Watkins, a senior offensive lineman from Frankfort, Ky., was one of just 22 college football players selected nationally for the award. Eleven of those players come from NCAA Division I Bowl Subdivision schools, while Watkins was among just 11 players selected across all Division I Championship Subdivision, Division II, Division III and NAIA schools.
Watkins had originally been named among 117 finalists for the award in July.
"We're thrilled to see Oakley recognized for this because he represents everything Centre College and Centre football stand for," said Centre head coach Andy Frye. "This is a much deserved honor for a young man who does a great job of giving back to the community while balancing all his other responsibilities in the classroom, on the football field and in his other extracurricular activities."
The award is in its 21st year after being established in 1992 to recognize college football players who make contributions off the field through community service and charitable work while maintaining a strong academic standing. As members of the team, Watkins and the 21 others will have the opportunity to take part in a youth football clinic in New Orleans and be recognized at the 2013 Allstate Sugar Bowl. Additionally, fans will have the opportunity to vote for Watkins as Good Works Team Captain at ESPN.com.
"As fans of college football, Allstate takes great pride in partnering with the AFCA to recognize there dedicated student-athletes for their accomplishments off the field," Kathy Mabe, president of Allstate's West regions and a member of the Good Works Team voting panel, said through a release. "These players have demonstrated the unique ability to balance academics with athletics while donating their time and energy to serve others, and we at Allstate commend them for their commitment to volunteerism."
Watkins has been very active in the communities of both Danville and Frankfort, contributing more than 3,000 hours of service in coordinating and participating in charitable events, volunteering with youth sports and taking mission trips.
On the field, Watkins is in his second year starting at right tackle for the Colonels, who take a 2-1 record into a home date Saturday with Kalamazoo. Watkins was also selected to the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference's Academic Honor Roll after last season.