Matthews named to 2015 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team

Release courtesy of Colorado State Athletics

NORTHBROOK, Ill. - Allstate Insurance Company and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) announced Tuesday the roster for the 2015 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, featuring Colorado State safety Trent Matthews. The Allstate AFCA Good Works Team is the most-esteemed off-the-field honor in college football, and recognizes 22 student-athletes nationally who have made a positive impact on others and their communities.

In its 24th year, the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team is comprised of athletes who have used their limited free time to perform inspirational acts of service. This summer, the program received a record-high 197 nominations from colleges and universities across the country. The nominations were paired down to 11 FBS student-athletes and 11 from the FCS and other levels. Matthews is the third Ram to be recognized, joining Ray Jackson (1995) and Myron Terry (1996).

"Allstate is proud to continue the legacy of recognizing student-athletes for their role in making a positive impact in their local communities," said Pam Hollander, vice president of marketing for Allstate. "The `good works' of these individuals is an inspiration to us all and we are thrilled to recognize another team of young men that are truly making a difference both on and off the football field."

Matthews, a fifth-year senior from Converse, Texas, earned his bachelor's degree in liberal arts in May 2015, and is currently working toward his master's. He was named a season captain at the end of the 2014 season, his junior campaign, and has been praised numerous times by head coach Mike Bobo for his leadership and selfless attitude.

For the past three summers, Matthews has coached youth football through the City of Fort Collins summer camps. Not limited to just a coach, he has gone beyond the call of duty of his role, and now supervises the coaching of the camps for the entire city, in addition to looking after kids during the camps and afterward. On several occasions, he has voluntarily stayed longer when parents are running late, and has even provided food for kids to ensure safety and that they're taken care of.

Additionally, Matthews has regularly scheduled appearances on his own at several elementary and middle schools, including Laurel Elementary, where he befriended a fifth grader who was having trouble with bullying. He makes visits about three times per month to mentor the youth and simply hang out with his younger friends. He regularly attends their sporting events, calls on birthdays and is available on-call at any moment.

Matthews additionally played a prominent role in the 2013 "adoption" of Jack Miller, an honorary team member thanks to a partnership with the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation. He has also been instrumental in welcoming children with special needs to team practices and other functions through Respite Care of Fort Collins.

For as much as he gives, Matthews truly believes he receives. In a recent production meeting, he stated that every person has a gift, and that his gift is to give joy - something he believes was instilled in him from his mother. Once his playing days are complete, Matthews has desires to stay involved with kids. He has an interest in becoming a high school history teacher and football coach. 

On the field, Matthews has started 40 games for the Rams and has more than 200 career tackles, eight interceptions, 21 pass breakups, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries. In December, he earned All-Mountain West Honorable Mention honors and in July was one of 42 players selected to the Jim Thorpe Award Watch List, which is annually given to the nation's top defensive back. He is also on the watch list for the Wuerffel Trophy, another prestigious community-service award.

Fans can vote Matthews as the Team Captain
Rams fans can vote for the 2015 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team Captain at through Nov. 25. The Team Captain and his fellow award recipients will be invited to New Orleans to participate in a community project before the 2016 Allstate Sugar Bowl.

"The members of the 2015 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team are an excellent example of hard work and dedication, both on the field and off," AFCA Executive Director Grant Teaff said. "These 22 student-athletes have shown, through their countless hours of community service and work on the football field, that you can give more of yourself to help those around you. It's a privilege to team up with Allstate to honor these students."

The 2015 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team voting panel includes former Good Works Team members Zaid Abdul-Aleem (Duke, 1994 team), Matt Stinchcomb (Georgia, 1997, 1998 teams), Brian Brenberg (St. Thomas, 2001 team), Mike Proman (Amherst, 2002 team); media members Jesse Palmer (ESPN), Kirk Herbstreit (ESPN), Bruce Feldman (Fox Sports), Blair Kerkhoff (Kansas City Star); current AFCA President and University of Cincinnati head coach Tommy Tuberville; 1987 AFCA President and former head coach at Brigham Young University LaVell Edwards; along with an Allstate representative.

2015 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team
The following players have been selected to the 2015 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team:

NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (I-A)
Name                 Class Pos.         School                 Hometown
Jonathan Wallace Sr.         WR         Auburn                 Phenix City, Ala.
Trent Matthews Sr.         S         Colorado State Converse, Texas
Kelby Brown         Sr.         LB         Duke                 Matthews, N.C.
Malcolm Mitchell Sr.         SE         Georgia                 Valdosta, Ga.
Landon Foster Sr.         P         Kentucky         Franklin, Tenn.
Deon Bush         Sr.         S         Miami                 Miami, Fla.
Myer Krah         Sr.         OLB         Navy                 Durham, N.C.
Joshua Perry         Sr.         LB         Ohio State         Galena, Ohio
Ben Kline         Sr.         LB         Penn State         Silver Valley, Pa.
James Conner Jr.         RB         Pittsburgh         Erie, Pa.
Driphus Jackson Sr.         QB         Rice                         Cedar Hill, Texas

About the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team
The Allstate AFCA Good Works Team was established in 1992 by the College Football Association, recognizing the extra efforts made by college football players and student support staff off the field. AFCA became the governing body of the award in 1997 and continues to honor college football players who go the extra mile for those in need. Allstate worked to present the award starting with the 2008 season.

The SEC leads all conferences with 65 selections to the Good Works Team since it began in 1992. The SEC is followed by the Big 12 Conference with 47 selections and the Atlantic Coast Conference with 32 selections. Georgia is in first place with 16 honorees to the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team. The Bulldogs are followed by Nebraska with 14 honorees. Super Bowl XLII, XLVI and XLI champion quarterbacks Eli and Peyton Manning were members of the 2002 and 1997 Good Works Teams, respectively.