Morningside's Sitzmann Receives National Honor
By Dave Rebstock, Morningside (Iowa) Sports Information Director
SIOUX CITY, Iowa – Morningside College’s (Iowa) Jordan Sitzmann, a 6-1, 175 lb. senior punter from Le Mars, Iowa, has been named to the 2013 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team announced by Allstate Insurance Company and the American Football Coaches Association.
For more than two decades the award has recognized college football players at all levels committed to making a difference in their communities and the lives of others. A program-record 150 players were nominated this year and from that list a voting panel comprised of former Allstate AFCA Good Works Team members and college football media selected 11 players from the Football Bowl Subdivision and 11 players from the Football Championship Subdivision, Divisions II, III and the NAIA to comprise this year’s 22-player team.
The members of the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team will be invited to New Orleans to take part in a special volunteer project leading up to the 2014 Allstate Sugar Bowl on Jan. 2 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, where they will be introduced at halftime.
Fans can vote for an Allstate AFCA Good Works Team Captain by visiting http://promo.espn.go.com/espn/contests/allstate/2013/goodworks/phase1/index.
Sitzmann was selected to the Good Works Team for his volunteer service and mission work. He has twice taken part in two-week mission trips to Honduras to help construct water systems for villages in El Junco and La Florida, and in the summer of 2012 he spent 10 days in Haiti to construct window screens for an orphanage near Cap Haitien. Sitzmann has done volunteer work for various organizations, including the Siouxland Food Bank and Countryside Retirement Home in Sioux City, Then Feed Just One, Kids Against Hunger, and the Alzheimer’s Association in Le Mars, Iowa, and the American Heart Association.
Sitzmann is in his third season as the Mustangs’ starting punter. He has punted 101 times during his Morningside career, of which 32 resulted in a fair catch and 25 others were downed inside the 20. The Mustangs have surrendered only 75 punt return yards to their opponents since the start of the 2011 season with Sitzmann as their punter. Sitzmann was a second-team Capital One Academic All-American as a sophomore and a Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete as a junior.
Sitzmann is the second Morningside player named to the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team in the last three years. The Mustangs’ Colby Rohde was selected to the 2011 team.
Aside from Sitzmann, the other members of the Football Championship Subdivision, Divisions II, III and NAIA Allstate AFCA Good Works Team are: Tyler Simmons of Aurora, J.D. Mehlhorn of Bethel (Minn.), Curt Duncan of Carson-Newman, Ryan Cobb of Delaware, Miles Williams of Elon, Kevin Rodgers of Henderson State, David Brackett of Kenyon, Jordan Reid of North Carolina Central, Winston Wright of South Dakota State, and Bo Cordell of Tusculum.
The members of the Football Bowl Subdivision Allstate AFCA Good Works Team are: Fred Lee of Buffalo, Nick Forbes of California, Jordan Luallen of Cincinnati, Dave Harding of Duke, Jacob Karam of Memphis, Stephen Morris of Miami, C.J. Zimmerer of Nebraska, Asa Watson of North Carolina State, Jeff Budzien of Northwestern, Eric Soza of Texas at San Antonio, and Carey Spear of Vanderbilt.
The Allstate AFCA Good Works Teams were established in 1992 by the College Football Association, recognizing the extra efforts made by college football players and student support staff off the field. AFCA became the governing body of the award in 1997 and continues to honor college football players who go the extra mile for those in need. Allstate partnered to present the award starting with the 2008 season.