Schepler, a tight end from Sycamore, Ill., returns to the field after missing the 2011 campaign due to injury.
A leader on and off the field, he didn’t let a season-ending injury slow his community involvement. One of the team leaders in community service hours while continuing to be an integral part of the NIU football program, the senior was also at practice every day and on the sidelines on Game Day, mentoring the Huskie tight end unit throughout NIU’s 2011 MAC Championship season.
A member of the Huskies’ Leadership Council who has excelled in one of the most challenging majors on campus, Schepler tallies at least 14 hours of community service projects each semester.
His various community service projects range from working with elementary school kids to spending time with the elderly. Schepler also excels in the classroom, maintaining a 3.85 grade point average in electrical engineering.
The Allstate AFCA Good Works Team recognizes a select group of college football players who have shown outstanding commitment to community service and volunteerism.
From the nominees, a special voting panel consisting of former Allstate AFCA Good Works Team members and prominent college football media members will select two 11-player Good Works Teams – one comprised of players from the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) and another representing players from the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision, Divisions II, III and NAIA.
The final roster of 22 award recipients will be unveiled in September.
A total of 52 student-athletes from FBS were nominated, included three from the Mid-American Conference. Joining Schepler are Ronnie Goble of Bowling Green State and Central Michigan’s Cody Wilson.