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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Fred Mitchell Award 2010 Watch List, part 2

The annual Fred Mitchell Outstanding Place-Kicker Award is provided to the nation’s top collegiate place-kicker among more than 600 FCS, Division II, III and NAIA 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 August, 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 at the National Football Foundation Chicago Metro Chapter Awards Ceremony at Halas Hall.

In part 1 we looked at the first ten kickers on the Watch List. Continuing in alphabetical order, here are the next ten:

Jackson Damron
Junior from Ventura, CA….2009 Fred Mitchell Award Finalist….2009 Fred Mitchell Award Watch List….2nd on the Kingsmen in scoring in 2009 with 68 points on 44 of 45 PAT’s and 8 of 14 FG’s….top-ranked place-kicker in the Conference in FG’s made and scoring in 2009….ranked 5th in the SCIAC in scoring among all players….scored 12 points in October 10 win over Pomona-Pitzer, 48-14….scored 6 points in November 14 win over Redlands, 30-21….averaged 61 yards on 63 kickoffs….two-year volunteer in high school baseball and basketball camps….multiple year volunteer in Santa Barbara youth sports camps

Eric Dobratz
Shepherd University (West Virginia) – Division II
Junior from Woodbridge, VA….2nd on the team in 2009 scoring with 63 points from 9 of 14 FG’s and 36 of 40 PAT’s….made a career-long 45-yard FG in nationally-televised season finale against Glenville State….ranks 6th on the school’s all-time scoring list among kickers with 99 points….volunteers at events to raise funds and awareness for Autism….volunteered in his hometown to clean-up the community after an Independence Day celebration

Kyle Dougherty
Senior from Merritt Island, FL….led Conference kickers in 2009 scoring with 110 points from 19 of 25 FG’s and 53 of 55 PAT’s….named 2010 Third Team All-American and a Top Ten Specialist by The Sports Network….2010 Honorable Mention All-American according to Consensus Draft Services….2010 Preseason Second Team All-Conference selection by Phil Steele….2009 All-Conference Second Team….set Salukis record for FG’s in a season (19) of which 10 where from at least 40 yards in 12 attempts….enters 2010 season with 49 FG’s, just two FG’s shy of school’s career record….303 career points…visits local elementary schools to read to students as part of the Just Read program

Jacob Gahart
Ripon College (Wisconsin) – Division III
Sophomore from Elkhorn, WI….2009 Fred Mitchell Award Finalist….set school record in 2009 for most FG’s in a season with nine….33 of 36 PAT’s (one blocked, two missed one of which was his first-ever kick in college)….9 of 13 FG’s including 7 of 7 for FG’s under 40 yards in 2009….tied school record with 47-yard FG and made a 42-yard FG in the same game which is the 6th longest in school history….two-time Midwest Conference Special Teams Performer of the Week (October 19 and November 2)…converted on more than one FG in three games during the 2009 season….career development department volunteer at Ripon College….assisted with research to establish an improved test for freshmen during Summer orientation

C.J. Gradoville
Morningside College (Iowa) - NAIA
Senior from Council Bluffs, IA….ranked 2nd in team scoring in 2009 with 87 points on 8 of 11 FG’s and 63 of 68 PAT’s….2009 All-Great Plains Athletic Conference Second Team selection….school’s all-time leader with 32 career FG’s and 194 career PAT’s….set season record for most FG’s with 12 in both 2007 and 2008….owns school record for the most PAT’s in a season with 76….was 12 of 12 in FG’s and 76 of 77 in PAT’s in 2008….consecutive streaks of 18 FG’s and 98 PAT’s….entering 2010 season six points shy of Morningside career scoring record of 299 points set by Jerry Johnson in 1914-17….led the NAIA in 2008 scoring by a place-kicker with 112 points and an average of 9.3 points per game….2008 College Fanz Sports Network First Team All-American and First Team All-Conference selection….multiple conference Special Teams Player of the Week and one-time winner of the NAIA Special Teams National Player of the Week….scored 16 points in a 2008 win over Dana College to set the conference single-game scoring record by a place-kicker….volunteer camper companion at Camp Quality Heartland, a camp in Omaha for children with cancer and their siblings….Humane Society volunteer….participated in World Mission trip to the Dominican Republic….youth kicking clinics at high schools and with the Billy Cundiff Kicking Camp in Des Moines

Billy Hallgren
Senior from Coal Valley, IL….led team in 2009 scoring with 82 points from 13 of 17 FG’s and 43 of 43 PAT’s….All-MVFC Honorable Mention….8 of 8 PAT’s, made 4 tackles and forced 2 fumbles in win over South Dakota….scored 12 points in win over St. Francis….enters the 2010 season with 139 PAT’s, ranked 2nd in school history and just 12 PAT’s from tying the record….49 career FG’s ranks 4th all-time at UNI….286 career points ranks 4th in school history and just 45 points shy of the record….Special Olympics volunteer….helped with UNI’s Wheelchair Camp….volunteered for youth high school football camps near his hometown….volunteer at Waterloo Leisure Services golf camp….helped with the USA youth wrestling tournament on campus….provided administrative duties for Senator in Iowa

Josh Lewis
McNeese State University (Louisiana) – FCS
Sophomore from Denham Springs, LA….ranked 2nd on the team in 2009 scoring with 61 points from 6 of 9 FG’s and 43 of 48 PAT’s….ranked 9th in the Southland Conference in scoring….2nd highest PAT percentage (90%) and 3rd highest FG accuracy (67%) in the Conference….made game-winning FG in final seconds to beat #2 ranked Appalachian State….made game-winning FG in final minute to beat Texas State….helps young place-kickers with their technique….volunteers to help the underprivileged in his hometown….Fellowship of Christian Athletes volunteer….volunteer assistant coach for his sister’s soccer team

Tom Lynch
Saint Xavier University (Illinois) - NAIA
Junior from Frankfort, IL….2009 College Fanz Sports Network All-American Honorable Mention….2009 Mid-States Football Association (MSFA) All-Mideast League First Team….led team in scoring in 2009 with 110 points from 11 of 17 FG’s and 77 of 82 PAT’s….ranked 3rd in Cougars history in career points for a place-kicker after just one season….set record for the most PAT’s in a season with 77….ranked 13th in NAIA with 11 FG’s….made both FG’s in 2009 of 40+ yards including one in a 52-10 win over 6th ranked Lambuth University in the quarterfinals of the NAIA Championship Series….helped Saint Xavier break MSFA single-season records for scoring (643 points) and PAT’s made….named MSFA Mideast League Special Teams Player of the Week three times out of 12 weeks….participated in the school’s annual Service Day where students do community service projects….summer day camp volunteer at South Bridge Church….place-kicker tutor to kicker at his high school alma mater

Tyler Mosko
Methodist University (North Carolina) – Division III
Junior from Pembroke Pines, FL….led team with 50 points in 2009….23 PAT’s in 2009 ranked 4th in school history…career-long 42 yard FG was among 9 FG’s in 2009…5 of 8 in FG’s of 30+ yards….USA South First Team All-Conference….converted two game-winning FG’s including a career-long 42 yard FG for an overtime win over Shenandoah….works with Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and Special Olympics….volunteers in a reading and mentoring program at a local elementary school….school tutor….volunteers at youth soccer camps and homeless shelter….Miami-area Adopt-a-Highway program volunteer

Matt Myers
Junior from Corona, CA….Honorable Mention Preseason All-American selection by Consensus Draft Services….scored 87 points in 2009 from 17 of 24 FG’s and 36 of 36 PAT’s….2009 All-Big Sky Second Team Kicker….Conference Special Teams Player of the Week….had streak of 8 straight FG’s in 2009 season….made FG at the end of regulation to force overtime against Montana….6 of 8 FG’s of 40+ yards including season-long 51 yard FG against Eastern Washington….participated in Red Ribbon Week volunteer events….community drug-free campaign speaker at local elementary schools

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