While a handful of Chargers are making noise as selections to pre-season All-American teams for on-the-field success, Hillsdale College offensive lineman Phil Davignon is being recognized for what he does away from the football field.
Davignon, a 6' 7" 300 pound senior from Ypsilanti is one of 26 nominees vying for 11 spots on the Division 1AA through NAIA Good Works Team sponsored by All State insurance and The American Football Coaches Association.
According to a release from All State today, the award recognizes players who stand out amongst their peers in terms of charitable and community involvement.
Through a partnership announced this week, Allstate has teamed with the AFCA to honor the college football players whose involvement with charitable organizations and community service contributions stand out among the more than 50,000 student-athletes participating in the sport at all four-year collegiate institutions. From among the 71 nominations submitted by sports information directors on behalf of their team, a special selection committee assembled by the AFCA and Allstate will select two 11-player Good Works Teams(R) - one composed of players competing in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (I-A) and a combined team representing players competing in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (I-AA), Divisions II, III, and the NAIA.
Davignon is the only GLIAC player nominated.
When asked what types of activities Phil was involved in, he listed an impressive slate of involvement, "Coach Otterbein nominated me last spring for the Good Works Team, while at Hillsdale I've been involved with Big Brothers/Big Sisters, and the Salvation Army youth program. I've also volunteered at Hillsdale Preparatory Academy and I've helped out with the youth group at my church, St. Anthony's."
The complete release and list of players nominated is available to read here.