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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Fred Mitchell Award 2014 Watch List, part 2

A blue-ribbon Selection Committee evaluates place-kickers that are nominated by their schools for the annual Fred Mitchell Outstanding Place-Kicker Award. Members of the Pro and/or College Football Hall of Fame on the Selection Committee include Tom Beck, Kevin Butler, Paul Hornung, Marv Levy, Steve McMichael, Don Pierson and Gale Sayers. Former football players and others that are active in their communities are also on the Selection Committee including Carl Allegretti, Sergio Castillo, Sean Gothier, Teddy Greenstein, Michael Husted, Dan Jiggetts, Rick Kolaczewski, Connie Kowal, Greg Loberg, Tom Lynch, Carol Monroe, Jeff Michalczyk, Mark Murphy, Patrick Murray, Rob Perry, Michael Ritchey, Jeff Schebler, Caroline Schrenker, Jay Sebben, Bob Thomas, Wolfe Tone, Todd Wilkins, Gary Zauner and Rob Zvonar. There are 12 former college or NFL place-kickers on the Selection Committee, including Schebler (the inaugural Fred Mitchell Award recipient in 2009 and the highest-scoring place-kicker in NCAA history at any level), Lynch (two-time recipient of the Award and the kicker on the 2011 NAIA National Champion Saint Xavier University Cougars), Murray (whose 25 FG’s in 2012 were just one shy of the all-time FCS record set by Nevada’s Tony Zendejas) and Castillo (the first Division II kicker to win the Award and who made 62 of 79 career field goals and 251 of 255 extra points).

In alphabetical order, following is the second third of the 2014 Fred Mitchell Award Watch List:

STEVE GRZYWACZ Stonehill College (Massachusetts) – Division II 
Junior from Manchester, NH….2nd on the team in 2013 scoring with 61 points from 8 of 12 FG’s and 37 of 41 PAT’s….2014 Beyond Sports Network Preseason All-Northeast-10… enters junior year ranked 2nd in program history for career FG’s made (one shy of record) and FG attempts; 3rd for PAT kicks made… 2013 All-Northeast-10 Second Team… set program single-season records for PAT’s made and attempted, while his point total is the 8th highest single-season total in program history and his FG’s made is tied for 2nd all-time, behind his own school record of 11 in 2012... ranked 12th in the NE-10 for scoring, 3rd for FG’s made and 4th for PAT’s made and kicker scoring… volunteers for a mentoring program with the Brockton High School chapter of Let's Get Ready, a program that offers counseling and free SAT prep to students from low income families… served as a math coach which involved working with students on math skills and tips on how to take the math portion of the SAT exam… worked with sessions called "college choice” to advise students on various aspects of college prep, exploring and researching various schools, reviewing the college application process as well as helping students to register for the SAT exam… volunteers for the Special Olympics program at Stonehill and the Easton Elementary School Recess day program 

ALEX HALLWACHS Washington University (Missouri) – Division III 
Junior from Chagrin Falls, OH….led the team in 2013 scoring with 45 points from 8 of 14 FG’s and 21 of 22 PAT’s….First Team All-UAA….led the UAA in kicking points (45), FG’s (8) and PAT % (96%)…made season-long 45-yard FG with 8 seconds left in 9-7 win at Carnegie Mellon on November 2….UAA Special Teams Player of the Week three times during the season…averaged 55 yards on 37 kickoffs….volunteered for eight weeks to help inner city youth develop leadership, self-motivation and teamwork skills through soccer….Koaches for Kids volunteer 

CONNOR HASKINS University of North Carolina at Pembroke – Division II 
Junior from Lumberton, NC….led the Braves in 2013 scoring with 91 points from 14 of 19 FG’s and 49 of 50 PAT’s….nominated for 2013 Fred Mitchell Award….set school records for both FG’s (14) and PAT’s made (49) last season….named Beyond Sports Network (BSN) Special Teams Player of the Week after connecting on all three FG attempts (19, 22, 44) and both PAT attempts in a season-opening 25-21 upset of then-No. 5 Winston-Salem State….matched career long with 48-yard FG against Catawba….set school record with 16 points (3/3 FG, 7/7 PAT) against Tusculum….broke school record by connecting on all nine PAT attempts against Virginia-Lynchburg….made 57 consecutive PAT attempts (school record)….ranks 4th all-time in school history with 155 points….made two or more made FG’s in five games this year….averaged 61 yards on 75 kickoffs…Lumberton High School football camp volunteer….attended mission trip to Mexico with First Presbyterian Church in Lumberton 

