NORTHBROOK, Ill. – Tim Johnson (Oakdale, Pa.), a senior offensive lineman on the University of New Hampshire football team, is one of a record-breaking 182 nominees for the 2014 Allstate American Football Coaches Association Good Works Team, the organizations announced Tuesday morning.
The Allstate AFCA Good Works Team is one of the most 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.
Johnson, who was named to the inaugural America East Helping Hands Team in June 2014, was the UNH athletic department's liaison with the student spirit group to encourage students to attend athletic events. He played an instrumental role in the National Girls and Women's in Sport Day by organizing student-athletes to act as greeters and be part of games. Johnson also organized team representatives to produce the University's "You Can Play" video and made significant contributions to other initiatives, including Hoops for Hunger, Toys for Tots, Soles 4 Souls and Pease Greeters.
Johnson returned to the offensive line last year; he redshirted the 2010 season on the offensive side of the ball, but then transitioned to defensive tackle for the 2011 and 2012 seasons. The 6-foot-2, 294-pounder saw action in four games a year ago.
Since its establishment in 1992, the award has existed to pay tribute to the good in college football extending beyond the sport itself. While balancing academics and athletics, these student-athletes who are nominated by their respective institutions have committed their limited free time to make a lasting impact on communities.
Comprised of 11 players from the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision and 11 more from the Combined Divisions (NCAA Football Championship Subdivision, Division II, Division III and the NAIA), the final roster of 22 award recipients will be named in September. Fans will then vote for the team captain on ESPN.com.
Each nominee must meet the criteria of being actively involved and committed to working with a charitable organization or service group while maintaining strong academic status.
The University of New Hampshire Wildcats, who advanced to the NCAA semifinals a year ago, open the 2014 season Saturday, August 30 (7 p.m.) at University of Toledo.
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