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Saturday, October 2, 2010

Fred Mitchell Award September Recognizees, part 2

The Fred Mitchell Award recognizes 32 place-kickers for their excellence on the football field and in the community during the month of September. A blue-ribbon Selection Committee evaluates place-kickers that are nominated by their schools.

Yesterday we looked at the first half of the kickers on the list. Today, the second half of the list:

C.J. GRADOVILLE, Morningside College (Iowa) - NAIA
Senior from Council Bluffs, IA….leads 5th ranked Mustangs in scoring with 41 points from 8 of 12 FG’s and 17 of 19 PAT’s….5 of 6 FG’s less than 40 yards with a 47-yard FG against Doane….school’s all-time leader with 337 points, 40 FG’s and 211 PAT’s …scored 11 points in 23-12 win over Nebraska Wesleyan on September 11….averaging 62 yards on 30 kickoffs….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

ANDREW KOCUREK, Southwest Baptist University (Missouri) – Division II
Freshman from Aledo, TX….4th on the Bearcats in scoring with 30 points from 2 of 4 FG’s and 24 of 26 PAT’s….made career-long 47-yard FG against William Jewell on September 18, which was the school’s longest FG since 2003…averaging 55 yards in 34 kickoffs….participates in the Big Cat Little Cat program where the school’s football players visit local elementary schools each Friday to visit the kids and assist teachers in their daily lessons….visits local nursing homes to volunteer time with the elderly

AUBURN JIMENEZ, Macelester College (Minnesota) – Division III
Freshman from East Los Angeles, CA….3rd on team in scoring with 22 points from 2 of 4 FG’s and 16 of 17 PAT’s….made 43-yard FG with 3 seconds remaining to beat Crown 44-41 on September 25….43-yard FG was the longest at Macelester since Matt Kesler’s 49-yard FG in 1997….scored 6 points in 24-20 win over Cornell on September 11….averaging 50 yards on 23 kickoffs….volunteered and raised money for the Alhambra American Little League….assisted the elderly at the Montebello Convalescent Home

JOSH LEWIS, McNeese State University (Louisiana) - FCS
Sophomore from Denham Springs, LA….leads the Cowboys in scoring with 14 points from 3 of 4 FG’s and 5 of 6 PAT’s….named Southland Conference Special Teams Player of the Week after scoring 12 points on 3 of 3 FG’s and 3 of 3 PAT’s in 30-27 season opening win over Lamar….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….2nd on team in scoring with 44 points from 3 of 3 FG’s and 35 of 35 PAT’s….FG’s have been from 38 to 47 yards….named MSFA Mideast League Special Teams Player of the Week on September 6….scored 9 points in the 4th ranked Cougars 45-14 win over Quincy University on September 25 to start the season 5-0….averaging 58 yards in 30 kickoffs….entered the 2010 season ranked 3rd in career points for a Cougars place-kicker after just one season….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

JOSH MONTGOMERY, University of North Alabama – Division II
Sophomore from Russellville, AL…leads the #3 ranked Lions in scoring with 37 points from 6 of 7 FG’s and 19 of 19 PAT’s….scored 12 points in 48-6 win over Southern Arkansas on September 18

MATT MYERS, Northern Arizona University - FCS
Junior from Corona, CA….2nd on the team in scoring with 32 points from 7 of 7 FG’s and 11 of 11 PAT’s….scored 12 points including a 51-yard FG on September 2….scored 12 points in the Lumberjacks 32-7 win over Idaho State on September 25….one of three place-kickers in FCS with 100% success on FG’s this season when at least 7 FG’s have been attempted….6th in the country in points per game and 5th in the country in FG’s made per game….participated in Red Ribbon Week volunteer events….community drug-free campaign speaker at local elementary schools

DAVIS RODRIGUEZ, Lafayette College (Pennsylvania) – FCS
Senior from St. Petersburg, FL….leads the Leopards in scoring with 23 points from 5 of 6 FG’s and 8 of 8 PAT’s….scored 15 points from 4 of 4 FG’s and 3 of 3 PAT’s against Princeton on September 25….averaging 62 yards on 13 kickoffs….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

GARETH ROWLANDS, Tusculum College (Tennessee) – Division II
Senior from Bellech, Wales….leads team in scoring with 35 points from 7 of 9 FG’s and 14 of 14 PAT’s….scored 6 points in 39-36 win over Urbana on September 18 to go 4-0 with a top 25 ranking….named South Atlantic Conference Special Teams Player of the Week for his 12 point effort in Tusculum’s 54-30 win at Western Carolina from the FCS….averaging 63 yards on 27 kickoffs….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…. 2nd on the Majors in scoring with 19 points on 2 of 2 FG’s and 13 of 14 PAT’s….holds school records for career PAT’s made (136), PAT’s attempted (146) and career FG’s made (27)….averaging 61 yards on 21 kickoffs….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

