LOGAN, Utah – Utah State football player Eric Moats has been named to the 2011 Allstate American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Good Works Team®, announced Tuesday by the Allstate Insurance Company and the AFCA.A record 132 nominees were on the list, including football student-athletes from Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), NCAA Divisions II and III as well as NAIA. The award recognizes the selfless contributions to volunteerism and community service made by college football student-athletes across the nation. “It is an honor to be nominated and recognized for this honor,” Moats said. “I think this embodies the mission and goals set forth by not only Coach Andersen for our football team, but the USU athletics department for its student-athletes, to be positive role models for each other as teammates and in the community. It is an extreme honor to represent Utah State for this prestigious award.”Moats, a native of Highlands Ranch, Colo. (Thunder Ridge HS/U.S. Air Force Academy) is a senior wide receiver for the Aggies and was also punt returner along with being the primary holder on extra points and field goals. He enters his senior season with at least one catch in 22 of 24 career games played, including a stretch of 16-straight games dating back to the 2009 season that came to an end in the fifth game of last season. Moats played in all 12 games in 2010, making eight starts. He finished the season second on the team with 20 passes caught, gaining 218 yards and scoring one touchdown through the air, and also carried the ball five times for 40 yards and one touchdown. Moats also returned 12 punts for a 2.9 yards per return average.Off the field, Moats is one of 18 Utah State student-athletes on the USU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). He helped organize and coordinate USU’s campus-wide involvement in Dollars For Change, a national non-profit organization founded by former USU student-athlete Katie Rutherford, a charity that aims to receive at least a dollar in donation from every American to aid South Africa (http://www.dollarsforchange.org). Moats also helped organize and coordinate USU student-athlete involvement in the Thanksgiving Stuff a Bus Food Drive, Moms & Muffins and Dads & Donuts program and the USU U-Star Awards. Moats is also a member of the USU Student-Athlete Mentor (SAMs) program, mentoring and helping new student-athletes.In the classroom, Moats has a 3.325 GPA majoring in marketing and economics and is expected to graduated in the Spring of 2012 He earned Academic all-Western Athletic Conference honors in 2009 and 2010, as well as a two-time Utah State Joe E. and Elma Whitesides Scholar-Athlete Award recipient in 2009 and 2011.”Eric exemplifies positive leadership on and off the football field and is a high-character individual for our program,” USU head coach Gary Andersen said. “He is a hard worker on the football field, in the weight room, in the classroom and in the community. We are very proud of him for receiving this recognition.”This year marks the program’s 20th year honoring college football players at all levels of competition who stand out for their “good works” in the community. Since 1992, selection to the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® has become the gold standard for off-the-field character and leadership for college football players. The honor is widely considered the sport’s pre-eminent community service award. 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 good academic standing.Moats is one of Utah State’s 46 returning letterwinners (29 offense, 16 defense, one special teams), including 17 starters (10 offense, six defense, one special teams), from last season’s 4-8 overall mark, and 2-6 in WAC play, in head coach Gary Andersen’s second season at the helm of the Aggie program.After its season-opener at Auburn, Utah State’s home opener is on Saturday, Sept. 10 at 6 p.m. (MT), taking on in-state foe Weber State, marking the first time that USU and WSU have squared off since 2001, and Utah State leads the all-time series, 11-1. The Aggie-Wildcat match-up will have special meaning for Andersen, who will be facing his mentor, Weber State head coach Ron McBride. Andersen played for McBride at Utah in 1985-86.For USU football ticket information, contact the USU Ticket Office at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum, or by phone by calling 1-888-USTATE-1 or (435) 797-0305.Fans can follow the Aggie football program at twitter.com/USUFootball. Aggie fans can also follow the Utah State athletic program at twitter.com/USUAthletics or on facebook at Utah State University Athletics. -USU-
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