Indiana State junior defensive back Mark Sewall joins a record breaking group of 182 football student-athletes nationwide to be nominated for the Allstate AFCA (American Football Coaches Association) Good Works Team, as announced today (July 15) by the national organization.
For 23 years the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® has served as one of the most coveted and prestigious off-the-field honors in college football. The award recognizes players whose charitable involvement and community service contributions stand out among all other student-athletes participating in the sport.
Since its establishment in 1992, the award has existed to pay tribute to the “good” in college football that extends beyond the wins and the losses. While balancing academics and athletics, this select group of student-athletes nominated by their respective colleges and universities has committed their limited free time to having a lasting impact on their communities.
Sewall was named to the Missouri Valley Football Conference All-Academic Team in 2013 as well as the All-MVFC Honorable Mention squad. He finished as the Sycamores’ third-leading tackler with 87 total tackles, including five tackles for a loss. He paced the Sycamores with three interceptions and owned four pass breakups. Sewall finished the season with three consecutive double digit tackle performances including a career-high 18 against Southern Illinois. He was an MVFC All-Newcomer selection in 2012.
In addition to his exploits on the field, Sewall is a team leader and a valued member of the Sycamores’ community service team. He has assisted in numerous projects including working the Terre Haute Boys and Girls Club, Recess With The Sycamores, Relay For Life, Special Olympics Indiana, Susan G. Komen Foundation, Wabash Valley Youth Football and the United Way.
Sewall and the Sycamores will begin fall practice later this month and the season opener is set for August 30 at Indiana.