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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Fred Mitchell Award October Recognizees, part 1

The Fred Mitchell Award recognized 42 place-kickers for their excellence on the football field and in the community during the month of October. The breakdown of the kickers is as follows:
  • Collegiate Division – 13 FCS, 13 Division II, 10 Division III and 6 NAIA
  • State – the place-kickers play at schools located in 27 different states, led by Pennsylvania schools with 8 place-kickers
  • Year – 21 Seniors, 7 Juniors, 9 Sophomores, 5 Freshmen
  • Included on the Preseason Watch List for the 2010 Fred Mitchell Award - 18
In alphabetical order, the first third of the Fred Mitchell Award honorees for October 2010 are as follows:

TYLER ALMEID, University of Mount Union (Ohio) – Division III
Sophomore from Elyria, OH….2nd on team in scoring with 67 points from 9 of 12 FG’s and 40 of 41 PAT’s….has made 25 straight PAT’s for the #2 ranked Purple Raiders….has had a season-high 6 PAT’s in three games this season…scored 8 points in 38-0 win over Capital on October 23….scored 9 points in 45-7 win over Heidelberg on October 16….made a career-long 34-yard FG at John Carroll…Raider Buddy Program volunteer to visit local elementary schools to mentor and tutor students

C.J. BAHR, Slippery Rock University (Pennsylvania) – Division II
Senior from Boalsburg, PA….2nd on team in scoring with 41 points from 7 of 9 FG’s and 20 of 22 PAT’s….3 of 3 FG’s and 8 of 8 PAT’s in October….scored 7 of the team’s 13 points against Mercyhurst on October 30….kicked game-tying 47-yard FG with 31 seconds left in regulation to force OT on September 18 against West Chester on September 18, followed by a 33-27 win….scored 9 points on 2 of 3 FG’s and 3 of 3 PAT’s against West Chester….averaging 58 yards in 20 kickoffs….tutors underprivileged youth at the I Care House in New Castle….assists with YMCA youth soccer and football clinics in State College area ... served as volunteer at State Cup youth soccer competition ... developing marketing plan for State College Spikes minor-league baseball team ... served as intern with Spikes ... attended Sport Entertainment and Venues Tomorrow conference in South Carolina ... attended Sport Sales Workshop at Quicken Loans Arena and Progressive Field in Cleveland

GREGG BERKSHIRE, Ashland University (Ohio) – Division II
Junior from Ashland, OH….leads team in scoring with 68 points from 12 of 19 FG’s and 32 of 34 PAT’s….scored 12 points in 30-24 win over Saginaw Valley State on October 23....made a career-long 50-yard FG and scored 13 of Ashland’s 19 points at Northern Michigan on September 25….averaging 61 yards in 57 kickoffs…filmed a television spot for Ashland County United Way to promote the United Drive program to collect canned goods from local residents…volunteered for United Drive collection campaign…spoke to Ashland Middle School students about the importance of goal setting and he also read them books

GARRETT BIEL, Trinity University (Texas) – Division III
Sophomore from Clayton, CA….leads the Tigers in scoring with 47 points from 8 of 12 FG’s and 23 of 26 PAT’s….scored 7 points in October 23 game against DePauw….48-yard FG against Rhodes tied for the 3rd longest in school history….45-yard FG against Millsaps tied for the 8th longest in school history….ranked in top 5 in Trinity history in career FG’s made (25) and attempted (31) in just his second season….averaging 50 yards in 21 kickoffs….assists families unable to properly care for their dogs by working with a San Antonio organization that distributes coupons, dog food, leashes, toys and more….helps youth place-kickers at his former high school

STEPHEN BLOSE, Youngstown State University (Ohio) - FCS
Senior from Erie, PA…leads the Penguins in scoring with 61 points from 10 of 12 FG’s and 31 of 33 PAT’s….made all 8 FG’s in October….scored 11 points in October 9 game against North Dakota State….made key 37-yard FG in 4th quarter and scored 7 points in 31-28 win over 13th ranked Southern Illinois on September 25….set school record by making all 9 PAT’s in 63-24 win over Central Connecticut on September 18….Youngstown State SAAC Member….Dean’s Dozen Advisory Council volunteer for the school’s College of Education….Ohio Council of Teachers and Mathematics Member…International Honor Society in Education….National Leadership Honor Society Member

CHRISTIAN BROM, Texas A&M-Kingsville – Division II
Senior from McAllen, TX…leads the Javelinas in scoring with 57 points from 10 of 13 FG’s and 27 of 29 PAT’s….LSC South Special Teams Player of the Week after making a career-high 3 FG’s in a 28-24 win over 7th ranked West Texas A&M on October 16….named LSC South Player of the Week after kicking 2 FG’s including the game-winning 42-yard FG with 21 seconds left in the game to beat Tarleton State 13-10 on October 23 allowing the team to become ranked 7th in the polls….scored 8 points in 56-17 win over Southwestern Oklahoma on October 30…10 FG’s this season is a career high…220 career points ranks 10th in school history…ranks 3rd in career FG’s (31) and 4th in career PAT’s (127)….averaging 58 yards in 40 kickoffs….participates in the Take A Kid to the Game program….volunteered to give presents to children at the Driscoll Children’s Hospital….works with kickers from his high school in McAllen during the summer

ERIC BUCHANAN, Walsh University (Ohio) - NAIA
Senior from Green Cove Springs, FL…leads the team in scoring with 62 points from 9 of 15 FG’s and 35 of 35 PAT’s….scored 9 points in 45-14 win over Olivet Nazarene on October 2….made 29-yard FG in 24-21 win over rival Malone on October 23….ranks 7th in career scoring with 164 points….Akron Children’s Hospital volunteer….Green High School volunteer coach….volunteers at Clay High School football camps

