Skyler Fulton Named To AFCA Good Works Team
Sept. 17, 2003
WACO, Texas - The American Football Coaches Association has announced their 2003 Good Works Team and Arizona State senior wide receiver Skyler Fulton has been named to the 11-man Division I-A team. Fulton, the Sun Devils' leading receiver, who is ranked 10th in the nation in receiving yards per game, is receiving well-deserved recognition for his work off of the football field.
Fulton dedicates much of his free time to giving assistance to others. He has worked and taught in three schools whose population is primarily minority and underprivileged and has also helped to raise his teammate's and close friend's toddler son, watching the child so his teammate can attend class, workout and meet with tutors. Additionally, during the fall semesters, he spends a great deal of time with the incoming freshman football student-athletes to help them transition into the culture of intercollegiate athletics.
In 2000, Mike Aguirre was the last Sun Devil to be named to the Good Works Team.
The Southeastern Conference boasts four schools with student-athletes selected to the 2003 American Football Coaches Association Good Works Team, while St. Thomas earned its record sixth-straight selection. Georgia leads all SEC schools with eight student-athletes chosen for the team, while Mississippi and Tennessee have each had five student-athletes selected. Auburn earned its second selection this year. Leading the way for both teams is Nebraska. The Cornhuskers have had nine student-athletes chosen for the team, including one in each of the last three years. Averett, Carson-Newman, Chowan, La Salle, Texas A&M-Kingsville, Tusculum and Wartburg all earned Good Works honors for the first time.
The two 11-man teams, a Division I-A team and a combined team from Divisions I-AA, II, III and the NAIA, honor players for their dedication and commitment to community service. From 1992-1996, the Good Works Team was selected by the College Football Association. When the CFA disbanded in 1997, the AFCA began selecting the teams.
'It never ceases to amaze me to see the contributions student-athletes make to their communities,' AFCA Executive Director Grant Teaff. 'Often times, these young men are better known for the good things they do on the field. The AFCA is proud to recognize these student-athletes for the good things they do in their communities.'
The criteria for selection were as follows. Nominations were submitted to the AFCA by the college sports information departments. Nominees have to be actively involved and committed to working with a charitable organization, service group or involved in other community service activities.
Candidates have to display sincere concern and reliability, while also having made a favorable impression on the organizations with which they are involved. Athletic ability is not a criterion.
2003 AFCA Good Works Teams
Name Cl. Pos. School Head Coach Hometown (High School)
Kevin Burnett Sr. LB Tennessee Phillip Fulmer Carson, Calif. (Dominguez)
Sandro DeAngelis Jr. P/PK Nebraska Frank Solich Niagra Falls, Ontario (St. Joseph's Collegiate)
David Greene Jr. QB Georgia Mark Richt Snellville, Ga. (South Gwinnett)
Yazid Jackson Sr. DB Temple Bobby Wallace Sayreville, N.J. (Sayreville War Memorial)
Anthony Kiner Sr. TE W. Michigan Gary Darnell Tinley Park, Ill. (Tinley Park)
Mewelde Moore Sr. RB Tulane Chris Scelfo Baton Rouge, La. (Belaire)
Jamil Northcutt Sr. LB Mississippi David Cutcliffe Tullahoma, Tenn. (Tullahoma)
Reggie Torbor Sr. DL Auburn Tommy Tuberville Baton Rouge, La. (Lee)
Courtney Watson Sr. LB Notre Dame Tyrone Willingham Sarasota, Fla. (Riverview)
Quintin Williams Sr. FS Wake Forest Jim Grobe Goldsboro, N.C. (Rosewood)
Divisions I-AA, II, III, and NAIA
Name Cl. Pos. School Head Coach Hometown (High School)
Timothy Frazier Sr. QB Hampton Joe Taylor Baltimore, Md. (Baltimore Polytechnic)
Les Garnett Jr. OL Averett Mike Dunlevy Hague, Va. (Washington and Lee)
Craig Janney Sr. P/PK Chowan Steve Gill Vinton, Va. (William Byrd)
John Kaiser Sr. LB St. Thomas Don Roney Mora, Minn. (Mora)
Joey King Jr. QB Carson-Newman Ken Sparks Cedartown, Ga. (Cedartown)
Paris McLean Sr. DB La Salle Archie Stalcup Bordentown, N.J. (Princeton Day)
Zach Michael Sr. WR Lawrence David Brown Appleton, Wis. (East)
Kevin Palmer Sr. OL Texas A&M-Kingsville Richard Cundiff Pleasanton, Texas (Pleasanton)
Craig Pritchett Sr. LB Tusculum Frankie DeBusk Rossville, Ga. (Ridgeland)
Matthew Stoffel Sr. LB Wartburg Rick Willis Dubuque, Iowa (Wahlert)
Paul Whiting Sr. DB Amherst E.J. Mills Mission Viejo, Calif. (Mission Viejo)
Other Player Bios for Division I-A Good Works Team---
Kevin Burnett, LB, Senior, Tennessee: Has volunteered more than 150 hours of community service to groups in East Tennessee ... worked with the East Tennessee Boys and Girls Club, East Tennessee Children's Hospital and Vine and Austin East Middle School ... is active in the Vols in Schools Program, Habitat for Humanity ... has been involved with the voter registration drive ... served as speaker and mentor for numerous little league teams ... distributed child identification kits to various organizations in the Knoxville area.