RANDY HILL St. Norbert College (Wisconsin) – Division III 
Senior from Green Bay, WI….led the team in 2013 scoring with 52 points from 8 of 14 FG’s and 28 of 31 PAT’s….First Team All-Midwest Conference…received the team’s Special Teams Unsung Hero Award….team’s Special Teams Player of the Week three times and Special Teams Player of the Year…averaged 62 yards on 50 kickoffs…St. Norbert College Free Youth Camp volunteer….coordinated with some football teammates for a Bingo Night at a local assisted living facility. 

JOSEPH HOUSTON Hinds Community College (Mississippi) – NJCAA 
Sophomore from Pelahatchie, MS….2nd on the team in 2013 scoring with 67 points from 9 of 11 FG’s and 40 of 44 PAT’s….All-Region XXIII team….All-State First Team Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges….made 41-yard FG into the wind against Navarro (Texas) College in the Brazos Valley Bowl on December 7….volunteers at Timber Creek Christian camp….Haiti mission trip to work in an orphanage….collects canned goods for the needy during holidays 

TANNER HUBBARD Dakota State University (South Dakota) – NAIA 
Sophomore from Aurora, CO….3rd on the team in 2013 scoring with 30 points from 2 of 2 FG’s and 24 of 28 PAT’s….nominated for 2013 Fred Mitchell Award….scored 7 points in 31-28 win over Jamestown on October 12….volunteers at the ECCO in Madison to help disabled people for two hours weekly….ROTC cleanup volunteer in Brookings 

KRESIMIR IVKOVIC John Carroll University (Ohio) – Division III 
Senior from Euclid, Ohio … led the Blue Streaks in 2013 scoring with 117 points from 20 of 24 FG’s and 57 of 57 PAT’s … 2013 Fred Mitchell Award Finalist…2013 AP Little All-American….set numerous single season school records this year including most FG’s made, most FG’s attempts, most PAT’s made and most PAT attempts … tied the 23-year old Ohio Athletic Conference record with 20 FG’s in a season….helped John Carroll to enter the NCAA Division III Championship playoff field for the first time since 2002 … battled snow on November 23 to make all 3 FG’s and 1 PAT in a 25-16 playoff loss….named to the Team of the Week Presented by Scoutware for his performance against Baldwin Wallace where he made both of his FG attempts in John Carroll’s 27-7 win over the then-No. 23 Yellow Jackets including a career-long 45-yard FG … helped stake JCU to a 17-0 halftime lead and forced touchbacks on three of his five kickoffs … two-time Ohio Athletic Conference Special Teams Player of the Week earning honors after wins against Baldwin Wallace and Ohio Northern …scored 17 points against the Polar Bears … helped team to just second 9-0 start in school history and fourth NCAA Championship appearance … helped the Blue Streaks to be ranked as high as No. 9 in the Top 25 and the AFCA Top 25 … averaged 62 yards on 86 kickoffs….point person behind Kick-It campaign to raise awareness and funds for childhood cancer on JCU’s campus … football community raised $1,100 towards Kick-It against Heidelberg on November 9, well beyond Ivkovic’s goal … Kick-It is a program designed to raise money for pediatric, adolescent and young adult cancer research ….partnering with Kick-It again in 2014 … volunteers for Cultivating the Community, an initiative where the football team interacts with surrounding communities to drive positive growth … helped clean, paint and perform yard work at Saint Thomas Aquinas Elementary through Volunteers for Cultivating the Community … tutors elementary students in reading and mathematics once a week through Champs Roxboro, a grant-funded enriched program designed to serve the needs of at-risk youth in the Cleveland Heights-University Heights School District … coaches youth soccer team as part of Croatian Community of Cleveland … volunteered to help teach kicking and punting at the John Carroll University and Penn Hills High School camps … Worked Pre Cana at St. Basil 

ADAM KELLER North Dakota State University – FCS 
Senior from Lewisberry, PA….led the Bison in 2013 scoring with 103 points from 9 of 12 FG’s and 76 of 78 PAT’s….nominated for 2013 Fred Mitchell Award….named to 2014 College Football Performance Awards Watch List….scored 6 points in 24-23 win over then #4 Northern Iowa on October 5….scored 6 points in 24-21 win at Kansas State in season-opener….set school records in 2013 and 2012 for PAT’s made and attempted….volunteer coach for Tri-City seventh grade soccer team…Rosewood Nursing Home volunteer…middle school tutor to special needs students….Special Olympics volunteer….Blue Key Honor Society Member. 

