Oklahoma State quarterback J.W. Walsh has been nominated for the 2014 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, Allstate and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) announced today.
Walsh is one of a record-breaking 182 nominees from across the country who represent the sport’s finest in the areas of volunteerism and leadership. He has been active with FCA, including speaking to students at multiple high schools and mentoring children through a horseback riding program. He has also been on several hospital visits to spend time with children, and taken time to speak to and interact with children at multiple elementary schools. Additionally, he volunteered time to help with tornado clean-up efforts following the May 20, 2013, tornado in Moore, Okla.
On the field, Walsh is known for his strong leadership ability. He owns a career adjusted quarterback rating of 80.1, which ranks among the best in country for quarterbacks returning in 2014. His 170.11 quarterback rating in 2012 not only led the Big 12 and ranked fourth nationally, but was also the fourth best ever by a freshman.
As a sophomore in 2013, Walsh started five games and saw action in eight. He was second on the team in total offense per game at 203.4 yards and the Cowboys’ second leading passer at 1,333 yards, completing 113 of 190 pass attempts. The Denton, Texas native finished the season with nine passing touchdowns and three rushing scores.
For 23 years the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team has served as one of the most coveted and prestigious off-the-field honors in college football. The award recognizes players whose charitable involvement and community service contributions stand out among all other student-athletes participating in the sport.
From the nominees submitted by sports information directors across the nation on behalf of their schools, a special voting panel consisting of former Allstate AFCA Good Works Team members and prominent college football media members will select the 2014 Good Works Team, to be announced in September.
In order to meet the criteria set forth by Allstate and the AFCA, each player must be actively involved and committed to working with a charitable organization or service group while maintaining a strong academic standing.
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