CRAIG BURGESS, Indiana University of Pennsylvania – Division II
Senior from Medina, OH….leads team in scoring with 57 points from 14 of 19 FG’s and 15 of 18 PAT’s….scored 9 points on October 9 against Mercyhurst….scored 10 points in 16-6 win over Southern Connecticut on September 4….scored 11 points in 23-17 win over East Stroudsburg on September 11….holds Crimson Hawks record for career FG’s made with 45….has made 123 of 127 PAT’s at IUP and set school record with 98 in a row that ended on October 2….averaging 61 yards in 29 kickoffs….spent eight weeks in summer 2010 at the Charlotte Sports Center youth camps to help develop athletic skills for children aged 4-13….bone marrow donation registration fair at IUP…campus and community clean-up projects…Hearts for the Hungry (providing food for starving children in Haiti)…tutored elementary students…coached kickers at Ohio State football camps and summer 2010 camps in Chicago

TYLER CANNON, Eastern New Mexico University – Division II
Junior from Los Lunas, NM….leads the team in scoring with 65 points from 9 of 13 FG’s and 38 of 39 PAT’s…scored 7 points in 55-20 win over Southeastern Oklahoma on October 30….scored 14 points in 44-21 win over defending Lone Star Conference North Division Champion Texas A&M-Commerce on September 25….volunteer reader to elementary school students in Dr. Seuss Day at schools in Floyd, NM….youth football camp volunteer

T.J. CHIAROLANZA, Lycoming College (Pennsylvania) – Division III
Senior from Warminster, PA…2nd on the team in scoring with 45 points from 7 of 8 FG’s and 24 of 27 PAT’s….scored 22 points in October including 7 points in 31-24 win over King’s on October 2….named Middle Atlantic Conference Special Teams Player of the Week following September 25 upset of 13th ranked Ithaca…2nd in the Conference in scoring by place-kickers….made 23-yard FG with 7 seconds remaining and scored 8 points to beat Ithaca 26-24….averaging 58 yards on 38 kickoffs….assisting with planning for Salvation Army’s Breakfast with Santa event on December 4….helped cleanup Brandon Park after the Susquehanna 500 race to support the Red Cross….volunteered at Penn State Tailgate at the sports dome in Muncy

EDGAR COLMENARES, Northwestern Oklahoma State University – NAIA
Freshman from Pauls Valley, OK…2nd on the team in scoring with 57 points from 7 of 9 FG’s and 36 of 41 PAT’s….Central States Football League Special Teams Player of the Week three times….scored 15 points in 51-14 win over Bacone on October 16….scored 10 points in 62-42 win over Southern Nazarene on October 9….tied school record by making 9 PAT’s in 79-20 win over Texas College on September 25….took part in the Big Event community event when the football team planted 80 trees at the recreation center

GORDON CRAIG, Dickinson College (Pennsylvania) – Division III
Senior from Grove City, PA….leads team in scoring with 45 points on 10 of 14 FG’s and 15 of 19 PAT’s….scored 10 points in 28-24 win over Susquehanna on October 16 when he also set the school record for most career FG’s….scored 11 points on 2 of 2 FG’s and 5 of 5 PAT’s in 41-16 win over McDaniel on September 25….made 47-yard FG on September 18 against Franklin & Marshall….ranks 1st among Dickinson place-kickers with 211 career points….Boiling Springs Bengals youth football camp volunteer…Step Into Africa Program mission trip volunteer to assist disaster recovery efforts and to work with underprivileged children

JASON CUNNINGHAM, Montana State University (Montana) – FCS
Junior from Amarillo, TX….leads the Bobcats in scoring with 88 points from 18 of 21 FG’s and 34 of 40 PAT’s….set school record with 17 FG’s in a season on October 23 against Northern Colorado….made a school record 14 consecutive FG’s this season….ranks 2nd in school history with 225 points….made game-tying 36-yard FG with 2:17 left in regulation to force overtime, leading to 20-17 win over Idaho State on October 30….scored 13 points in 37-35 win over Northern Colorado on October 23….scored 17 points in 64-61 win against Sacramento State on October 2, including the game-winning FG in overtime….The Sports Network FCS Special Teams Player of the Week after scoring 18 points in 48-21 win over Drake on September 18….averaging 67 years in 64 kickoffs….volunteer in the Bozeman public school system

CHRIS DINIZ, Sacramento State University (California) – FCS
Senior from Escalon, CA….leads the Hornets in scoring with 62 points from 11 of 12 FG’s and 29 of 30 PAT’s….scored 10 points in 40-10 win over 25th ranked Northern Arizona on October 30….four of 11 FG’s are 40+ yards and two are 50+ yards…named Big Sky Conference Special Teams Player of the Week after scoring 13 points against 14th ranked Montana on September 25 including tying the school record with 4 FG’s in a game….school’s all-time leader in FG % with 95%….averaging 62 yards in 43 kickoffs….volunteered to support local homeless people by preparing and delivering lunches


Anonymous said...

Is there a resource to find out more information about NCAA field goal kickers? The NCAA stats website is nice, but I'd be very interested in seeing the lengths of FGs made and missed.

Mike Herman said...

I'm not aware of a stat site that has specific FG lengths. ESPN has them grouped into the usual ten yard increments going back to 2004. S-R has players stats back to 2000:

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