THOMAS KINNEY Southern Illinois University – FCS 
Senior from McHenry, IL….led the Salukis in 2013 scoring with 94 points from 18 of 24 FG’s and 40 of 41 PAT’s….…. named to 2014 College Football Performance Awards Watch List ….Preseason First Team All-American by The Sports Network….Second Team All-Conference and MVFC All-Newcomer Team….18 FG’s in 2013 ranks 2nd in school history….52-yard FG against Western Illinois tied for 2nd longest in FCS in 2013…named 2014 preseason First Team All-America kicker by The Sports Network and Beyond Sports Network….averaged 60 yards on 30 kickoffs….volunteered with the football team in the annual Souper Bowl of Caring fundraisers in 2013 and 2014 to combat hunger and assist Good Samaritan Ministries and the Murphysboro Food Pantry….Special Olympics volunteer with the football team 

AVERY LLEWELLYN Colorado School of Mines – Division II 
Junior from Durango, CO….led the team in 2013 scoring with 86 points from 14 of 19 FG’s and 44 of 47 PAT’s….2014 Beyond Sports Network Second Team Preseason All-American and All-RMAC…2013 Don Hansen All-Super Region….NFFCC All-Colorado Special Teams Player of the Year and All-Colorado….RMAC Special Teams Player of the Year…led RMAC with 14 regular season FG’s….3 of 3 in FG’s in wins over Fort Lewis, New Mexico Highlands and Chadron State…averaged 61 yards on 75 kickoffs….Project Merry Christmas volunteer in Durango where he worked with Durango Fire Department to deliver gifts to local families 

CARLOS MACIAS Navarro College (Texas) – NJCAA 
Sophomore from Dangerfield, TX….2nd on the team in 2013 scoring with 99 points from 11 of 11 FG’s and 66 of 67 PAT’s….set school record for most kicking points in a season (99), most FG’s in a game (4) and most PAT’s in a season (66)….Habitat for Humanity volunteer in Corsicana….food drive volunteer on campus 

MILES MACKENZIE Ohio Wesleyan University – Division III 
Senior from Denver, CO….2nd on the team in 2013 scoring with 59 points from 8 of 21 FG’s and 35 of 41 PAT’s….3rd in kick scoring in North Coast Athletic Conference…holds OWU game, season and career records for FG’s made….35 PAT’s was 2nd in school history….volunteer at Bishop Champion Games track and field meet for athletes with special needs…volunteered 4 hours/week at the Grace Clinic in Delaware during the spring….volunteered 20 hours/week at Denver hospital during the summer

Calgary Stampeders Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

July 31, 2014 - long snapper Tim St. Pierre fills in
"A mainstay on Calgary’s special teams and a backup fullback, Tim St. Pierre saw his first game action at long snapper in almost exactly two years last week when he filled in for Chevrier, who is out with a leg injury. 'I think I snapped well,' says the veteran of seven CFL seasons. 'I think our whole op was good. Rene (Paredes) kicked well, Rob (Maver) kicked well, for the most part we covered well on punt. We had to do that because the week before we didn’t cover too well so it was more important that we covered well and operated well as a group.' Back in 2012, St. Pierre made four starts at long snapper for the Stamps before suffering a season-ending knee injury. Prior to that, his only long snapping experience in the CFL was with the Eskimos in 2010. His snapping abilities helped earn him the Eskimo nomination for most outstanding special teams player at the end of that season....  With Chevrier still on the injured list, St. Pierre will get another opportunity to handle long snapping duties on Friday night." - Stampeders

July 24, 2014 - Rene Parades kicks four FGs in win over Esks 
"Rene Paredes nailed four field goals as the Calgary Stampeders became the sole remaining undefeated team in the Canadian Football League with a 26-22 victory over the Edmonton Eskimos on Thursday.... Calgary regained the lead in the pouring rain with just over a minute remaining in the third frame on a 29-yard Paredes field goal and then benefited from a bevy of Edmonton penalties to make it 26-20 six minutes into the fourth quarter on a 30-yarder from their kicker." - National Post

