July 17, 2012
DEKALB, Ill. - Northern Illinois University's Jason Schepler is one of 117 nominees for the 2012 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®, Allstate Insurance Company and the American Football Coaches Association announced today.
Schepler, a tight end from Sycamore, Ill., returns to the field after missing the 2011 campaign due to injury. A leader on and off the field, he didn't let a season-ending injury slow his community involvement. One of the team leaders in community service hours while continuing to be an integral part of the NIU football program, the senior was also at practice everyday and on the sidelines on game day, mentoring the Huskie tight end unit throughout NIU's 2011 MAC Championship season.
A member of the Huskies' Leadership Council who has excelled in one of the most challenging majors on campus, Schepler tallies at least 14 hours of community service projects each semester. His various community service projects range from working with elementary school kids to spending time with the elderly. Schepler also excels in the classroom, maintaining a 3.85 grade point average in electrical engineering.
The Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® recognizes a select group of college football players who have shown outstanding commitment to community service and volunteerism. From the nominees, 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 (FBS) and another representing players from the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision, Divisions II, III, and NAIA. The final roster of 22 award recipients will be unveiled in September.
A total of 52 student-athletes from FBS were nominated, included three from the Mid-American Conference. Joining Schepler are Ronnie Goble of Bowling Green State and Central Michigan's Cody Wilson.
Northern Illinois has had two student-athletes named to the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®. In 2008, Matt Simon
became the school's first selection, while Adam Kiel
earned a spot on the 2010 squad.
After winning its final nine games of the season, including the Mid-American Conference Championship and GoDaddy.com Bowl, NIU takes the nation's longest Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) winning streak into the 2012 season-opener when the Huskies play host to Iowa at Chicago's Soldier Field on Sept. 1. Tickets to Soldier Field Showdown III are now on sale through Ticketmaster by calling 1-800-745-3000, or online at www.Ticketmaster.com.
Northern Illinois 2012 football season tickets are on sale through the NIU Athletics External Office at 815-753-1923 or online at www.NIUHuskies.com for just $120 for the full six-game Huskie Stadium season. Mini-plans, featuring any three Huskie Stadium games, can be purchased for $60, while NIU's HuskieLand Plan provides a ticket to the season-opener versus Tennessee-Martin (Sept. 8), the Kansas game (Sept. 22) and the MAC West rivalry game versus Toledo (Nov. 14) along with $45 in gift cards from Buffalo Wild Wings, Village Commons Bookstore and HyVee.