James Named Allstate AFCA Good Works Team Nominee
NORTHBROOK, Ill., – Allstate and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) announced the nominees for the 2022 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® including Davidson Football scholar-athlete Quentin James. The nominees are 114 student-athletes with exemplary community service, academic dedication and impact on and off the field.
“Quentin is an incredible scholar-athlete with a servant’s heart,” Head Coach Scott Abell said. “It is exciting to see him recognized for all his work globally as well as right here in our Davidson community. This nomination is well deserved.”
James is the seventh Wildcat to earn a spot on the ballot in the last nine years, following Chibuike “Chi-Chi” Odo, who earned a spot on the 2021 Good Works Team.
The rising-senior was selected as one of two leaders of the Davidson Football chapter of Uplifting Athletes out of 95 scholar-athletes. He is responsible for creating, organizing, and supervising events and activities on behalf of the team to raise money for the national organization to distribute to rare disease research organizations. James also serves as a liaison between the Lift for Life national representatives and the Davidson College Football Chapter.
Additionally, he was one of 12 members selected to lead an initiative started by the team to seek social change regarding racial injustice in our society as part of the Davidson Football Unity Council. He creates, coordinates, and supervises events and demonstrations with fellow members and coaches both on, and off campus to further advocate for our cause and purpose.
Last semester, James went on a Mission Trip to London through Campus Outreach and spent spring break holding football camps and teaching American football to players at the University of Birmingham. The group spent five days at the college hosting countless film and Q&A sessions, practices, and incorporated ideas from Davidson into their own style of “coaching” overseas. James and his teammates also hosted a two-hour long camp with two of the American college football teams in London, running through drills with them, bringing the intensity and spirit of competition out of the teams.
James is spending his summer studying abroad to learn and discover the fundamentals of Wildlife Management. In Africa, he is diving into the world of both private and community wildlife sanctuaries evolving in Amboseli and Maasai Mara lands, as well as the resource conservation critical to the wildlife that live there. He will be going on multi-day expeditions to Amboseli National Park, in the foothills of Mt. Kilimanjaro, and observe wildlife behavior, practice species ID, and collect ecological data.
A Panel Chooses the Team
The final 22-member team and honorary coach are selected by a voting panel of former Allstate AFCA Good Works Team members and journalists. They look for exceptional leadership on and off the football field.
In addition to Tebow and Hawkes, the 2022 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team selection panel members are: Zaid Abdul-Aleem (Duke, 1994 team); Matt Stinchcomb (Georgia, 1997, 1998); Brian Brenberg (St. Thomas, 2001); Mike Proman (Amherst, 2002); Wes Counts (Middle Tennessee State, 1999); media members 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 Athletic Director at Virginia Union University Joe Taylor.
Fans Pick the Captain
After the final team members are announced in September, fans can vote for this year’s Allstate AFCA Good Works Team captain through the official page on ESPN.com. Fans can join the conversation on social media with #GoodWorksTeam throughout the season.
Established in 1992, the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team is one of the most coveted community service awards in college football. From the 114 nominees, the final roster of 23 award recipients will bring together 11 players from the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision; 11 players from the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision, Divisions II, III and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA); and one honorary head coach. To be considered for a spot on the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, each player must be actively involved with a charitable organization or service group while maintaining strong academic standing.