July 18, 2014 - Rene Parades kicks game winner over Ticats
"Rene Parades kicked the game-winning field goal in the fourth quarter before the Calgary defence came up big to preserve the victory on Friday as the Stampeders hung on to edge the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 10-7.... The Stamps took a 10-7 lead at 8:16 of the fourth quarter when Parades connected from 39 yards out to round out the scoring.... The Ticats had a chance to tie the game, but kicker Justin Medlock was unable to kick a 29-yard field goal due to a botched snap." - Times Colonist

June 24, 2014 - kicker Rene Paredes named team captain
The Venezuelan-born kicker had plenty of reasons to be happy as the Stamps began preparations for the Als. He was named one of four players selected by the players to serve as team captains this season. “It feels good,” Paredes said. “It’s the second year in a row my teammates voted for me. “The Special Teams Player of the Year (award) probably had something to do with it. I’m pretty excited and it’s something good to put on your resume'.” - Calgary Sun

June 23, 2014 - kicker Tyler Crapigna headed back to school
"Mac football just got a big 5-foot-7, 165-pound bonus. That would be the expected return this Ontario University Athletics football season of arguably the best kicker ever to suit up for the Marauders. The Calgary Stampeders' release this past weekend of Tyler Crapigna paves the way for the diminutive striker with the big leg to return to Ron Joyce Stadium for a fifth and final season in maroon. Crapigna confirmed to the Spec Monday that barring an injury to Stampeders placement kicker Rene Paredes or punter Rob Maver prior to the start of the Mac season, he will be back with the maroons this season." - Hamilton Spectator

June 21, 2014 - kicker Tyler Crapigna placed on suspended list
"Four 2014 draft picks, offensive lineman Joe Circelli, kicker Tyler Crapigna, fullback Brian Marshall and defensive lineman Derek Wiggan, were all placed on the suspended list, a paperwork move which will allow the quartet of Canadians to head back to school in the fall." - Calgary Sun

June 14, 2014 - Tyler Crapigna kicks game winner over Winnipeg
"After missing a 40-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter, Tyler Crapigna regained his composure to lead the Calgary Stampeders to a 23-20 win over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. The rookie kicker booted a pair of 42-yard field goals, the second with no time remaining on the clock, to lead the Stampeders to a thrilling CFL pre-season victory. 'I've been in some of these situations before, playing in the Vanier Cup a couple years ago, but I was happy just to get another chance to show what I can do out here,' said Crapigna, who kicked a 20-yard field goal in double overtime to lift the McMaster Marauders to a 41-38 win over the Laval Rouge et Or to win the 2011 Vanier Cup. 'You definitely don't want to end on that missed field goal for sure. I was a little nervous, but I just kind of decided to take it slow and a lot of the guys were helping me'." - Times Colonist

June 6, 2014 - kicker Tyler Crapigna
"Hoping so are the Stamps, who snatched Crapigna with the 40th pick at the CFL draft. He could return to McMaster for a fifth — and final — season of eligibility, but do not ask him about that. He’s not interested in buying another textbook. 'I’m here to try to make this team.' The 21-year-old adds that he’s performed well so far. 'I’ve shown pretty good — I’ve done what I need to do,' says the Ottawa native. 'Field-goal-wise, I think I’m there. Punting-wise, I’m improving every day, so I’m happy with that. I feel I’ve been pretty confident about all my stuff. Getting used to these new holders, I’m kind of in a rhythm.''The resident go-to toe, Rene Paredes, is certainly one to watch. He made field goals at an astonishing 94.7 per cent clip last year, so the kid is keeping an eye on No. 30. 'I try to take a bit of what they’re doing and incorporate that into my game,' Crapigna says of Paredes and punter Rob Maver. 'These guys have played at the professional level for a while now. I’m just trying to do what I can to be like them. To be a pro. To approach the game like a pro.' Apparently, he’s on the right track. Because it was Paredes who pointed out that the two kickers engage in identical warm-up routines." - Calgary Herald

