Duke’s Harding, Crowder aim for national awards

Jul. 16, 2013 @ 10:27 PM

Increasingly important to Duke football on the field as a starting offensive guard, Dave Harding’s contributions off the field continue to shed a positive light on him and his school.
Harding, a redshirt senior for the Blue Devils, is among 151 nominees nationwide for the Allstate/American Football Coaches Association Good Works Award team.
Harding is among 67 nominees from Division I Football Bowl Subdivision schools. Redshirt senior tight end Asa Watson of N.C. State also is among that group.
N.C. Central quarterback Jordan Reid is among the 84 nominees from the Football Championship Subdivision, Division II, Division III and NAIA schools.
Harding, from Orlando, Fla., comes from a service-oriented family. His parents, David and Merrie Harding, do mission work.
“Dave is an outstanding citizen from a great, great family,” Duke coach David Cutcliffe said.
While at Duke, Harding frequently has visited Duke Children’s Hospital and the Durham Ronald McDonald House with his teammates. He also has volunteered his time at Camp Kaleidoscope, a camp for children who are patients at Duke Children’s Hospital & Health Center.
Last year, Harding organized a mission trip to Ethiopia along with 10 other Duke offensive linemen. Once there, they helped dig wells to build water systems for remote villages.
“You can’t be more proud of a person, forget the player, you couldn’t be any more proud of a person than we are of Dave Harding,” Cutcliffe said. “Good works is a minimal statement when it comes to the reality of what Dave is. It would have been better for the phenomenal works team.”
Harding, an Academic All-ACC pick multiple times, became a starter during the 2010 season.
NCCU’s Reid, who is from High Point, started at quarterback for the Eagles this past season. He is on NCCU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, serving on the leadership council as vice president.
N.C. State’s Watson, from Rock Hill, S.C., is an Academic All-ACC selection. Watson did mission work in Jamaica in the summer of 2012 and spent time working with intercity youth in Los Angeles in 2011.
The AFCA and Allstate will name 22 winners to the Good Works Team in September. There will be 11 winners from Division I and 11 from the other divisions combined.
“With a record number of nominees submitted this year for the 2013 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, it is obvious that our country’s collegiate football programs are producing great student-athletes,” said Grant Teaff, AFCA executive director.

Crowder nominated for receiver award
Duke junior Jamison Crowder was named to the watch list for the Biletnikoff Award by the Tallahassee Touchdown Club on Tuesday.
The Biletnikoff Award goes to the nation’s top wide receiver.
Crowder emerged as a star for the Blue Devils last season, when be caught 76 passes for 1,074 yards and eight touchdowns.
Crowder is among 75 players nationwide on the watch list. He is among nine ACC players represented.