Sun Devil Football Preseason Watch List Central
ALLSTATE'S AFCA GOOD WORKS TEAM (7/21)
Sun Devil Football senior fullback/h-back Case Hatch was named to the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®, the American Football Coaches Association announced on July 21st.
The nominees are student-athletes with exemplary community service, academic dedication and impact on and off the field. Case Hatch more than fits the criteria, as he has given his time to help others his entire life.
Hatch is part of several organizations and participates in community service efforts throughout the Valley. Dating back to 2019, he has been volunteering his time with Feed My Starving Children, attending 2-3 events a year during the holiday season. During that time he has also been involved in an organization called Work for Just Serve, which offers an ongoing list of service opportunities. He is also a part of a church that puts on events for youth groups, kids aged 12-18, bringing in speakers and providing support.
Since 2021, Hatch has volunteered with Neighbors Who Care, working with the organization about once a month, helping less fortunate families with various needs. He has also recently gotten involved with the Arizona Animal Wellness Center with his wife, working at a shelter in Gilbert. Once a month they spend a few hours helping clean out kennels, refill water and food, and interacting with the dogs.
Prior to his arrival at ASU, he went on two-year mission to Fort Lauderdale. Hatch took advantage of several local volunteer opportunities that the church offered, using this time away from football to assist the community.
Hatch is also known for his "good work" on the field, serving as a captain and emerging as a team leader in 2021. He helped pave the way for Rachaad White's 1,000-yard rushing season out of his fullback position, taking pride in doing the dirty work. Hatch has been a major contributor on special teams throughout his career, including being named a First Team Pac-12 All-Conference specialist back in 2019. His combination of physicality, versatility, and intelligence will be a major asset for new offensive coordinator Glenn Thomas.
AWARD SELECTION PROCESS
The final 22-member team and honorary coach are selected by a voting panel of former Allstate AFCA Good Works Team members and journalists. They look for exceptional leadership on and off the football field. After the final team members are announced in September, fans can vote for this year's Allstate AFCA Good Works Team captain through the official page on ESPN.com.
Established in 1992, the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team is one of the most coveted community service awards in college football. From the 114 nominees, the final roster of 23 award recipients will bring together 11 players from the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision; 11 players from the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision, Divisions II, III and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA); and one honorary head coach. To be considered for a spot on the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, each player must be actively involved with a charitable organization or service group while maintaining strong academic standing.
DOAK WALKER AWARD (7/19)
Sun Devil Football senior running back Xazavian Valladay was named to the 2022 Doak Walker Award Preseason Watch List, the PwC SMU Athletic Forum announced on July 19.
The Forum annually presents the Doak Walker Award to the nation's top college running back. As the nation's top returning statistical rusher, Xazavian Valladay claims his rightful spot on the prestigious list.
Valladay joins Arizona State after four seasons at Wyoming, where he emerged as one of the nation's most complete running backs. The workhorse carried the ball 626 times as a Cowboy, rushing for 3,281 yards and 19 touchdowns. He left Laramie second in program history in career rushing yards and is the leading returning rusher in the nation. His versatile skill set makes him one of the most unique offensive weapons in the country. The running back can also do damage as a receiver out of the backfield, hauling in 51 passes for 584 yards and two touchdowns at Wyoming.
He eclipsed 1,000 yards on two occasions, highlighted by a 1,265-yard campaign in 2019 which was the third-most yards in single-season program history. Thanks to his efforts, he was named First Team All-MWC. He would go on to lead the Mountain West Conference in rushing in both 2019 & 2020. During an outstanding 2021 season, Valladay rushed for 1,070 yards on his way to earning Second Team All-MWC honors. Through the course of his Cowboy career, he put together 14 100-yard performances with the Cowboys, including a 204-yard game in the Arizona Bowl victory over Georgia State in 2019.
Valladay is a great fit for new offensive coordinator Glenn Thomas' scheme, a system which helped UNLV running back Charles Williams become the program's all-time leading rusher.
AWARD SELECTION PROCESS
The PwC SMU Athletic Forum Board of Directors will name ten semifinalists in November, and three finalists, as voted on by the Doak Walker Award National Selection Committee, will be announced in November. The committee will cast a second vote in December to determine the recipient. The National Selection Committee consists of past recipients, former NFL All-Pro and college All-America running backs, media members and selected special representatives. The recipient of the 2022 Doak Walker Award will be announced live on The Home Depot College Football Awards. The award is named for SMU's three-time All-America running back Doak Walker.
PRESEASON WATCH LIST SCHEDULE
Monday July 18: Maxwell Award
Tuesday July 19: Davey O'Brien Award
Wednesday July 20: Doak Walker Award
Thursday July 21: Biletnikoff Award
Friday July 22: John Mackey Award, Rimington Trophy
Monday July 25: Butkus Award & Paycom Jim Thorpe Award
Tuesday July 26: Bronko Nagurski Trophy & Outland Trophy
Wednesday July 27: Lou Groza Award & Ray Guy Award
Thursday July 28: Paul Hornung Award & Wuerffel Trophy
Friday July 29: Walter Camp Award
Monday August 1: Bednarik Award