May 22, 2014 - Paredes, Maver & Sweet
Starting out on his annual cross-Canadian commute from Montreal to Calgary, Rene Paredes officially began the 2014 Canadian Football League season earlier this week on Tuesday morning. And, for the third consecutive year, the Calgary Stampeders kicker and reigning special teams player of the year is scheduled to fly from Calgary to Vancouver on Saturday for the other part of his season prep — meeting up with Stamps punter Rob Maver to train with the legendary Don Sweet. Whatever they’ve been doing seems to be working for the tandem which, unsurprisingly, has consequently turned into the envy of the league. 'The main thing he does, after working with him for three years, he focuses on little things you have to correct,' said Paredes who is heading into his fourth season with the Stampeders. 'He tries to help you fix those things before you get to training camp so you don’t have to worry during the season. At this point, he gives us more confidence'. In addition to the mechanics, Sweet provides punting and kicking scenarios to stay sharp and think on their feet. A must, especially at this time of the year." - Calgary Herald

May 13, 2014 - kicker Tyler Crapigna drafted
"Crapigna -- who famously kicked the winning field goal in overtime to clinch McMaster's 2011 Vanier Cup victory -- was the first Marauder off the board, being chosen 40th overall by the Calgary Stampeders in the fifth round. The two-time All-Canadian will join the Stampeders' record-setting starter, Rene Paredes, in Calgary." - Marauders

January 30, 2014 - long snapper Randy Chevrier re-signed
"Chevrier, a 37-year-old Montreal native, was slated to become a free agent Feb. 15. Chevrier played in all 18 regular-season games last year without making an errant snap while registering nine special-teams tackles. He also played in Calgary’s 35-13 loss to Saskatchewan in the West final. Chevrier has appeared in 157 career games with Calgary.... Chevrier joined the Stampeders in 2005 after two seasons with Edmonton. 'I’m excited to be remaining with the Calgary Stampeders,' said Chevrier. 'Working with (kicker) Rene Paredes, (punter) Rob Maver, (holder) Bo Levi Mitchell and coach Mark Kilam has been one of the best experiences of my career'." - Calgary Herald

Robert Morris Colonials Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

July 31, 2014 - punter Tony LaMancusa
"Ranks second in career punts (185) and punting yardage (6,892) at RMU entering 2014... Sits third in career punting average (37.25) at RMU (min. 20 attempts)... Owns three varsity letters." - Colonials

April 12, 2014 - spring scrimmage
"The RMU special teams also had a solid afternoon as part of the scrimmage, with kickers Connor Shennan (Plymouth, Mich. / Canton) and Hunter Khaleghi (San Diego, Calif. / La Jolla Country Day) combining to go 6-for-6 in field goal attempts. Shennan connected from 46, 28 and 22 yards, while Khaleghi was successful from 38, 35 and 33 yards." - Colonials

Toronto Argonauts Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

July 30, 2014 - kicker Swayze Waters receives monthly honor
"Toronto Argonauts kicker and punter Swayze Waters was named the CFL Special Teams Player of the Month for July. Waters went 13-of-14 (92.9%) kicking field goals to open the season, as well as boasting the league’s highest punting average at 46.8 yards. The native of Jackson, Mississippi matched a career-high in Week 2 by making five field goals against the Calgary Stampeders, including a 51-yarder, equaling his career long. The single season record holder in points at the University of Alabama-Birmingham is currently third in kicking points with 50." - CFL

June 16, 2014 - long snapper Jake Reinhart
"Long snapper Chad Rempel’s departure left Argos head coach Scott Milanovich with some definite concerns. While the long snapper isn’t a player most fans worry, the position can cost a head coach some sleepless nights. That’s where Jake Reinhart enters. Reinhart is a linebacker by trade out of Guelph but was savvy enough while with the Gryphons to heed some advice from long-time defensive line coach Brian Cluff who suggested learning how to properly ‘long snap’ a football might be a good idea for his football future. 'I didn’t focus on it until my later years in university,' Reinhart said. 'We had a defensive line coach, coach Cluff, who said you really have a shot in the CFL if you can long snap so I started working with him and I really started to get good at it. I just kept working at it and here I am now.' Reinhart was in camp with the Argos last year and got some valuable tutelage time with Rempel but didn’t stick with the team. 'He was a really nice guy,' Reinhart said. 'He would show me different hand placements on the ball and how to really swing your hips back when you fire it so he taught me a few things for sure.' Little did he know, but Reinhart was making quite the impression himself a year ago. 'With Reinhart here last year I felt very comfortable with him as did (general manager) Jim Barker and now that (special teams coach) Jim Daley has had a chance to see him he feels pretty good about him as well so we’ve been fortunate there'.” - Toronto Sun

