Utah State’s Blake Anderson and Andre Grayson named to Allstate AFCA Good Works team
LOGAN, Utah- Utah State Head Coach Blake Anderson and graduate cornerback Andre Grayson have been nominated for the 2022 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, it was announced by Allstate and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) on Wednesday.
Grayson joins the old Aggies Brandon Bowling (2021), Dominik Eberle (2015-19), Jacoby Wildman (2015-19), Jontrell Rocquemore (2015-18), Travis Seefeldt (2012-16), Chuckie Keeton (2011-15), Eric Moats (2009-11) and Geno Odong (2007), who were also nominated for the award. Keeton, now an assistant coach for the Aggies, was one of 22 players named to the 2014 Allstate AFCA Good Works team and represented Utah State at the 2015 Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Grayson is one of 114 Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) players nominated for the Allstate AFCA Good Works team. He is one of six Mountain West players on the roster, joining Colorado State’s A’Jon Vivens, Fresno State’s Jalen Cropper, Nevada State’s Christian Swint, San Diego State’s Michael Shawcroft and Jackson Marcotte of Wyoming.
Additionally, Grayson is one of only two Beehive State players to make the roster, joining Utah’s Dalton Kincaid.
Anderson is one of seven head coach candidates and one of two from WM, joining Colorado State’s Jay Norvell.
Established in 1992, the Allstate AFCA Good Works team is one of college football’s most coveted community service awards. Of the 114 nominees, the final list of 23 winners will feature 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 an honorary head coach. To be considered for a spot on the Allstate AFCA Good Works team, each player must be actively involved in a charitable organization or service group while maintaining a strong academic record.
This year’s nominees are scholars, leaders and community champions. They volunteered to build homes, nurture underserved children and feed the hungry, as well as fight domestic violence and civil injustice.
The final 22-member team and honorary coach are selected by a voting committee comprised of former Allstate AFCA Good Works team members and journalists. They seek exceptional leadership on and off the football field.
Troy Hawkes, executive vice president and general manager, Allstate Sales and Distribution, and Tim Tebow, two-time national champion, Heisman Trophy winner and member of the 2009 Allstate AFCA Good Works team, serve on the Allstate Team Selection Committee AFCA Good Works 2022, as well as with 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); Craig Bohl, 2022 AFCA President and University of Wyoming Head Coach, and current Virginia Union University Athletic Director Joe Taylor.
After the final team members were 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.
During the 2021 campaign, Grayson played in 13 games to finish the season with 30 tackles (18 solo, 12 assists), including 1.0 sacks and 3.0 tackles for loss, to go along with three pass breakups. Grayson had a season-high four tackles to go along with a pass breakup, against Boise State. He also had four tackles against Wyoming and against Oregon State in the Jimmy Kimmel LA Bowl.
Grayson graduated from USU in the fall of 2020 with a degree in integrated studies and is currently working on his master’s degree in sports management. He was a 2021 Academic Honoree and spends countless hours working with various groups/organizations on campus and in the community.
In his freshman season at Utah State, Anderson led the Aggies to their first-ever Mountain West championship with a 46-13 win at No. 19 San Diego State, their sixth bowl win in franchise history. school with a 24-13 win over Oregon State. in the Jimmy Kimmel LA Bowl, and a school-best 11 wins after being picked to finish fifth in MW’s Mountain Division in preseason polls. USU finished the season ranked 24th in the nation in the latest Associated Press poll, marking only the fifth time USU has completed a nationally ranked season.
Anderson, who was named 2021 AFCA Region 5 Coach of the Year and finalist for the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award, was the only freshman head coach in the country to lead his team with nine or more wins.
Utah State opens the 2022 season at home against Connecticut on Saturday, August 27. The game will be nationally televised on Fox Sports 1 at 2 p.m.
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