Richert Named as a Nominee for the AFCA Good Works Team
July 17, 2012
PITTSBURGH - Duquesne senior linebacker Zach Richert (Gibsonia, Pa./Pine-Richland) has been selected as a nominee for the 2012 Allstate AFCA Good Works team announced by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) today. The award recognizes the selfless contributions to volunteerism and community service made by college football student-athletes across the nation.
This is the second consecutive season Richert has been selected as a nominee for the prestigious team.
Richert, a team co-captain, has played in 32 of 33 games over the past three seasons. A standout member of DU's special teams, Richert has also established himself as one of the top third down specialists in the Northeast Conference. Nearly one-third of his 60 career tackles have come behind the line of scrimmage. Last year he contributed 19 tackles (10 solo) including 3.0 tackles for loss and 2.0 sacks, broke up a pass and forced a fumble for a DU team that finished 3rd nationally in total defense (281.6 ypg.) and 8th in scoring defense (18.3 ppg.).
Off the field, Richert - a secondary education/English major with a 3.89 GPA - has been named to the Duquesne University Director of Athletics Honor Roll multiple times. He is a member of the National Scholars Honor Society, the Golden Key International Honors Society and Phi Eta Sigma National Honors Society.
He was the recipient of the Outstanding Student Athlete of the Year Award which is annually presented at the Student Organization Leadership & Service Awards banquet by the Center for Student Involvement and Office of Greek Life. Richert, a Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Executive Board Member has been Duquesne's Atlantic 10 SAAC representative for the past two years.
In addition, he has participated in Together for Retarded Youth, North Hills Community Outreach, Make-a-Wish Foundation, Walk for Autism, Katie's Fund Advisory Board (Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh), One World Running and has taken part in DU's annual Toy Drive for Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh.
Richert is looking to join Jeremy Conley (2001) as the second Duquesne football player to earn a spot on the prestigious team.
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 two 11-player Good Works Teams® - one comprised of players from the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision and another representing 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.
Allstate and the AFCA will launch the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® website on ESPN.com featuring profiles and images of the final team members, as well as the opportunity for fans to vote for the 2012 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® Captain.
The 2012 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® voting panel includes: former Good Works Team® members Alex Van Pelt (Pittsburgh, 1992 team), Zaid Abdul-Aleem (Duke, 1994 team), Matt Stinchcomb (Georgia, 1997, 1998 teams), Grant Irons (Notre Dame, 1999 team), Brian Brenberg (St. Thomas, 2001 team), Mike Proman (Amherst, 2002 team); media members Lou Holtz (ESPN), Kirk Herbstreit (ESPN), Tom O'Toole (USA Today), Andy Staples (SI.com), Blair Kerkhoff (Kansas City Star); current AFCA President and Harvard University Head Coach Tim Murphy; 1987 AFCA President LaVell Edwards, former head coach at Brigham Young University; and Kathy Mabe, President, West Regions at Allstate.
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, service group or community service while maintaining a strong academic standing.