Seven Big Ten student-athletes highlight the record 132-nominee field for the 2011 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team as announced on Tuesday. The seven nominees tie the Big Ten with the Big 12 and the Big East for the most of any conference. The award recognizes the selfless contributions to volunteerism and community service made by college football student-athletes across the nation. To meet the criteria for the award, the student-athletes must be involved in a charity and maintain good academic standing.
The Big Ten players appearing among the 56 FBS nominees are Indiana's Leon Beckum, Iowa's Eric Guthrie, Michigan's Patrick Omameh, Minnesota's Donald Wilhite, Nebraska's Jared Crick, Northwestern's Al Netter and Purdue's Rob Henry.
Four Big Ten student-athletes earned the honor in 2010 as Indiana's Ben Chappell, Michigan State's Kirk Cousins, Northwestern's Corbin Bryant and Penn State's Stefen Wisniewski each were selected to the 11-player team.