.
This year, in recognition of the 25th anniversary, Allstate and the AFCA added three additional spots to the team, including an honorary head coach. Amidst the rivalry, competitiveness and excitement of college football, the contributions made off the field by players and coaches can often times be overlooked. The players named to the Good Works Team® represent the sport's finest in terms of character and leadership, in addition to maintaining good academic standing. To help announce the landmark year of the Good Works Team®, Allstate and the AFCA have also teamed up with two-time national champion, Heisman Trophy winner and 2009 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® member Tim Tebow.
“Allstate has taken great pride in working with the AFCA to recognize student-athletes who go above and beyond to make time for community service, whether they’re helping out at a local soup kitchen or going abroad on a mission trip,” said Thomas Clarkson, president of the west territory for Allstate Insurance Company and a member of the 2016 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® voting panel. “These young men deserve to be commended for all that they do, and their character and commitment to service is an inspiration for all of us.”
The following players and head coach have been named to the 2016 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® from FBS Schools:
Deshaun Watson (Clemson), Derek McCartney (Colorado), DeVon Edwards (Duke), Alec Eberle (Florida State), Jeb Blazevich (Georgia), KeShun Freeman (Georgia Tech), Makani Kema-Kaleiwahea (Hawaii), Mike Caprara (Pittsburgh), Caylin Moore (TCU), Dane Evans (Tulsa), Oren Burks (Vanderbilt), and Zach Terrell (Western Michigan).