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Fullback CJ Zimmerer was named to the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team.
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          Release: 09/17/2013
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Zimmerer Named to AFCA Good Works Team

Lincoln – University of Nebraska fullback CJ Zimmerer was honored for his efforts on and off the field on Tuesday, as he was named to the 2013 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®.

Zimmerer, a senior fullback from Omaha, has been a mainstay on the Husker offensive and special team units throughout his career. He has played in 31 career games, including a pair of starts this season. His efforts at fullback helped Nebraska lead the Big Ten in total offense and rushing offense during the 2012 season.

Off the field, Zimmerer served as the inaugural president of the Uplifting Athletes chapter at Nebraska during the 2012-13 year, raising money and awareness for pediatric brain cancer. A two-time member of the Brook Berringer Citizenship team, Zimmerer has also volunteered his time with team hospital and school visits, including Madonna Rehabilitation Center, Cub Scouts, School is Cool Week, Husker Hotline, Husker Connect and the YWCA. In the classroom, he graduated in 3.5 years and is a candidate for CoSIDA Academic All-America honors.

For more than two decades, the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® has recognized college football players at all levels of the sport for inspiring acts of service and off-the-field achievements. This summer, the program received a record 150 nominations from colleges and universities across the country.  From the nominations, an esteemed voting panel comprised of former Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® members and college football media selected 11 players from the Football Bowl Subdivision and 11 players from the Football Championship Subdivision, Divisions II, III and the NAIA to comprise the 22-player team.

“Allstate is thrilled to embark on another year of collaboration with the AFCA, and together honor this group of extraordinary young men for their “good works” in the community,” said Cynthia Whitfield, field senior vice president of Allstate’s Southern region and a member of the 2013 voting panel.  “As fans of college football, Allstate continues to be inspired by the remarkable performances that take place on the field, but equally inspiring are the acts of service that have earned these 22 players a spot on the 2013 AFCA Good Works Team®.”

Zimmerer is the 14th Husker football player to earn the honor since its inception in 1992, a total which ties Georgia for the national lead in that category.  Last year, I-back Rex Burkhead claimed the honor and was selected as the team captain based on fan voting. Other Huskers who have been selected for the Good Works team in previous years include Troy Branch (LB, 1992, 1993), Donta Jones (OLB, 1994), Aaron Graham (C, 1995), Jared Tomich (RE, 1996), Dan Alexander (IB, 1999), Patrick Kabongo (DT, 2001), Troy Hassebroek (WR, 2002), Sandro DeAngelis (P/PK, 2003), Mark LeFlore (WR, 2005), Dane Todd (FB, 2006) and Jared Crick (DT, 2011).

"The AFCA, along with our partner Allstate, has been honoring football student-athletes for their good works, volunteerism and community service for 22 years with the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team," Grant Teaff, AFCA Executive Director said. "The 2013 class of Good Works Team members is another great example of the outstanding athletes, and even better men, that our nation's college football programs produce each year."

Fans can vote for the 2013 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® Captain by visiting ESPN.com and searching “Good Works.”  Fans can learn more about this year’s team members and vote for the player who they feel represents the “best of the best” in the areas of giving back and contributing to the greater good of their communities.  The Team Captain and his fellow award recipients will be invited to New Orleans to take part in a community project leading up to the 2014 Allstate® Sugar Bowl®

Football Bowl Subdivision (I-A)

Name

Cl.

Pos.

School

Hometown

Fred Lee

Sr.

WR

Buffalo

Chester, S.C.

Nick Forbes

Jr.

LB

California

Frederick, Md.

Jordan Luallen

Sr.

FB

Cincinnati

Greenwood, Ind.

Dave Harding

Sr.

OL

Duke

Orlando, Fla.

Jacob Karam

Sr.

QB

Memphis

Friendswood, Texas

Stephen Morris

Sr.

QB

Miami (Fla.)

Miami, Fla.

C.J. Zimmerer

Sr.

RB

Nebraska

Omaha, Neb.

Asa Watson

Sr.

TE

North Carolina State

Rock Hill, S.C.

Jeff Budzien

Sr.

PK

Northwestern

Hartland, Wis.

Eric Soza

Sr.

QB

Texas at San Antonio

Beeville, Texas

Carey Spear

Sr.

PK

Vanderbilt

Mayfield Village, Ohio

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