KEMAR SCARLETT, Morgan State University (Maryland) – FCS
Senior from Temple Hills, MD….leads the Bears and the Conference in scoring with 32 points on 10 of 12 FG’s and 2 of 2 PAT’s….set the school record for most FG’s in a game with 4….MEAC Special Teams Player of the Week two times in September including after 20-3 win at Howard on September 25….averaging 61 yards in 16 kickoffs…Fellowship of Christian Athletes Leadership Team

STEPHEN STANSELL, Austin Peay State University (Tennessee) – FCS
Sophomore from Athens, TN….leads the Governors in scoring with 34 points on 8 of 9 FG’s and 10 of 10 PAT’s….tied for 7th in the FCS in FG’s with 2 per game and tied for 24th in points per game….first in the Ohio Valley Conference in scoring among place-kickers and 2nd overall….leads Conference in FG’s made and FG %....made 50-yard FG against Tennessee State on September 18 en route to 26-23 win while also tying the school record by making four FG’s in the game….earned Conference Specialist of the Week and College Football Performance Awards Place-Kicker Co-Performer of the Week….made 51-yard FG at Wisconsin to score Austin Peay’s only points….only place-kicker in school history to make FG’s of 50 yards or more in consecutive games….averaging 58 yards in 23 kickoffs….volunteers in the Young Life program that serves youth in the Clarksville area

JON STORCK, Waynesburg University (Pennsylvania) – Division III
Sophomore from Smyrna, DE…. 2nd on the team in scoring with 21 points on 2 of 2 FG’s and 15 of 15 PAT’s….scored 10 points in 34-6 win over Thiel on September 18 and named to’s Team of the Week after the win….averaging 57 yards in 21 kickoffs

IAIN VANCE, Georgia State University – FCS
Senior from Duluth, GA….leads the team in scoring with 28 points on 5 of 5 FG’s and 13 of 13 PAT’s….made the game-winning 30-yard FG with one second left to beat Campbell 24-21….one of just four Seniors on Georgia State’s first-ever football team….volunteered for Kaboom Play Day by working with local elementary school students to teach them the value of a healthy, active lifestyle….visited patients at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta….participated in cleanup project at historic Oakland Cemetery

JASON VITARIS, Appalachian State University (North Carolina) – FCS
Senior from Seneca, SC…2nd on the #1 ranked Mountaineers in scoring with 34 points from 4 of 5 FG’s and 22 of 22 PAT’s….only missed FG was from 49 yards….scored 14 points from 3 of 3 FG’s and 5 of 5 PAT’s in 44-16 win over North Carolina Central on September 18….March of Dimes volunteer….participates in reading programs at local elementary schools….Special Olympics volunteer….assists school’s sports information and radio network offices

BRADEN WIEKING, University of Sioux Falls (South Dakota) – NAIA
Sophomore from Sioux Falls, SD….leads the #1 ranked Cougars in scoring with 46 points from 8 of 10 FG’s and 22 of 22 PAT’s….has made 122 consecutive PAT’s which is an NAIA record….scored 10 points in the 34-10 win over 22nd ranked Hastings on September 25….scored 13 points in 37-7 win over Midland Lutheran on September 11 including a career-long 44-yard FG….named NAIA Player of the Week and Great Plains Athletic Conference Player of the Week after win over Midland Lutheran….averaging 60 yards on 35 kickoffs….Sioux Falls Fellowship of Christian Athletes volunteer and Group Huddle Leader on campus….Habitat for Humanity volunteer….Vacation Bible Study volunteer

ADAM WILLETS, Campbell University (North Carolina) – FCS
Junior from Gibsonville, NC….20 points from 4 of 7 FG’s and 8 of 9 PAT’s….averaging 58 yards in 17 kickoffs…made three of the longest FG’s in the Pioneer Football League in September….converted career-best and school record 47-yard FG and scored 8 points in 20-16 win over Virginia-Wise on September 4....scored 7 points in September 12 game against Old Dominion…91 career points is a school record….Relay for Life volunteer for three years….participates in Stop Hunger Now program….promoted community service project by visiting three local elementary schools to promote the Bring a Kid to a Basketball Game program

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