June 1, 2014 - long snapper Michael Benson signed
"Argos announce they have Signed Long Snapper Michael Benson & released OL Scott Mitchell." - Argonauts

April 15, 2014 - long snapper Jake Reinhart signed
"Guelph, Ontario native Jake Reinhart re-joins the Argonauts after attending 2013 training camp with the club as a long snapper. He had a successful five-year football career at the University of Guelph where he was a team captain. In 2011, he finished third in the CIS with 63 tackles, 1 sack, and 2 forced fumbles. That year, he was named Guelph’s Defensive Player of the Year and named an Academic All-Canadian. In his junior year, he was the recipient of the Gryphons’ 2010 Special Teams Award after finishing the season with 17 tackles and 3 returned kickoffs in 9 games." - Gryphons

February 11, 2014 - kicker Swayze Waters re-signed; Noel Prefontaine released
"The Toronto Argonauts have made some decisions in their kicking game, re-signing K/P Swayze Waters and releasing veteran P/K Noel Prefontaine.... Waters joined the Argos in 2012 and was part of the special teams unit that helped host and hoist the 100th Grey Cup in Toronto, converting two (2) field goals in the win. Waters finished the 2012 season 32 of 43 on field goals including a memorable 51-yard game-winning kick in week 19 against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.  In 2013, Waters was hurt in the home opener but returned later in the season to go 18 of 25 on field goal attempts with a long of 50-yards.  He has also put himself into the Argos record books as his two-season kickoff average of 66.2 yards ranks first all-time amongst Argos kickers." - CFL

February 7, 2014 - kicker Josh Jasper signed
"Former New Orleans VooDoo Kicker Josh Jasper has signed with the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League.... Jasper played for LSU from 2007-2010. Jasper was a consensus All-American Kicker in 2010, and the only consensus All-American Placekicker in LSU History. During his career at LSU Jasper made 47 of 56 field goals, making him the most accurate kicker in LSU history." - sportsNOLA

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Prairie View A&M Panthers Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

July 18, 2014 - summer specialists
"The Panthers should be in good hands on special teams as the only spot the coaching staff needs to replace is the holder.... Senior punter Travis Jatzlau averaged 40.9 yards punts per game last season while Christopher Barrick is expected to bounce back as the team’s field goal kicker. Fellow senior Michael Cottingham emerged as a surprise as he recorded 19 touchbacks in his first season as PVAMU’s kickoff specialist." - Panthers

Pennsylvania Quakers Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

May 29, 2014 - incoming freshman class includes two specialists
K/P Brock Elmore, Bloomington, Ind., Bloomington High School - Four-year letterwinner in football ... Team won two sectional championships (2010, 2013) and a regional championship (2010) ... 2013 academic all-state ... Named to 2013 all-state senior team by the Indiana Football Coaches Association ... 2013 all-conference honorable mention ... Team’s Special Teams MVP as a junior and senior ... Also lettered in track.
P/K Hunter Kelley, Huntington Beach, Calif., Edison High School - Lettered three times in both football and soccer ... Served as captain of his soccer team as a senior en route to a 23-2-1 record and a league championship ... Also won three league titles and a sectional championship in football ... Three-time Scholar Athlete honoree in both football and basketball ... 2012-13 second-team all-league in soccer ... 2013-14 first-team all-league and Defensive Team MVP in soccer ... 2013 first-team all-section, second-team all-county in football ... 2013 Sunset League Kicker of the Year ... 2013 Orange County Football All-Star ... 2013 all-league academic team. - Quakers

April 5, 2014 - Red vs. Blue Spring Game
"Jimmy Gammill connected on a 30-yard field goal." - Quakers

Fred Mitchell Award 2014 Watch List, part 1

The annual Fred Mitchell Outstanding Place-Kicker Award is provided to the nation’s top collegiate place-kicker among more than 750 FCS, Division II, III, NAIA and NJCAA football teams. The Award is named for Fred Mitchell, the record-setting place-kicker, Wittenberg University Athletic Hall of Famer, author, philanthropist and Chicago Tribune sports columnist. The recipient of the Fred Mitchell Award will be chosen based on excellence on the football field and in the community. The Award’s Watch List is released in late July, top performers are recognized monthly during the college football season, and the winner (who is not required to be on the Watch List) is announced in mid-December. The school of the Award winner receives scholarship funds and the Fred Mitchell Award trophy will be presented in February 2015 at the National Football Foundation Chicago Metro Chapter Awards Ceremony at Halas Hall. 