Sandro DeAngelis, P/PK, Junior, Nebraska: Was elected as a representative to the Student-Athlete Advisory Board ... is a spokesperson for the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office D.A.R.E. program ... volunteer speaker at I've Got Heart Program ... speaker at School is Cool Week in spring of 2002 and 2003 ... speaker at Lincoln Midget Football Team Banquets .. participated in Halloween Trick or Treat Street, 2001 and 2002 ... volunteer judge for the Pinewood Derby Event for the Boy Scouts.
David Greene, QB, Junior, Georgia: Has worked with a number of charities including Habitat for Humanity, the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association and the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia ... has also been involved in the local school system, speaking on the awareness for safe campus and safe prom night activities ... worked as a mentor to students with behavioral and motivation problems ... has also been involved in various reading programs at local schools.
Yazid Jackson, DB, Senior, Temple: Has joined with former high school teammate and current Notre Dame linebacker Brandon Hoyte to form an alumni advisory group for student-athletes at their alma mater, Sayreville War Memorial High School ... volunteers his time at Mount Arrat Baptist Church working as a mentor and youth counselor ... participated in a community clean up of Martin Luther King High School, located in Philadelphia ... visited ill children at Temple University Children's Hospital.
Anthony Kiner, TE, Senior, Western Michigan: Is a regular in the Western Michigan hospital visitation program ... has taken part in the Broncos' Habitat for Humanity project ... assisted in the Western Michigan Curious Kids football camps ... has participated in Reading Week activities ... participated in a charitable car wash for The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Kalamazoo ... has helped clean a local historic neighborhood.
Mewelde Moore, RB, Senior, Tulane: Honored with the Community Service Award for Business Ethics from Tulane's Freeman School of Business in recognition of the student that goes above and beyond the call of duty to share with students the importance of social responsibility in business and personal accountability after working with students from a local inner-city school ... active with local elementary schools, including reading programs and speaking to young kids ... also active in hospital visitations.
Jamil Northcutt, LB, Senior, Mississippi: Mentor for Oxford High School Fellowship of Christian Athletes ... motivational speaker for FCA ... helps out at the North Mississippi Regional Center ... has played a key role in the 'Reading With The Rebels' program at local city, county and private schools .. visits day care center playing with and reading to the children ... participated in 'Rebels for Nix' drive, which helped raise money for former Southern Mississippi runningback Derrick Nix's successful kidney transplant.
Reggie Torbor, DL, Senior, Auburn: Participated in Read Across America, reading to children at 10 schools via satellite ... is an Auburn City Schools volunteer, making regular visits to local schools ... Camp War Eagle speaker, speaking to incoming freshmen of Auburn on-campus orientation .. also participated in Toys for Tots, delivering toys to underprivileged children at Christmas ... member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes .. Spirit Day volunteer.
Courtney Watson, LB, Senior, Notre Dame: Was responsible for creating and developing Notre Dame football's team community service initiative entitled Tackle the Arts. Tackle the Arts connects Irish football players with children in the community for scholastic purposes ... also participated in the St. Joseph County City Bureau Youth Fest in the summer of 2001 ... he has also been a four-year participant in the Notre Dame student-run basketball tournament called Bookstore Basketball.
Quintin Williams, FS, Senior, Wake Forest: member of the Wake Forest Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, serving as vice president of the organization for the 2003-04 school year ... is helping to start the SAM's Program (Student-Athlete Mentor) as well as a Freshman Mentoring program ... participated in 'Eat With the Deacs' program ... has volunteered for Special Olympics and Habitat for Humanity.
