BOISE, Idaho – Richie Brockel, fullback for the Boise State University football team, has been selected as a nominee for the 2009 Allstate / American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Good Work Team. The Good Works Team honors college football players who make outstanding contributions in the areas of volunteerism and civic involvement.
A senior from Phoenix, Arizona and a co-captain for this year’s Bronco team, Brockel is among 106 nominees submitted by their respective school – the highest number of nominees in the 18-year history of the program. The 2009 class of nominees represents 41 states, including Washington, D.C., and 45 college athletic conferences.
In order to meet the criteria set forth by Allstate and AFCA, each player must be actively involved and committed to working with a charitable organization, service group or community service while maintaining good academic standing.
Brockel is Boise State’s starting fullback, while also seeing duty at tight end. In his three year’s playing for the Broncos, Brockel has caught 24 passes for 218 yards and six touchdowns.
He also excels in the classroom. In August of 2008 at the start of his junior season, he earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting. This December Brockel is scheduled to receive his master’s degree in accounting – receiving both degrees in just four and one-half year.
A special voting panel consisting of former Good Works Team members and prominent college football media members will be responsible for selecting this year’s NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision team.
Included among the panel are Kirk Herbstreit of ESPN, Dennis Dodd from CBSSports.com, Tony Barnhart of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Kelly Whiteside from USA Today, Ivan Maisel of ESPN.com, ESPN college football analyst and Hall of Famer Lou Holtz, current AFCA president and San Jose State University head coach Dick Tomey; and 1996 AFCA president Fisher DeBerry, former head coach at the United States Air Force Academy.