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Thursday, November 4, 2010

Fred Mitchell Award October Recognizees, part 2

"October had quite a few college football games decided by late scores by place-kickers, long snappers, holders and blockers on special teams. Some place-kickers throughout the country have already established single-season records at their schools. We are pleased to recognize place-kickers that were nominated by their schools for extraordinary performance during the month."
- Fred Mitchell

The other day we looked the first third of the 42 kickers recognized for the month of October by the Fred Mitchell Award. Today, we look at the second third of the list:

ERIC DOBRATZ, Shepherd University (West Virginia) – Division II
Junior from Woodbridge, VA….ranks 2nd on the Rams with 57 points from 4 of 8 FG’s and 45 of 47 PAT’s….scored 7 points in 37-26 win over 21st ranked West Virginia Wesleyan on October 16….scored 8 points in 56-19 win over West Virginia State on October 30 to clinch the Conference championship….West Virginia Conference Special Teams Player of the Week following standout performance in September 25 win over Seton Hill and after making game-winning 32-yard FG in 19-16 win over Fairmont State on September 18….averaging 61 yards in 63 kickoffs….entered the 2010 season ranked 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

STEVEN FETZER, Illinois State University – FCS
Senior from Mahomet, IL…leads team in scoring with 63 points from 12 of 17 FG’s and 27 of 29 PAT’s….10 of 13 on FG’s less than 50 yards….made both FG’s and scored 9 points in 34-24 win over #14 North Dakota State on October 14….kicked 39-yard FG in second OT to beat Missouri State 44-41 on September 25….made career-long 51-yard FG and scored 12 points in the 25th ranked Redbirds win over Missouri State which led to being named the Missouri Valley Conference Special Teams Player of the Week….scored 11 points in 55-54 OT win over Central Missouri on September 2….volunteer for the local campus Habitat for Humanity chapter….participates in State Farm’s Just Read program at local elementary schools

DANIEL FISHER, Bloomsburg University (Pennsylvania) – Division II
Freshman from Harrisburg, PA….2nd on the Huskies in scoring with 67 points from 17 of 19 FG’s and 16 of 17 PAT’s….set school record for most FG’s in a game with 5 in 36-16 win over C.W. Post on October 30….17 FG’s so far this season broke previous school record of 10 FG’s in a season…kicked career-long FG’s of 43 yards against Indiana (PA) and Shippensburg….Habitat for Humanity volunteer….helped renew local town park in The Big Event community service program….Ronald McDonald House volunteer

TOM FOOS, Defiance College (Ohio) – Division III
Senior from Helena, OH….2nd on the Yellow Jackets in scoring with 39 points from 6 of 9 FG’s and 21 of 25 PAT’s….two-time Conference Special Teams Player of the Week…scored 11 points in 41-21 win over Rose-Hulman on October 30….scored 7 points in September 4 game against Muskingum….averaging 57 yards in 40 kickoffs….participated in the College’s annual community service day which included clean-up work at numerous nearby playgrounds and parks

JACOB GAHART, Ripon College (Wisconsin) – Division III
Sophomore from Elkhorn, WI….2nd on the team in scoring with 63 points from 7 of 11 FG’s and 42 of 44 PAT’s….highest scorer among Midwest Conference place-kickers….tied for 4th in Red Hawks history with 7 FG’s in a season, just 2 FG’s behind his school record in 2009….scored 9 points in October 9 game against Monmouth…made game-winning 25-yard FG in OT to beat Carroll University 27-24 on September 25….named Midwest Conference Performer of the Week following September 25 game….averaging 54 yards on 57 kickoffs….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….leads the Mustangs in scoring with 85 points from 18 of 24 FG’s and 31 of 36 PAT’s….14 of 18 FG’s less than 40 yards….Great Plains Athletic Conference all-time leader with 381 career kick scoring points, 50 FG’s and 223 PAT’s …scored 14 points in 43-7 win over Hastings on October 30….scored 11 points in 23-12 win over Nebraska Wesleyan on September 11….averaging 63 yards on 58 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

