MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State senior fullback and team captain Victor Mann was one of 11 NCAA Division I-A student-athletes honored by the American Football Coaches Association Wednesday for service to their individual communities as the AFCA announced its 2005 Good Works Team®.
"It never ceases to amaze me to see the contributions student-athletes make to their communities," AFCA Executive Director Grant Teaff said. "Often times, these young men are better known for the good things they do on the field. The AFCA is proud to recognize these student-athletes for the good things they do in their communities."
In addition to serving as a 2005 team captain and player representative for the Wildcat football team, Mann has consistently been among the most active participants in community service projects among all Kansas State student-athletes.
Since arriving at K-State, Mann has served in a number of projects, including working as a mentor to at-risk middle and high school students in the VIP Program, participating in both the Read-to-Achieve and Kats for Kids programs, where he visits local schools and reads to kids and speaks about staying in school and saying no to drugs, taking part in the Special Olympics Bowl-A-Thon, serving as a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and heading up efforts to organize donations of food and money to help underprivileged families in the Manhattan area.
On the field, Mann is considered to be one of the nation's top fullbacks. An explosive blocker and runner who also has good hands and excels in the passing game, Mann hauled in his first touchdown pass in the season opener vs. Florida International. Expected to challenge for all-league honors in 2005 after lettering each of the last three seasons and serving as K-State's starting fullback in 2004, Mann was listed as the No. 8 fullback in the country by The Sporting News in its 2005 preseason college football magazine.
Mann is one of four Big 12 players named to the 11-man team, which honors players for their dedication and commitment to community service. Nominations were submitted to the AFCA by the college sports information directors. Candidates have to display sincere concern and reliability, while also having made a favorable impression on the organizations with which they are involved.
2005 AFCA Good Works Team® - NCAA Division I-A
Name Cl. Pos. School Head Coach Hometown (High School)
Victor Mann Sr. FB Kansas State Bill Snyder Fort Worth, Tex. (Country Day)
Shawn Bell Jr. QB Baylor Guy Morriss China Spring, Tex. (China Spring)
Parys Haralson Sr. DE Tennessee Phillip Fulmer Flora, Miss. (Madison Central)
Will Herring Jr. FS Auburn Tommy Tuberville Opelika, Ala. (Opelika)
Doug Justice Sr. LB North Carolina John Bunting Port Orange, Fla. (Spruce Creek)
Mark LeFlore Sr. WR Nebraska Bill Callahan Omaha, Neb. (Central)
Leon Moore Sr. DE UNLV Mike Sanford Las Vegas, Nev. (Rancho)
Dan Nelson Jr. LB UCLA Karl Dorrell Boise, Idaho (Centennial)
D.J. Shockley Sr. QB Georgia Mark Richt College Park, Ga. (North Clayton)
Matt Traina Sr. OL Tulane Chris Scelfo Coral Gables, Fla. (Coral Gables)
Vince Young Jr. QB Texas Mack Brown Houston, Tex. (Madison)