UNIVERSITY PARK — Dallastown High School graduate Ben Kline, a senior linebacker at Penn State, has been selected to the Allstate, American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Good Works Team.
He is among the 11 Football Bowl Subdivision and 22 overall honorees recognized for their contributions to the community. Kline is the third Nittany Lion to earn Allstate AFCA Good Works Team honors, joining Stefen Wisniewski (2010) and Wayne Holmes (1994).
On the field, Kline has suffered through an injury plagued career and has seen limited playing time. He has yet to play this season. It is not known if Kline is injured. PSU head coach James Franklin generally does not discuss player injuries.
"He's just a great guy," Franklin said about Kline during a visit to York in April. "He's been, I think, one of our biggest leaders off the field with community service. ... I don't care what anybody says. He's had a very, very successful career and experience at Penn State."
In its 24th year, the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® is comprised of athletes who have used their limited free time to perform inspirational acts of service. This summer, the program received an all-time record high 197 nominations from colleges and universities across the country.
College football fans can vote for the 2015 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® captain at ESPN.com/Allstate through Nov. 25, 2015. The team captain and his fellow award recipients will be invited to New Orleans to participate in a community project before the 2016 Allstate® Sugar Bowl®.
Kline has served as the president of Penn State's Uplifting Athletes chapter for the last two years. In 2014, Uplifting Athletes raised a record-breaking $140,000 for Kidney Cancer Awareness and Research at its Lift for Life event. Overall, the group raised a record $155,000 total in 2014. The 2015 Penn State Lift for Life had approximately 2,500 fans in attendance and raised $120,000. Kline was among a contingent of Nittany Lion football student-athletes to visit Washington D.C. for Rare Disease Awareness Day in the winter of 2014.
The Seven Valley native has also been involved in THON and Special Olympics during his time at Penn State. He is also the co-founding a student organization this summer that benefits an orphanage in Kenya. The orphanage has an academic partnership with Penn State, and Kline's organization supports that relationship.
Additionally, Kline is a nominee for an American Rhodes Scholarship, the oldest and most celebrated international fellowship awards in the world. Each year 32 young Americans are selected as Rhodes Scholars, through a decentralized process representing the 50 states and the District of Columbia.
Kline is also a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-District choice and two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree. He posted a perfect 4.0 grade-point average during the 2011 summer session and 2013 spring semester. Kline has posted a 3.50 GPA or higher in 11 of his 12 semesters on campus, including summer semesters and is a six-time Dean's List selection. He graduated with his degree in finance in December 2014 with a 3.76 cumulative GPA, in just 3 1/2 years. Has begun work on his master's degree in international affairs. Additionally, Kline is a member of the Lion's Paw Senior Honor Society, a prestigious student-leadership Senior Honor Society with 14 members from the 2015 graduating class.
The following players have been selected to the 2015 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®:
NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (I-A)
Name Cl. Pos. School Hometown
Jonathan Wallace Sr. WR Auburn University Phenix City, Ala.
Trent Matthews Sr. S Colorado State University Converse, Texas
Kelby Brown Sr. LB Duke University Matthews, N.C.
Malcolm Mitchell Sr. SE University of Georgia Valdosta, Ga.
Landon Foster Sr. P University of Kentucky Franklin, Tenn.
Deon Bush Sr. S University of Miami (Fla.) Miami, Fla.
Myer Krah Sr. OLB United States Naval Academy Durham, N.C.
Joshua Perry Sr. LB The Ohio State University Galena, Ohio
Ben Kline GS/Sr. LB Penn State University Seven Valleys, Pa.
James Conner Jr. RB University of Pittsburgh Erie, Pa.
Driphus Jackson Sr. QB Rice University Cedar Hill, Texas
NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (I-AA), Divisions II, III and NAIA
Name Cl. Pos. School Hometown
Billy Baker Sr. DL Aurora University Oswego, Ill.
Matt Mehlhorn Sr. DB Bethel (Minn.) University Lakeville, Minn.
Jacob Wassenaar Sr. TE Central (Iowa) College Pella, Iowa
Seth Hiddink Jr. K University of Central Oklahoma Wylie, Texas
Vincent Beltrano Sr. DB The University of Chicago Wood Dale, Ill.
Lucas Romick Sr. LB Denison University Lebanon, Ohio
Liam Nadler Sr. QB Gannon University Leipsic, Ohio
Dalton Screws Jr. WR Jacksonville State University Anniston, Ala.
David Porter Sr. DL John Carroll University Westlake, Ohio
Dayo Idowu Sr. LB University of North Dakota Woodbury, Minn.
Nick Chiocco Sr. DE Stonehill College Mansfield, Mass.