Lindenwood football player Malach Radigan received one of the top national college football awards on Tuesday when he was named to the 2012 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team.
Radigan, a senior defensive lineman for the Lions and St. Charles native who attended Francis Howell High School, was one of just three NCAA Division II players to receive the award this year.
“It is such a humbling experience to receive the award,” Radigan said, in a statement released by the Lindenwood athletic department. “It is a great opportunity to represent Lindenwood University in a positive way. This honor is not about me, it is about this program. We are the way we are because of the values that they teach us here.”
One of Lindenwood’s team captains for the second straight year, Radigan is having his best season on the field in 2012.
Through three games, he has 15 tackles, 3.0 tackles for loss, and 1.0 sack. He is no doubt Lindenwood’s emotional leader in LU’s key first season in NCAA Division II, and last year he was named the Lions’ Most Valuable Defensive Big Man and won the team’s Heart of a Lion award.
“In my 10 years as the head coach of two different college football programs, I have enjoyed my association with a number of individuals who could be described as leaders of men, people of extraordinary character, and foundation stones of the college,” Lindenwood head coach Patrick Ross said. “I would put Malach at the top of that list. He has shown on many occasions a selfless character which enables him to be a leader. We would not be the same team, or university, without him.”
Radigan’s on-the-field accomplishments are overshadowed by his committed community service actions off the field.
A devout Christian, Radigan is very active in his church and has gone on mission trips to promote his faith to places like Miami, Mexico, and Honduras.
He has also volunteered at the Vacation Bible School at his church for two years and worked with first graders throughout the week.
Radigan also volunteers his time outside of his church activities. He is involved in Fellowship of Christian Athletes and has worked at many events, including leadership conferences, a football camp, and the Boys’ Weekend of Champions.
On the Lindenwood campus, Radigan spends time helping to promote the football program, including creating YouTube commercials to advertise upcoming games. He can often be found leading a group of students to support other sporting events on campus, and he is also a Lindenwood Resident Director.
Radigan is now one of the featured athletes on the AllState AFCA Good Works Team webpage on ESPN.com, and fans can vote for him to be the captain of the 22-person team, which will receive their awards at the 2013 Allstate Sugar Bowl in New Orleans in January.
The Allstate AFCA Good Works program received 117 nominations from all levels of college football last summer. A voting panel then selected 11 players from the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision and 11 players from all other levels of college football to be named to the Good Works Team.
The Good Works Team was started in 1992 to recognize the extra efforts made by college football players. Radigan is the second Lindenwood play to receive the award over the last three years, joining Billy Clark who won the award in 2010.