The breakdown of the 36 place-kickers on this years’ watch list is as follows: 
  • Collegiate Division – 7 FCS, 12 Division II, 12 Division III, 3 NAIA and 2 NJCAA 
  • State – the place-kickers play at schools located in 24 different states
  • Year – 16 Seniors, 11 Juniors, 9 Sophomores 
  • Fred Mitchell Award Finalists in 2013 that are on the 2014 Watch List - 13
In alphabetical order, following is the first third of the 2014 Fred Mitchell Award Watch List: 

NICK AUSSIEKER Illinois State University – FCS 
Senior from Wildwood, MO….2nd on the team in 2013 scoring with 62 points from 9 of 11 FG’s and 35 of 35 PAT’s…nominated for 2013 Fred Mitchell Award…. named to 2014 College Football Performance Awards Watch List …needs 66 points to set the school’s all-time scoring record….scored 13 points in 55-14 win over Indiana State on October 19….averaged 56 yards on 67 kickoffs….volunteers with the football team at Special Olympics….volunteered with coaches and teammates by digging trenches for the Humane Society of Central Illinois 

MATTHEW AVEN Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (California) – Division III 
Sophomore from Bellaire, TX….led the team in 2013 scoring with 44 points from 11 of 17 FG’s and 11 of 18 PAT’s…nominated for 2013 Fred Mitchell Award….tied Division III record with 62-yard FG on October 19 against Cal Lutheran….also made 50-yard FG against Cal Lutheran….named SCIAC Male Athlete of the Week and selected to the Team of the Week following Cal Lutheran game….scored 13 points in 49-46 OT win over Whittier on October 26 including game-winning 33-yard FG….made game-winning 36-yard FG in OT to beat Lewis & Clark on September 14….made 53-yard FG against Rhodes on September 21….one FG miss and three PAT misses were blocked….two week mission trip in Honduras at Mission Lazerus….Impact Church Reading Program volunteer….Service Project with Amigos for Christ in Nicaragua….monthly volunteer at Loaves and Fishes soup kitchen for four years 

ALEX BALL Lamar University (Texas) – FCS 
Sophomore from Westlake, CA….4th on the team in 2013 scoring with 41 points from 7 of 7 FG’s and 20 of 20 PAT’s….took over kicking responsibilities midway through his freshman season…. named to 2014 College Football Performance Awards Watch List….scored career-high 16 points in win over Stephen F. Austin including 41-yard FG for the win as time expired and school record 4 FG’s in a game….Southland Conference Special Teams Player of the Week….made career-long 47-yard FG at Sam Houston State….made 42-yard FG against Central Arkansas….averaged 52 yards on 52 kickoffs….volunteered to play games and read books to kids at a local children’s home 

MICHAEL BARON Bentley University (Massachusetts) – Division II 
Junior from Medfield, MA….2nd on the team in 2013 scoring with 64 points from 9 of 13 FG’s and 37 of 38 PAT’s….2nd in Northeast-10 in FG %, PAT % and FG’s made….4 FG’s in October 5 game against Saint Anselm tied school and conference record….named NE-10 co-Special Teams Player of the Week for his efforts in that game where he scored 14 points…averaged 53 yards on 36 kickoffs….Deutches Altenheim nursing home volunteer 

ALEX BOUMERHI Lock Haven University (Pennsylvania) – Division II 
Junior from Philipsburg, PA….led the team in 2013 scoring with 46 points from 9 of 15 FG’s and 19 of 23 PAT’s….48-yard FG was the 2nd longest in the PSAC last season….averaged 57 yards on 41 kickoffs….volunteers each spring at the Robbie Gould Foundation Golf Tournament and youth football camp hosted by Lock Haven native and Chicago Bears kicker Robbie Gould….Philipsburg Soccer Association volunteer coach in spring and summer….Philipsburg-Osceola High School soccer team volunteer coach….held free youth soccer clinic for 60 local players for the Philipsburg Soccer Association….volunteer coach for local high school football kickers and specialists….participates in football team community service projects 

