Wildcat football player named to AFCA Good Works Team

Then freshman offensive lineman Dalton Risner points to Louisiana Tech players who need to be covered in the fourth quarter of the Wildcats' three-overtime 39-33 victory over the Bulldogs Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015, in Bill Snyder Family Stadium. (File Photo by Parker Robb | The Collegian)

The American Football Coaches Association named Dalton Risner, Kansas State junior offensive lineman, to the AFCA Good Works Team July 10. Risner received the prestigious community service award for his work both on the field and in his community.

Risner, a native of Wiggins, Colorado, was the ninth Wildcat named to this list in the past 10 years. Past nominees include Dante Barnett in 2016, Stanton Weber in 2015, Tyler Lockett, a two-time nominee in 2013 and 2014, and Collin Klein in 2012, among others.

The AFCA Good Works Team has recognized college football players from across the nation since 1992. Candidates for the award must display dedication to volunteerism and enriching the lives of others both on and off the football field. This year’s list has 146 candidates from the NCAA and NAIA and 76 from the FBS.

Only eight players from the Big 12 were named to the AFCA Good Works Team this year, including Risner.

Risner’s volunteer record includes working with children battling cancer at Camp Hope and assisting with the Special Olympics.

Risner will help the Wildcats begin the 2017 season at home against the University of Central Arkansas on Sept. 2.

I'm DeAundra Allen, co-editor-in-chief and sports editor at the Collegian. I'm a junior in broadcast journalism and pre-law, with a minor in philosophy. I was born in Brighton, Colorado, home of La Placita and the Bulldogs. I moved to Kansas in 2010, and fell in love with press boxes at a young age. In my spare time, I talk about my pets, sports, and work towards going to law school.