Denzel Goolsby

Sophomore defensive back Denzel Goolsby receives defensive MVP honors following his performance in the Cactus Bowl on Tuesday in Phoenix. Goolsby was nominated for the AFCA Good Works Team on Monday.

Kansas State senior Denzel Goolsby was selected as a nominee for the nominee for the 2019 Good Works Team. The American Football Association announced the nominees Monday.

Goolsby is the 11th Wildcat to make the list in the past 12 years, with the most recent being Dalton Risner, who was named to the team at the end of this past season and was a preseason candidate in 2017.

The AFCA Good Works Team, which was established in 1992, is one of the most coveted community service awards in college football. Twenty-three award recipients will be announced in September from a list of 137 nominees. It will be split by 11 players in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), 11 players from the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), Divisions II, II as well as the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). There also will be an honorary head coach. In order to be considered for the AFCA Good Works Team, each player must be actively involved with a charitable organization or service group while having strong academic standing.

One of Goolsby’s community service initiatives is Big Brothers/Big Sisters, which he has worked with since 2016, pairing with a little girl named Shannon. Goolsby also did work for Jamie’s Wish Foundation, giving tours of the Vanier Family Football Complex to raise money for cancer patients. Goolsby also stopped by Avita Senior Living in Wichita, his hometown, in addition to the team’s visits to the Meadowlark Hills retirement community in Manhattan. He befriended a woman named Aileen after starting to visit her in high school and continuing to see her since becoming a Wildcat.

Another one of Goolsby’s other community service initiatives include mentoring several underprivileged children in the Manhattan community by meeting or having dinner with them. One of the children he’s met with has experienced bullying, and the other raised by a single mother. Goolsby’s sister, who lives in Denver, teaches underprivileged kids; Goolsby has visited and spoke to those classes, handing out posters and gloves.

Goolsby also has found success on the field for K-State.

As a two-year starter, Goolsby has 125 career tackles, eight passes defended and two interceptions. He finished third on the team with 78 tackles as a sophomore in 2017, and was the Defensive MVP for the Wildcats in their Cactus Bowl victory over UCLA, when he forced and recovered a fumble to set up an eventual Wildcat go-ahead touchdown.

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