ANDREW BREES University of Minnesota Duluth – Division II 
Junior from West Allis, WI….2nd on the Bulldogs in 2013 scoring with 81 points from 10 of 15 FG’s and 51 of 58 PAT’s….volunteered at Courage Center Duluth the past two winters, working with people with disabilities ... volunteers at annual Duluth Lions Club Pancake Day, the ALS Blizzard Tour and various UMD sports clinics 

JEREMIAH CARTER Trinity International University (Illinois) – NAIA 
Sophomore from Irving, CA….2nd on the team in 2013 scoring with 51 points from 9 of 13 FG’s and 24 of 28 PAT’s….nominated for 2013 Fred Mitchell Award….scored 8 points in 20-17 win over Olivet Nazarene on October 5….averaged 55 yards on 45 kickoffs….pitcher on TIU’s baseball team….Special Olympics volunteer….volunteers at Challenger Classic baseball for special needs children….church Children’s Ministry volunteer for past six years….Vacation Bible School volunteer for past five years….Feed the Homeless volunteer….Walk to Cure Duchenne Disease participant….Junior Olympics and Irvine Junior Games volunteer 

KYLE CAZZETTA Yale University (Connecticut) – FCS 
Senior from Slate Hill, NY….3rd on the team in 2013 scoring with 58 points on 11 of 15 FG’s and 25 of 30 PAT’s…. nominated for 2013 Fred Mitchell Award…. named to 2014 College Football Performance Awards Watch List ….All-Ivy League honorable mention…two-time Ivy League Special Teams Player of the Week….punt, pass and kick volunteer with New Haven youth football teams….Bulldog Youth Day volunteer at a baseball game….Mandi Schwartz bone marrow drive participant….Warrior Scholar Project volunteer that helps veterans return to college life…Relay for Life participant with fellow Yale students 

CLARENCE CLARK Baker University (Kansas) – NAIA 
ophomore from Phoenix, AZ …led the team in 2013 scoring with 160 points (94 kicking points from 17 of 26 FG’s and 43 of 46 PAT’s)….made FG’s from 59, 55 and 51 yards as a freshman last season…scored 11 TD’s as a wide receiver….coaches 125 youth football players in Chandler at the Monday Night Football Free Football and Cheer Clinic presented by Chandler American Youth Football and Cheer 

SAM COTE Wheaton College (Illinois) – Division III 
Senior from Wheaton, IL …led the team in 2013 scoring with 83 points from 12 of 16 FG’s and 47 of 50 PAT’s….2013 Fred Mitchell Award Finalist….earned CCIW Special Teams Player of the Week three times in 2013… made a 53-yard FG as time expired in the first half against Illinois Wesleyan, the longest in school history….averaged 56 yards on kickoffs…. led a service/missions trip to Ethiopia through the Wheaton Football Ministry Partnership….served with FCA as an intern for the past three years including leading a Summer Bible Study and leading a Speed Training Camp for six weeks….led the FCA/Chick-Fil-A Chicago Power Camp for 200+ inner City kids… led the FCA service trips for the past three years….campus representative for Compassion International….Chicago Hope Academy volunteer….volunteering with Willow Creek Association by working with their student leadership conference in Germany 

ANDREW FRANKS Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (New York) – Division III 
Senior from Carmel, CA….led the team in 2013 scoring with 53 points from 9 of 11 FG’s and 26 of 28 PAT’s….All-Liberty League First Team kicker….BSN National All-America First Team….team’s Special Teams Player of the Year…tied his own school record with a 50-yard FG….four tackles including three unassisted….Liberty League Special Teams Performer of the Week three times in 2013… National Team of the Week once….ECAC North West Special Teams Player of the Week twice….averaged 63 yards on 46 kickoffs….Special Olympics volunteer for past two years….American Cancer Society Relay for Life participant 

JOHN GAY Harding University (Arkansas) – Division II 
Senior from Jonesboro, AR….led the team in 2013 scoring with 77 points from 6 of 7 FG’s and 59 of 64 PAT’s….nominated for 2013 Fred Mitchell Award….scored 12 points against Henderson State on October 26….Walk for the Cure cancer walk volunteer including selling food to raise funds….wrote thank you notes to Harding donors in the annual Say Thanks Day and Highlighter Run….washed windows and cars for the elderly with the football team