Duncan lands on Allstate AFCA Good Works team

JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. – Carson-Newman football kicker Curt Duncan has been named to the Allstate AFCA Good Works team.  He becomes the third Eagle in three years – following Byron Bell (2011) and Kevin Day (2012) – to make the team.

Carson-Newman and Nebraska are the only two football program's in the country to have three consecutive players honored by Allstate and the American Football Coaches' Association. 

"To see where the Lord has brought me from," Duncan said. "And taken care of so many drastic things that could have happened to me.  It's such a testimony to the Cross and what Jesus has done for me.  It's just a true privilege."

Duncan was a CoSIDA Academic All-American a year ago and made the preseason BSN all-America team.

His exploits off the field are perhaps even more prolific. 

From his infancy to age 16, Duncan was raised in the mission fields of South Africa. His

father, Alan Duncan, a former kicker at the University of Tennessee, raised Curt to help others.

As such, from the age of 8 to his sophomore year in high school, he actively guided native South Africans to a life of Christ.

"This is more of an honor than anything on the field because we spend more time off the field than on it," Duncan said. "I wouldn't be here without my family or teammates."

Since coming to America, Duncan's life has continued to be Christ-centered.   He's presented the Gospels to elementary school-aged children as a worship leader at Manley Baptist Church where he also serves as a drummer for Youth Band and Services – 2008-present

He's acted as a mentor for high school aged boys under the leadership of Manley Baptist's youth pastor.  Duncan also teaches Sunday school in this role and has given testimony at more than 10 churches throughout East Tennessee as a part of his continued calling to Christ.

"I do what I can't not do," Duncan said. "I ask myself daily why I deserve anything the Lord has given me, and I really don't.  I just ask myself daily, 'what would Jesus do?'"

His service work is bountiful, too.  Duncan's worked with Appalachian Outreach, Luke 14 and Food on Foot. 

For more than two decades, the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® has recognized college football players at all levels of the sport for inspiring acts of service and off-the-field achievements. This summer, the program received a record 150 nominations from colleges and universities across the country.  From the nominations, an esteemed 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 the 22-player team.

"The AFCA, along with our partner Allstate, has been honoring football student-athletes for their good works, volunteerism and community service for 22 years with the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team," Grant Teaff, AFCA Executive Director said. "The 2013 class of Good Works Team members is another great example of the outstanding athletes, and even better men, that our nation's college football programs produce each year."

Fans can vote for the 2013 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® Captain by visiting ESPN.com and searching "Good Works."  There, fans can learn more about this year's team members and vote for the player who they feel represents the "best of the best" in the areas of giving back and contributing to the greater good of their communities.  The Team Captain and his fellow award recipients will be invited to New Orleans to take part in a community project leading up to the 2014 Allstate® Sugar Bowl®

The 2013 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® voting panel includes: former Good Works Team® members Zaid Abdul-Aleem (Duke, 1994 team), Matt Stinchcomb (Georgia, 1997, 1998 teams), Brian Brenberg (St. Thomas, 2001 team), Mike Proman (Amherst, 2002 team); media members Lou Holtz (ESPN), Kirk Herbstreit (ESPN), Tom O'Toole (USA Today), Blair Kerkhoff (Kansas City Star); current AFCA President and University of Texas Head Coach Mack Brown; 1987 AFCA President LaVell Edwards, former head coach at Brigham Young University; and Cynthia Whitfield, field vice president of Allstate's Southern Region.

The following players have been selected to the 2013 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®:

Football Bowl Subdivision (I-A)

Name                           Cl.       Pos.     School                                     Hometown

Fred Lee                      Sr.        WR      Buffalo                                                Chester, S.C.

Nick Forbes                 Jr.        LB       California                                Frederick, Md.

Jordan Luallen            Sr.        FB       Cincinnati                                Greenwood, Ind.

Dave Harding                         Sr.        OL       Duke                                       Orlando, Fla.

Jacob Karam              Sr.        QB      Memphis                                 Friendswood, Texas

Stephen Morris            Sr.        QB      Miami (Fla.)                            Miami, Fla.

C.J. Zimmerer             Sr.        RB       Nebraska                                 Omaha, Neb.

Asa Watson                Sr.        TE       North Carolina State               Rock Hill, S.C.

Jeff Budzien              Sr.        PK       Northwestern                          Hartland, Wis.

Eric Soza                    Sr.        QB      Texas at San Antonio              Beeville, Texas

Carey Spear                Sr.        PK       Vanderbilt                               Mayfield Village, Ohio

 

Football Championship Subdivision (I-AA), Divisions II, III and NAIA

Name                           Cl.       Pos.     School                                     Hometown

Tyler Simmons            Sr.        DE       Aurora                                     Crystal Lake, Ill.

J.D. Mehlhorn             Sr.        DB      Bethel (Minn.)                         Lakeville, Minn.

Curt Duncan            Sr.       PK      Carson-Newman                   Morristown, Tenn.

Ryan Cobb                  Jr.        TE       Delaware                                 Saddle River, N.J.

Miles Williams            Jr.        DB      Elon                                         Roebuck, S.C.

Kevin Rodgers            Jr.        QB      Henderson State                     Rockwall, Texas

David Brackett           Sr.        OL       Kenyon                                   Ahoskie, N.C.

Jordan Sitzmann         Sr.        P          Morningside                            Le Mars, Iowa

Jordan Reid                Sr.        QB      North Carolina Central           High Point, N.C.

Winston Wright          Sr.        DB      South Dakota State                 Lee's Summit, Mo.

Bo Cordell                 Sr.        QB      Tusculum                                 Cincinnati, Ohio