OU's Nick Basquine nominated for 2017 AFCA Good Works Team
Oklahoma junior wide receiver Nick Basquine (BASS-kwin) has been named a nominee for the 2017 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, it was announced Monday.
Created in 1992, the Good Works Team recognizes those players who dedicate themselves to volunteerism and charitable works. In order to meet the criteria set forth by Allstate and the AFCA, each player must be actively involved with a charitable organization or service group while maintaining a strong academic standing.
A Norman native, Basquine played in all 13 games in 2016 with two starts. He finished fifth on the team in both receptions and receiving yards, catching 20 passes for 265 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He twice caught four passes in a game, doing so at Texas Tech and TCU, and had a career-high 80 receiving yards in his OU debut against ULM. He enters 2017 as the second-leading returner in catches and yards.
A former walk-on who did not play in 2014 or 2015, Basquine was rewarded for his efforts by being placed on scholarship last November.
Named to the 2016 Academic All-Big 12 First Team, Basquine has also made an impact off the field. Twice he has been a part of “Sooners 4 Haiti,” a coalition of Oklahoma student-athletes that visits the country of Haiti, which is still recovering from a devastating earthquake in January of 2010. Basquine and his fellow Sooners have donated supplies to the children and helped rebuild orphanages, homes, schools and hospitals and clinics.
Basquine is also given his time to the annual FCA Food Drive and is a frequent visitor to The Children's Hospital at OU Medical Center.
The Allstate AFCA Good Works team, consisting of 11 players from the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision, will be unveiled in September. From the nominees, a special voting panel consisting of former team members and prominent college football media members will select the 2017 Good Works Team.