Player Bios for Division I-AA, II, III and NAIA Good Works Team
Timothy Frazier QB, Senior, Hampton: Has participated in Chick-fil-A Kid's Nite, visiting with a local Chick-fil-A franchise and spending time with the children and parents who visited the store ... additionally, he assisted with a fund-raiser aimed at purchasing a wheelchair accessible van for a Chick-fil-A employee's daughter ... as a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, he and the football gospel choir prefromed at a local homeless shelter ... also helped conduct a Thanksgiving Basket Drive.
Les Garnett, OL, Junior, Averett: Is a member of the Danville Big Brothers ... serves as a YMCA youth basketball coach ... has volunteered to help special needs student for a semester at Park Avenue Elementary School ... also volunteered for Field Day at park Avenue Elementary and Forrest Hills Elementary in Danville ... reads to students at Apple Tree Elementary ... volunteer for Upward Bound, a program to help minority students get information about colleges.
Craig Janney, P/PK, Senior, Chowan: Is the vice president of Chowan's Fellowship of Christian Athletes ... member of the Praise Band, Chowan College Band affiliated with the campus chapel ... on both the Dean's and President's Lists ... youth minister for Murfreesboro Methodist Church ... involved with Habitat for Humanity ... developed Mow and Go, Rake and Run, a program for older people in the church congregation who need help with their lawns ... 'Locks and Love' donor, donates his hair for wigs for cancer patients.
John Kaiser, LB, Senior, St. Thomas (Minn.): Serves as a math tutor at ParkBrook Elementary ... a three-year volunteer at the annual St. Thomas on-campus Faculty/Staff Family Christmas party ... volunteers at local Toys for Tots chapter ... volunteer at St. Mary's Catholic Church, working the church carnival and general maintenance ... volunteers for his hometown Mora Summer Baseball Program ... also volunteers at the St. Thomas Football Alumni Golf Tournament.
Joey King, QB, Junior, Carson-Newman: Has worked for the Jefferson County Habitat for Humanity ... has been very active with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Huddle, serving as one of its officers .. is involved with a reading program at local elementary schools ... assisted with a community neighborhood food drive ... has served as a speaker to various religious organizations in the community ... assisted with the construction of a walking and nature trail at a nearby Tennessee Valley Authority facility.
Paris McLean, DB, Senior, La Salle: Has been involved in the La Salle Annual Phone-a-thon, which helps raise money for the University Fund .. a member of Project Beautiful, a community clean-up project ... was an orientation leader to give information to incoming freshmen ... a volunteer at the Belfield Recreation Center ...a member of Project Teamwork Study Program, where he tutored fourth grade students in math.
Zach Michael, WR, Senior, Lawrence: Has been heavily involved in the Challenger Division for the third-straight year. The Challenger Division allows boys and girls with physical or mental disabilities to experience the fun of baseball ... a volunteer at the local Boys and Girls Club .. he has also has been involved with Big Brothers/Big Sisters, working on fund-raising projects and taking kids out into the community or to events on the Lawrence campus.
Kevin Palmer, OL, Senior, Texas A&M-Kingsville: Has made several visits to Driscoll Children's Hospital in Corpus Christi, Texas to visit with patients ... has been a volunteer for Special Olympics throughout his collegiate career ... has volunteered his time with the Boys and Girls Club of Kingsville ... took part in a home visit to a young man with cancer .. has participated in a reading program at local middle schools ... has been a part of Play Day at the football stadium.
Craig Pritchett, LB, Senior, Tusculum: Active with the Big Brothers program in the Greeneville/Greene County area ... helped initiate the 'Lunch Buddies program in which Tusculum football players have lunch twice a week with youth in area elementary schools ... also active with 'Keep Greene Clean' and helped build a nature trail at a school ... tutors disabled children in school work at Holston Home for Children ... helped in renovation project of a local theatre.
Matt Stoffel, LB, Senior, Wartburg: Works with Waverly-area Habitat for Humanity building projects ... President of the 2003-04 Student-Athlete Advisory Committee ... student instructor on macro-economics courses ... member of Wartburg's mathematics honor society ... joins his teammates in visits to children at Bremwood Lutheran Home ... part of Community Builder classes in which students lead discussion groups with Waverly-area business people.
Paul Whiting, DB, Senior, Amherst: Member of the Leadership Team, Amherst Christian Fellowship. The group of four students and a faculty advisor meet to plan and carry out weekly events for the Christian fellowship .. Student Leader of Athletes in Action ... involved in 'Not Bread Alone' Soup Kitchen, spending Saturdays and Sundays cooking serving and eating meals with homeless people and low-income families.