NORTHBROOK, Ill. -- Mount Union senior Jared Ruth (Indianapolis, Ind. / Pike) is one of 169 national nominees for the 2018 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® presented by Allstate Insurance Company and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA).
The Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® has been one of the most esteemed honors in college football for more than 25 years. The student-athletes who are nominated for this award not only demonstrate a unique dedication to community service and desire to make a positive impact on the lives around them, but they also show tremendous perseverance as well as the ability to overcome personal struggles and come out victorious against all odds.
The Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® is comprised of 11 players from the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision and 11 players from the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision, Divisions II, III and the NAIA and one honorary head coach. To be in consideration by Allstate and the AFCA for a nomination, each player must be actively involved with a charitable organization or service group while maintaining a strong academic standing.
The final roster of 22 award recipients and honorary head coach will be unveiled in September.
Ruth, a team captain in 2018, was an All-Ohio Athletic Conference first team wide receiver who played in 13 games and caught 14 touchdown passes with a pair of punt return touchdowns on the 2017 national championship team. Off the field, he is an Academic All-District and two-time Academic All-OAC selection who has been part of the Raider Buddies youth mentoring program, the Be the Match bone marrow drive on campus along with Relay For Life and Walk a Mile in Her Shoes fundraisers.
"There are always a lot of great stories that come out every year during the college football season, but none of them compare to the inspiring stories that each of these Allstate AFCA Good Works Team nominees live out on a daily basis," Todd Berry, AFCA Executive Director said. "How these student-athletes spend their time helping others should be a motivation to everyone who reads about them to give back. It's an honor to partner with Allstate to publicize the great works these student-athletes achieve each year."
"I've seen the value of this team firsthand since I was selected as a member of the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team my senior year, and I love seeing the influx of players year after year who truly embody everything this program stands for," said Tebow. "These kids have so much character, strength, and honor. To excel on the field, in the classroom and be a leader in community service - that is the ultimate accomplishment."
Mount Union opens the 2018 season Saturday, September 1 at 7 p.m. against Rose-Hulman at Mount Union Stadium in Alliance.