NORTHBROOK, Ill. – Redshirt senior quarterback Austin Ernst (Cincinnati, Ohio) is a nominee for the 2017 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®, one of the most prestigious off-the-field honors in college football. He is one of 146 nominees across the nation and one of just two nominees from the Great Midwest Athletic Conference.
Since 1992, the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® has brought together a select group of college football players from across the country to honor their dedication to volunteerism and enriching the lives of others.
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. 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 2017 Good Works Team®.
In order to meet the criteria set forth by Allstate and the AFCA, each player must be actively involved with a charitable organization or service group while maintaining a strong academic standing.
Once the final team members are announced in September, college football fans are encouraged to visit the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® website on ESPN.com, featuring profiles and images of the players, for the opportunity to vote for the 2017 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® Captain. Throughout the season, fans can also follow along and join in on the conversation by searching and using #GoodWorksTeam on their social media channels.
Off the field, Ernst has been a valuable member of the ODU community. He serves as a member of ODU's President's Society, a group of 12 students that represents the university president and student body at major functions. He has also served on the ODU Gender Equity Committee that focuses on ensuring equitable standards for all athletic teams, and was a member of the Step-Up Program, an organization that promotes a safe campus environment and protects against sexual misconduct amongst students.
Ernst is a member of Athletes in Action and has also volunteered with a Veterans Association Hospital as well as with Sua Sponte, an ODU student veterans association. He also has worked with the 2nd & 7 Foundation, an organization that reads to at-risk youth in underprivileged schools. Around campus, he has been a participants in Panther Pride Pitch-In and with Make A Difference Day.
In the classroom, Ernst graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies with a 3.3 GPA and has been working to a masters degree in Sport Management. He earned three GLIAC All-Academic Team awards as well as three ODU Academic Excellence awards.
On the field, Ernst has appeared in 20 games in his career, completing 25-of-35 passes (71.4 percent) for 244 yards and six touchdowns. In addition to playing quarterback, Ernst also served as the team's holder during the 2016 season. He helped the Panthers finish the 2013 regular season undefeated and be ranked as high as No. 4 in the country and reach the national quarterfinals in 2014. He was nominated by his teammates to serve on the team's Honor Committee and Leadership Committee as well.
Contact: Scott Miles