NORTHBROOK, Ill. (August 1, 2017) - Colorado State University-Pueblo senior Zach Boyd (TE, Fort Lupton, Colo.) was honored as one of 146 nominees for the 2017 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®, one of the most prestigious off-the-field honors in college football, presented by Allstate Insurance Company and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA).
Boyd was recognized as a nominee for his contributions on the field, but more importantly his work and efforts off the gridiron.
Since 1992, the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® has brought together a select group of college football players from across the country to honor their dedication to volunteerism and enriching the lives of others. While players are often recognized for their accomplishments and achievements on game day, these student-athletes have made significant contributions to the greater good of society, inspiring future generations of young athletes and the larger college football community.
The student-athletes nominated for this esteemed award embody the true spirit of teamwork and selflessness, donating their limited free time to helping and serving others. From founding a non-profit that helps orphans secure jobs in the workforce to raising funds and awareness for childhood cancer research, the 2017 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® nominees may wear different jerseys on the field, but they all exemplify a superior commitment to giving back off of it.
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, the final roster of 22 award recipients will be unveiled in September. 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 2017 Good Works Team®.
2017: Preseason All-RMAC Offense
2016: Don Hansen All-Region Third Team ... All-RMAC First Team Offense ... NFFCC All-Colorado First Team Offense ... NFFCC Academic All-Colorado Honor Roll ... Played in 11 games at tight end ... Totaled 20 receptions for 234 yards (11.7 ypc) to rank fourth on the team in both categories ... Scored three touchdowns, which was the second most on the team and recorded a long reception of 47 yards ... Averaged 21.3 yards per game ... An extension of the offensive line that helped lead the Pack to 195.8 rushing yards per game and rank No. 14 in NCAA Division II in least tackles for loss allowed (4.36) ... 2015 All-RMAC Second Team.
- 2016-17 CSU-Pueblo Fellowship of Christian Athletes Integrity Award Winner, which honors one male and one female CSU-Pueblo student-athlete each year for exhibiting the vaules and integrity of the FCA
- Active member with the Pueblo chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) since he started at CSU-Pueblo, which includes speaking at the FCA Fundraiser Dinner and working the FCA Retreat
- Feeding the homeless in the Pueblo Area
- Mentor for local middle school/grade school students in the Pueblo Area
- Pancake feed for the CSU-Pueblo freshmen though CRU (campus christian ministry)
- Served tables and mingled with the Pueblo community at the United Way Benefit Breakfast at the Golden Corral
- Campus clean-up through campus ministries
- Volunteer for the CSU-Pueblo Scholarship 5K
- Instructor at the ThunderPup Clinic, a football clinic for area youth
- Stretch with the Pack, kids allowed on the field prior to the annual spring game
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As a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Colorado State University – Pueblo competes in 22 varsity sports in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics.