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Sunday, August 15, 2010

Fred Mitchell Award 2010 Watch List, part 3

A blue-ribbon Selection Committee evaluates place-kickers that are nominated by their schools for the Fred Mitchell Award. There are nine members of the Pro and/or College Football Hall of Fame on the Selection Committee including Tom Beck, George Blanda, Kevin Butler, Lou Holtz, Paul Hornung, Marv Levy, Steve McMichael, Don Pierson and Gale Sayers.
Fred Mitchell & Jeff Schebler, 2009
Several former football players that are active in their communities are also on the Selection Committee including Carl Allegretti, Sean Gothier, Dan Jiggetts, Jeff Michalczyk, Mark Murphy, Rob Perry, Jeff Schebler, Bob Thomas, Todd Wilkins, Gary Zauner and Rob Zvonar. There are nine former college or NFL place-kickers on the Selection Committee, including Schebler, the 2009 Fred Mitchell Award recipient and the highest-scoring place-kicker in NCAA history at any level.

Peter Nilson
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (New York) – Division III
Senior from Appleton, WI….led team in 2009 scoring with 37 points from 6 of 10 FG’s and 19 of 20 PAT’s….ranked 9th in Liberty League in scoring and 3rd among place-kickers….2009 Fred Mitchell Award Watch List….All-Liberty League Second Team in 2009…3rd in school history with 88 career PAT’s and 5th in career FG’s with 14…. raised funds and awareness for Leukemia Society….Alive Ministries community projects including yard maintenance….volunteered for three years in the TOPSoccer program including playing soccer with children that have physical and mental limitations

Tyler Padgett
Central Methodist University (Missouri) – NAIA
Senior from Jefferson City, MO….led team in 2009 scoring with 50 points in 2009 from 7 of 10 FG’s and 29 of 30 PAT’s…school’s all-time leader with 63 career PAT’s…2009 All-Heart of America Athletic Conference Honorable Mention…2009-10 Dr. James Luetjen Scholar-Athlete Award…2009 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete…Walking School Bus volunteer “driver”…Special Olympics Flag Football Clinic…visited Children’s Rehabilitation Hospital in Mexico City…helped with various cleanup projects at Ronald McDonald House…volunteers for various campus and community service projects

John Paglia
Charleston Southern University (South Carolina) - FCS
Senior from Ocala, FL … led the team in scoring in 2009 with 76 points on 16 of 22 FG’s and 28 of 30 PAT’s … set school records for FG’s made in a season (16), career FG percentage (72.2%) and broke his own record for the longest FG in school history (51 yards) against Stony Brook … ranks 2nd in Bucs history in career points (124) and career FG’s (26)….Big South Second Team All-Conference in 2009 and 2008….twice named Big South Special Teams Player of the Week…made three FG’s against Stony Brook (including from 43 and 51 yards) and made three FG’s the following week against Coastal Carolina… hit four PATs in three different games, going a perfect 4-for-4 against North Greenville and VMI … hit seven field goals in a row, spanning four games in the middle of the season … hit his only attempt over 50 yards and was 5-8 from 40-49 yards, going a perfect 7-7 under 40 yards …averaged 62 yards per kickoff with seven touchbacks on 55 kicks … had two touchbacks and a 67.2 yard average on six kickoffs against Stony Brook … works with underprivileged kids at the Closing the Gap in Healthcare fitness seminar … helps place-kickers in the Ocala area with kicking, weight training and flexibility … worked with place-kickers at the University of Florida camp … meets and mentors underprivileged kids in the Charleston area….Fellowship of Christian Athletes at Charleston Southern … helps coach a little league softball team sponsored by his father

Thomas Parrott
Northern State University (South Dakota) – Division II
Senior from Tampa, FL….2009 Fred Mitchell Award Finalist….2009 Fred Mitchell Award Watch List….2009 First Team NSIC North Division Punter...2009 Second Team NSIC North Division Place-Kicker...2008 Second Team NSIC North Division Place-Kicker...2nd on the Wolves in 2009 scoring with 41 points from 20 of 21 PAT’s and 7 of 11 FG’s….made 5 of last 7 FG’s in October including 10 points in the October 10 game against the University of Mary….averaged 59 yards in 42 kickoffs….Fellowship of Christian Athletes….volunteer Chemistry tutor to Northern State students….participated in the United Way and Northern State University Day of Champions event to assist with various community service projects in the Aberdeen area

Davis Rodriguez
Lafayette College (Pennsylvania) – FCS
Senior from St. Petersburg, FL….started 2009 campaign as Preseason All-American….scored 57 points in 2009 from 8 of 13 FG’s and 33 of 35 PAT’s…two-time Patriot League Special Teams Player of the Week….has hit game-winning FG’s against Penn in two of the past three seasons….volunteers at Muscular Dystrophy Association camps for one week each summer….Saint Vincent Depaul soup kitchen volunteer each Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day to feed the homeless….volunteers at an orphanage each summer in Costa Rica….participates in Lauren’s First and Goal Football Camp which raises funds for pediatric brain tumor research and for impacted families

