July 15, 2014
NORTHBROOK, Ill. - Baylor senior quarterback Bryce Petty is one of 182 nominees for the 2014 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, the American Football Coaches Association announced Tuesday.
Since 1992, the award has recognized a select group of college football players who have made a commitment to enriching the lives of others while contributing to the greater good of their communities.
A native of Midlothian, Texas, Petty enters his senior season at BU as one of the most-talented signal callers in the country. Last season, Petty was named All-America by Athlon and Sporting News, a consensus Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year. Petty led the Big 12 in passing yards (4,200, fourth nationally), total offense (339.2 yards/game, eighth nationally), passing touchdowns (32, 11th nationally), and rushing touchdowns (14, 19th nationally). He completed 250-of-403 passes (62.0 percent) and ran for 209 yards and 14 TDs on 94 rushes.
Petty has been active in the community by volunteering with the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization. Recently, Petty has spoken to youth groups around the state. He also traveled to Kenya for a two-week mission trip with Baylor's Sports Ministry group in 2011.
Petty graduated with a degree in health science studies in May of 2013. He has garnered Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll accolades seven times, while twice being named to the Academic All-Big 12 team. Petty is currently pursuing a Masters of Sports Management.
He is one of 90 nominees from a FBS school and one of nine from the Big 12 Conference.
In 2013, Petty earned the nominee distinction as well. Baylor's last player to be an AFCA Good Works Team member was Robert Griffin III in 2011.
From the nominees submitted by sports information directors across the nation on behalf of their schools, a special voting panel consisting of former Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® members and prominent college football media members will select the 2014 Good Works Team.® Comprised of 11 players from the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision and 11 players from the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision, Divisions II, III, and the NAIA, the final roster of 22 award recipients will be unveiled in September.
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 or service group while maintaining a strong academic standing.
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