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BO CORDELL NAMED NOMINEE FOR AFCA GOOD WORKS TEAM
NORTHBROOK, Ill. --- Tusculum College quarterback Bo Cordell has been named one of the 117 national nominees for the 2012 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team announced officials Tuesday.
The award recognizes the selfless contributions to volunteerism and community service made by college football student-athletes across the nation.
From the nominees submitted by sports information directors across the nation on behalf of their schools, a special voting panel consisting of former Good Works Team® members and prominent college football media members will select two 11-player Good Works Teams® – one comprising of players from the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision and another representing players from the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision, Divisions II, III, and the NAIA. The 22 student-athletes named to the 2012 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team will be announced in September.
Cordell, a redshirt junior from Cincinnati, Ohio, is one of 65 players representing the combined group of NCAA FCS, Division II, Division III and NAIA. He is also one of only three honorees from the South Atlantic Conference with Carson-Newman’s Kevin Day and Wingate’s Robbie Nallenweg.
The 6-1, 185-pound signal caller had his 2011 campaign halted in the third game of the season when he suffered a fractured foot against North Greenville.
Cordell led all NCAA divisions (FBS, FCS, II, III) in total offensive yards per game, passing yards per game and completions per game in 2010. He was named the 2010 South Atlantic Conference Offensive Player of the Year and finished fourth in the voting for the Harlon Hill Trophy, which recognizes the Division II National Player of the Year. He was also named the State College Football Player of the Year by the Tennessee Sports Writers Association.
He was named the 2010 NCAA II National Statistical Champion for total offensive yards per game (425.45 ypg), passing yards per game (423.36 ypg), completions per game (35.82 cpg) and points responsible for per game (26.00 ppg).
The 2010 Daktronics and Football Gazette All-Super Region 2 First Team honoree passed for a school and SAC record 4,657 yards, which was third in NCAA II and fifth most for all NCAA divisions. Cordell threw for 38 touchdowns, a new school single-season mark and the 25th most in NCAA II history. He also established school and SAC records with 394 completions (3rd in NCAA II history), 605 pass attempts (3rd in NCAA II history) and 702 total offensive attempts (3rd in NCAA II history). He was also named to the D2Football.com and Football Gazette All-America teams.
The Indian Hill High School graduate passed for over 400 yards in nine consecutive games in 2010, which is a new TC, SAC and NCAA II record. He was named SAC Offensive Player of the Week four times this year and twice honored as national offensive player of the week by D2football.com and D2 Sports Insider.
Cordell enters this season as the program's all-time leader in pass completions (778) and second in career passing yards (9,101 - 7th in SAC history), pass attempts (1207), TD passes (64), total offensive yards (9,003 - 7th in SAC history), total offensive attempts (1,407) and .645 career completion percentage (778-of-1207). He owns 12 of the top-18 single-game passing yardage performances in school history, including the top four.
Off the field, Cordell has been very active within the community including: Tusculum College Mentors Program, Earth Day, Lunch Buddies Program, Boys and Girls Club Youth Football Clinic, Habitat for Humanity, Cincinnati Homeless Soup Kitchen, Holston Home for Children, Adopt-a-Highway Program and the Pioneer Student Athlete Advisory Council.
Cordell is a member of the Tusculum Athletic Director’s Honor Roll and is majoring in business. He was also the 2011 recipient of the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame Outstanding Achievement Award.
This year marks the program’s 21st year honoring college football players at all levels of competition, which stand out for their “good works” in the community. Since 1992, selection to the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team has become the gold standard for off-the-field character and leadership for college football players. The honor is widely considered the sport’s pre-eminent community service award.
“After looking through the list of nominees for the 2012 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, we are recognizing some of the best student-athletes in all of college football,” said Grant Teaff, executive director of the American Football Coaches Association. “These 117 nominees understand the impact each of them has on their schools and communities, and it gives me great pleasure in recognizing their efforts for what they stand for, and what they mean to college football.”
The 2012 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team voting panel includes: former Good Works Team members Alex Van Pelt (Pittsburgh, 1992 team), Zaid Abdul-Aleem (Duke, 1994 team), Matt Stinchcomb (Georgia, 1997, 1998 teams), Grant Irons (Notre Dame, 1999 team), Brian Brenberg (St. Thomas, 2001 team), Mike Proman (Amherst, 2002 team); media members Lou Holtz (ESPN), Kirk Herbstreit (ESPN), Tom O’Toole (USA Today), Andy Staples (SI.com), Blair Kerkhoff (Kansas City Star); current AFCA President and Harvard University Head Coach Tim Murphy; 1987 AFCA President LaVell Edwards, former head coach at Brigham Young University; and Kathy Mabe, President, West Regions at Allstate.
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 good academic standing.
Cordell will be looking to become the third Pioneer to earn a spot on the AFCA Good Works Team®. Former All-American linebacker Craig Pritchett (2003) and Academic All-America® placekicker Glen Black (2006) were the previous recipients of this prestigious honor.
Tusculum will kick off the 2012 campaign on Sept. 1 as the Pioneers travel to Urbana University for a noon kickoff in Urbana, Ohio.