AUBURN JIMENEZ, Macalester College (Minnesota) – Division III
Freshman from East Los Angeles, CA….leads team in scoring with 60 points from 9 of 13 FG’s and 33 of 35 PAT’s….scored 12 points against Hamline on October 2….scored 12 points in 48-27 win over Minnesota-Morris on October 29….made 43-yard FG with 3 seconds remaining to beat Crown 44-41 on September 25….44-yard FG against Minnesota-Morris was the longest at Macelester since Matt Kesler’s 49-yard FG in 1997….averaging 53 yards on 52 kickoffs….volunteered and raised money for the Alhambra American Little League….assisted the elderly at the Montebello Convalescent Home

ANDREW KOCUREK, Southwest Baptist University (Missouri) – Division II
Freshman from Aledo, TX….3rd on the Bearcats in scoring with 63 points from 4 of 7 FG’s and 51 of 55 PAT’s….scored 10 points in 52-0 win over Central State on October 23….made career-long 47-yard FG against William Jewell on September 18, which was the school’s longest FG since 2003…averaging 53 yards in 70 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

MICHAEL LANGSTON, Dixie State College (Utah) – Division II
Senior from Riverside, CA….3rd on the team in scoring with 24 points from 2 of 3 FG’s and 18 of 19 PAT’s….converted on first FG opportunity of the season from 37 yards for the Red Storm’s only score on October 16….scored 4 points in 18-15 win over Simon Fraser on October 23….averaging 57 yards on 32 kickoffs....President of the Dixie State Latter-Day Saints Student Association

SHAWN LEO, West Chester University (Pennsylvania) – Division II
Freshman from Harleysville, PA….leads the Golden Rams in scoring with 50 points from 7 of 8 FG’s and 29 of 31 PAT’s….scored career-high 14 points and converted all five FG attempts in October including a 48-yard FG against Shippensburg in a nationally televised game on CBS College Sports Network on October 7….tied school record for most FG’s in a game with 3 against Shippensburg including a 42-yard FG with 25 seconds left in regulation to tie the game, leading to a 44-43 win in double overtime….scored five points against 15th ranked Kutztown on October 30…Autism Walk volunteer on October 16….Relay for Life participant on campus in October….participated in football team’s Bone Marrow Donor program….volunteers at the Harleysville Community Center…little league umpire….volunteers at various kicking clinics with kicking coach Jeff Dinnocenti

JOSH LEWIS, McNeese State University (Louisiana) - FCS
Sophomore from Denham Springs, LA….leads the Cowboys in scoring with 46 points from 10 of 12 FG’s and 16 of 17 PAT’s….7 of 8 FG’s in October….made game-winning career-long 52-yard FG (3rd longest in school history) as time expired to beat Southeastern Louisiana 13-10 on October 23 and scored 7 points….named Southland Conference Special Teams Player of the Week two times including after Southeastern Louisiana game and after scoring 12 points on 3 of 3 FG’s and 3 of 3 PAT’s in 30-27 season opening win over Lamar….named Special Teams Player of the Week after October 23 win by the Sports Network/Fathead.com, College Football Performance National Team and the Louisiana Sports Writers Association….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 the #2 ranked Cougars in scoring with 85 points from 6 of 6 FG’s and 67 of 69 PAT’s….ranks 1st in total points among NAIA place-kickers….scored 14 points on 3 of 3 FG’s and 5 of 5 PAT’s in 46-21 win over Taylor University on October 2….moved up to 2nd in school history in career scoring by place-kickers….named MSFA Mideast League Special Teams Player of the Week on September 6 and October 11….averaging 61 yards in 58 kickoffs….participated in the school’s annual Service Day where students do community service projects….Emergency Management Association volunteer at the Department of Homeland Security in Palos Hills….volunteers at the PADS homeless shelter in Hazel Crest….South Bridge Community Church summer day camp volunteer and provides complimentary maintenance and lawn care….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 Lions in scoring with 58 points from 9 of 11 FG’s and 31 of 32 PAT’s….scored 7 points in 31-7 win over Delta State on October 28….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 51 points from 10 of 13 FG’s and 21 of 23 PAT’s….9 of 9 FG’s inside 40 yards….scored 9 points in 26-23 win over Southern Utah on October 2….scored 12 points including a 51-yard FG in 48-0 win over Western New Mexico on September 2….scored 12 points in the Lumberjacks 32-7 win over Idaho State on September 25….tied for 21st 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….involved with local Humane Society….Big Brothers Big Sisters volunteer….St. Mary Food Bank volunteer….helped protect homes from 2010 flood and assisted with the flood clean-up efforts

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