Cantrell is nominee for AFCA Good Works Team

WCHS former athlete in line for prestigious recognition

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Tusculum University’s Andrew Cantrell has been named a nominee for the 2022 Allstate / American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Good Works Team.

Cantrell, a graduate student from Sparta, is one of 114 college football student-athletes who is being recognized for exemplary community service, academic dedication and is an impact player both on and off the field. He is the lone South Atlantic Conference representative and one of only seven NCAA Division II players recognized.

Established in 1992, the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team is one of the most coveted community service awards in college football. From the 114 nominees, the final roster of 23 award recipients will bring together 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 one honorary head coach. To be considered for a spot on the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, each player must be actively involved with a charitable organization or service group while maintaining strong academic standing.

Cantrell’s community service and volunteerism efforts include: Crumley House Rehabilitation Center, Greeneville Humane Society and Young Life.

Cantrell earned his undergraduate degree from Tusculum in May. He graduated with cum laude honors as he earned his bachelor of science degree in chemistry and pre-pharmacy, and finished with a 3.70 cumulative grade point average.

He is a member of the South Atlantic Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll, Dean’s List, Athletic Director’s Honor Roll and Charles Oliver Gray Honors List. He was also named to the Division II Athletic Directors Association Honor Roll.

“Andrew is an outstanding nominee for the AFCA Good Works Team,” said TU head football coach Jerry Odom. “I am very happy for Andrew in being recognized for his efforts in the community, in the classroom and on the field. He is great example of what a model college student-athlete should be.”

The two-time CoSIDA Academic All-American® has appeared in all 37 games of his collegiate career as Tusculum’s punter where he is third in program history with 188 career punts, while his 7,211 career punting yards are third-most in the school record book. His 38.36 career yards per punt average is ninth-best in TU history and has accounted for 58 punts inside the opponent’s 20-yard line (3rd in TU history).

In 2021, Cantrell averaged 40.1 yards per punt, which was the third-best average in the conference and 28th in NCAA Division II. Of his 48 punts, 20 resulted in fair catches, which were the most in the league. He also posted 18 punts inside the 20-yard line, which were second in the SAC.

“For 31 years, the AFCA Good Works Team has recognized the inspirational work of thousands of young men off the football field,” said Troy Hawkes, executive vice president and general manager, Allstate Sales and Distribution. “Allstate and AFCA celebrate these athletes as an example for how each of us can be true champions. Their selflessness makes the sport and communities across the country that much better.”

“While these players are tremendous athletes on the field, they are even better people off of it. They realize that giving back is one of the most important things you can do in your life, and I am inspired by how they have used their opportunities to make life better for those around them,” said Tim Tebow, two-time national champion, Heisman Trophy winner and 2009 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team member. “The impact they make will go well beyond their football careers. These men represent the true heart of our sport.”

The final 22-member team and honorary coach are selected by a voting panel of former Allstate AFCA Good Works Team members and journalists. They look for exceptional leadership on and off the football field. The team will be announced in September.

In addition to Tebow and Hawkes, the 2022 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team selection panel members are: 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); 2022 AFCA President and University of Wyoming head coach Craig Bohl and current Athletic Director at Virginia Union University Joe Taylor.

Three Pioneers have advanced to the 22-member AFCA Good Works Team including: Craig Pritchett (2003), Glen Black (2006) and Bo Cordell (2013).    

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