The award, co-sponsored by Allstate Insurance Company and the American Football Coaches Association, includes 117 nominees. Since 1992, the award has shown a spotlight on the countless "good works" and remarkable stories of service by student-athletes at all levels of college football competition.
Francis, who has played in each of the last 37 games at Maryland and is a three-time Academic All-ACC choice, has been involved in a number of community service initiatives. The Severn, Md., native works football camps and engages with kids on youth league teams in his hometown and Washington, D.C. He has visited 18 elementary schools in the past year in Montgomery, Prince George's, Anne Arundel County, Baltimore and D.C. to read to and mentor youth.
year's Allstate AFCA Good Works Team nominees have some of the most impressive
community service resumes in the program's 21-year history," said Kathy Mabe,
president of Allstate's West regions and a member of the 2012 Allstate AFCA
Good Works Team voting panel. "These young men continue to raise the bar for
the impact that student-athletes can have on others, and are an inspiration to
Allstate, our agents and our employees."
A special voting panel consisting of former Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® members and prominent college football media members will select two 11-player Good Works Teams® - one comprised of players from the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision and another representing 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.