Licata Named Finalist For Allstate Good Works Football Team

BUFFALO, NY – University at Buffalo junior quarterback Joe Licata has been named a finalist for the Allstate American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Good Works Team, as announced by the organization on Tuesday. The award recognizes a select group of college football players who have made a commitment to enriching the lives of others while contributing to the greater good of their communities.

The AFCA announced its 182 nominees for the 2014 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, the most ever in the award's 23-year history, including eight from Mid-American Conference schools. Licata is the second Bull in as many years to be named a finalist as Fred Lee earned a spot on the team in 2013.

Since 1992, the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team has honored college football players at all levels of the sport for their selfless acts of giving back to the community and off-the-field achievements. These student-athletes represent the sport's finest in the areas of volunteerism and leadership amongst their peers.

From the nominees submitted by sports information directors on behalf of their schools, a special voting panel consisting of former Good Works Team members and prominent college football media members is responsible for selecting two 11-player Good Works Teams – one comprised of players from the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision and another representing players from the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision, Divisions II, III, and the NAIA – to be announced in September.

In order to meet the criteria set forth by Allstate and the AFCA, each player must be actively involved and committed to working with a charitable organization, service group or community service while maintaining a strong academic standing.