Andrew Rogowski
Ithaca College (New York) – Division III
Junior from East Amherst, NY… 2009 Fred Mitchell Award Finalist….Empire 8 First Team All-Star in 2009 as place-kicker (Second Team Empire 8 as punter) ... led Bombers in 2009 scoring with 67 points (3rd highest single-season total by Ithaca kicker) from 31 of 33 PAT’s and 12 of 15 FG’s….set school’s single season record with 12 FG’s and is the most accurate FG kicker in school history (81% career percentage)….Division III Special Teams Player of the Week after September 19 win over Widener when he was 5 of 5 on PAT’s and 2 of 2 on FG’s including a career-long 39 yard FG that was topped by a 43 yard FG on the last play of the first half after two “icing” timeouts by Widener….named Empire 8 Special Teams Player of the Week three times (more than any other player), following wins over Widener, #14 Alfred and Cortland….named team's Outstanding Specialist four times (after Widener, Utica, St. John Fisher and Alfred games)….career totals of 132 points (4th in school history), 17 FG’s (3rd) and 81 PAT’s (4th)….kicked career-high three FG’s in Cortland win….volunteers time to visit residents of the Bath Veterans Hospital….participated in the football team’s Give Back Day where local youth football teams visit the players to learn techniques, strategy and sportsmanship….volunteered for fundraiser for the Greater Ithaca Activity Center

Gareth Rowlands
Tusculum College (Tennessee) – Division II
Senior from Bellech, Wales….2009 Fred Mitchell Award Finalist….2010 Preseason All-South Atlantic Conference First Team and nominated for multiple other preseason All-America teams….led team in 2009 scoring with 66 points from 30 of 31 PAT’s and 12 of 16 FG’s….8 of 9 FG’s from 40+ yards including a 52-yard FG (missed a 55-yard FG attempt)….2009 Daktronics All-Region Second Team….2009 All-South Atlantic Conference First Team….2009 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District IV College Division Football (First Team)….scored 34 points in October from 13 PAT’s and 7 FG’s….made game-winning 44-yard FG against Newberry where Rowlands scored 10 points….named South Atlantic Conference Special Teams Player of the Week after 34-31 win at Newberry….66 points in 2009 led Conference place-kickers….set Pioneers records during October for career PAT’s (82) and points by a place-kicker (154)….averaged 59 yards on 49 kickoffs in 2009….Adopt-a-Highway Program roadside clean-up….meets with local elementary school students weekly to help mentor the students in the Lunch Buddies Program….Bible School volunteer….Upward Bound Leader….Tusculum College Sports Information Office volunteer

Taylor Russolino
Millsaps College (Mississippi) – Division III
Senior from Metarie, LA…. 2009 Fred Mitchell Award Finalist….2009 Fred Mitchell Award Watch List….2009 Second Team All-SCAC selection....led the Majors in 2009 scoring with 76 points (2nd in SCAC) from 43 of 44 PAT’s and 11 FG’s (2nd in SCAC) in 17 attempts….11 FG’s in 2009 ranked 2nd in a single season at Millsaps....made 9 of 10 FG’s up to 40 yards last season….holds school records for career PAT’s made (123), PAT’s attempted (132) and career FG’s made (25)….averaged 59 yards in 63 kickoffs in 2009….volunteers weekly for the Mississippi School for the Blind and Deaf….assists the New Summit Middle School students that have special needs….Stewpot Community Services volunteer helping to serve 120 meals daily to needy in the Community Kitchen and delivering 50 meals daily to shut-ins in the Jackson, MS area

Andrew Samson
Senior from West Bloomfield, MI….led team and Ivy League place-kickers in scoring in 2009 and 2008…scored 58 points in 2009….has never missed a PAT in college career (74 of 74)….led Ivy League in FG percentage in 2008 and ranked 2nd in 2009….2009 ECAC Kicker of the Year….two-time First Team All-Ivy League….holds Ivy League record for the most FG’s in a season in conference play….holds Penn record for the most FG’s in a season (16) and consecutive PAT’s made (74)….entering 2010 season ranked 7th in career scoring at Penn and 2nd in career FG’s….top 10 in Ivy League history in career FG’s attempted, FG’s made and scoring by a kicker….three-time Ivy League Special Teams Player of the Week….has scored in every Penn game since 2007….three-year participant in the Bone Marrow “Be the Match” program….Freshman Move-In volunteer

Foley Schmidt
Dartmouth College (New Hampshire) - FCS
Junior from Inner Grove Heights, MN….led the Big Green in scoring each of his first two seasons….scored 37 points in 2009 from 6 of 9 FG’s and 19 of 20 PAT’s….2 of 2 in FG’s over 40 yards including the game-winner in double-overtime against Cornell after sending the game into overtime with a 26-yard FG with 2:17 left in regulation….Ivy League Special Teams Player of the Week after the win over Cornell….All-Ivy League Honorable Mention as place-kicker in 2009….scored 39 points in 2008 from 9 of 13 FG’s and 12 of 13 PAT’s as a freshman….converted two FG’s and two PAT’s in first collegiate game to earn Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors….career-long FG was a 42-yarder against Holy Cross….volunteer leader for Project RightChoice which is a student-run organization that has raised $150,000 for the Fisher House Foundation….is a diabetic and has been very active since the age of eight in raising funds and awareness via the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and their annual Walk for the Cure

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