Collegeville, MN – First Line Defensive Man at St. John’s University Michael Wozniak (New Hope, MN/Robinsdale Armstrong) was one of 22 student-athletes from all divisions of college football named to the 2022 Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Good Works team on Monday, September 19.
This year marks the 31st anniversary of the award, which was established in 1992 to honor a select group of college football players who have committed to serving and enriching the lives of others.
Fan voting will run from now until November 22 at www.ESPN.com/Allstate To determine the AFCA Allstate Good Business Team Captain of the Year. Fans can cast one vote per device each day.
Wozniak is one of four NCAA Tier 3 honorees — joined by Matthew Feldke of Bethel, Alan Gurney of Johns Hopkins (Maryland) and Matt Lilja of Mount Union (Ohio) — and one of six defensive linemen.
Wozniak is the sixth Johnny to be named to the Allstate AFCA team for good deeds and the fifth in the past six seasons: quarterback Chris Backes ’21, forward Ben Bartsch 20, quarterback Jackson Erdman ’19 and wide receiver Will Gelash ’19. Defensive end Kevin McNamara ’07 was the first SJU student-athlete to receive this honor in 2006. The full list of SJU nominees and honorees is below.
Last summer, sports information directors from Division I, Division II, Division III, and NAIA schools across the country submitted nominations for players they felt embody the spirit of the Team Business Good Award. The voting committee faced a list of 114 candidates that had been narrowed down to 22 student-athletes and honorary coach Kentucky Mark Stubbs named on the team.
2022 Lindy Pre-season All-American and 2021 D3football.com All-America first-team selection, Wozniak has nine tackles (five singles), including a 4.5 for a loss and three sacks, as well as a mandatory stumble during the first two games of the season. He totaled 3.5 tackles for a loss, three sacks, and a forced stumble in Jones’s 24-10 win over then No. 4 Wisconsin Whitewater on September 3 and was named MIAC Defensive Player of the Week for performance. Wozniak had 11 losing tackles and 6.5 sacks in his last four games going back to last season, and 22.5 losing tackles and 13.5 sacks in 22 games during his career.
No. 2 SJU (2-0 overall) returns to competition with the opening of the MIAC – 1 p.m. at No. 20 Bethel (1-1 overall) – this Saturday, September 24, in Arden Hills.
Wozniak started all 12 games and finished with 15.5 tackles led for a loss and 10.5 sacks, including 6.5 tackles for a loss and 3.5 sacks in two NCAA playoffs, last fall. He hit 30 tackles (20 singles), five middle sprints, a faltering recovery, and a pass breakup.
He returned to the field in 2021 after suffering a hand injury that ended the season in first defensive play of the 2019 season – a tackle for a loss – at Wisconsin-Stout.
Off the field, Wozniak in his fifth year is raising money for a pair of SJU football initiatives, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Tackle Cancer. He was also a member of Johnny’s Student Athletic Advisory Committee, which organizes an annual meal-packing event for Kids Fighting Hunger every March, for two academic years (2020-21 and 2021-22). Wozniak also helped organize the local Special Olympics swimming meet in Spring 2022 in Collegeville.
Back home, Wozniak volunteered to coach second- and third-grade youth soccer for the Armstrong Cooper Youth Soccer League.
In addition to his exemplary athletic performance and experience in community service, Wozniak is also a decorated student. Appointed to 2021 College Sports Information First Team Managers America Academic All-America and is a two-time All-MIAC Academic Honors recipient (minimum 3.5 GPA) with a 3.86 GPA in Accounting.
Nominees/Honors for the Good Work Team of Allstate AFCA of SJU Since 2006
2022 – The defensive line of defense Michael Wozniak (Good Staff at Allstate AFCA)
2021 – no filter
2020 – Midfielder Chris Backes ’21 (Allstate AFCA Team of Good Business)
2019 – Lynman Penn Bartsch 20 offensive (Allstate AFCA Team of Good Business)
2018 – Midfielder Jackson Erdman ’19 (Allstate AFCA Good Works Team)
2017 – Wide receiver Will Gilach ’19 (Allstate AFCA Team of Good Business)
2016 – Linebacker Carter Hanson ’17
2015 – Lynman attack Ben Brown ’16
2014 – Alex Jarrosh’s Lineman Attack 15
2013 – Running Back Colin Moynihan ’14
2012 – Running Back Stephen Johnson 13
2011 – Defensive Back Andrew Rotschafer ’11
2010 – Linebacker John Stanton ’10
2009 – no filter
2008 – Running Back Jeff Schnobrich ’09
2007 – no filter
2006 – Lineman Defensive Kevin McNamara ’07 (Allstate AFCA Good Works Team)