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Saturday, November 6, 2010

Fred Mitchell Award October Recognizees, part 3

"The place-kickers we recognize are having tremendous success on the gridiron. In addition, their civic and volunteer activities are having a profound and positive impact in their communities. It is truly a pleasure to honor this group."
- Award’s Selection Committee Chairman Chris Kearney

We recently looked the first third and second third of the 42 kickers recognized for the month of October by the Fred Mitchell Award. Today, we look at the remainder of the kickers on the list:

JOHN PAGLIA, Charleston Southern University (South Carolina) - FCS
Senior from Ocala, FL …ranks 3rd on the team with 19 points on 3 of 8 FG’s and 10 of 12 PAT’s….tied for 2nd in school history with 143 career points….scored all 5 of his points in the first half against Gardner-Webb on October 16….only missed FG’s in October were from 50 and 48 yards….averaging 59 yards on 34 kickoffs….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….leads team in scoring with 35 points from 6 of 8 FG’s and 17 of 18 PAT’s…scored 7 points in 38-0 win over Minnesota Crookston on October 16….has made last 5 FG’s including two from 43 yards….averaging 59 yards on 30 kickoffs….Red Ribbon Week volunteer….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

MATT RAWSON, Amherst College (Massachusetts) – Division III
Junior from Bethesda, MD…leads the team in scoring with 56 points from 6 of 7 FG’s and 32 of 33 PAT’s and scored 1 touchdown after a fake FG….scored 16 points in 70-49 win over Tufts on October 30 from 10 of 10 PAT’s and a 3-yard TD run after a fake FG….NESCAC Special Teams Player of the Week following October 30 win….scored 7 points in 37-10 win over Wesleyan University on October 23….scored 45 points during October….raised money during each of the past two years for the Relay for Life cancer fundraiser on campus….Habitat for Humanity volunteer….George Washington University intern for The Eleanor Roosevelt Papers Project

DAVIS RODRIGUEZ, Lafayette College (Pennsylvania) – FCS
Senior from St. Petersburg, FL….leads the Leopards in scoring with 54 points from 12 of 17 FG’s and 18 of 18 PAT’s….scored 8 points in 28-21 win over Stony Brook on October 16….scored 15 points from 4 of 4 FG’s and 3 of 3 PAT’s against Princeton on September 25….averaging 61 yards on 34 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 81 points from15 of 19 FG’s and 36 of 37 PAT’s….scored 10 points in 51-35 win over Brevard on October 30….scored 6 points in 39-36 win over Urbana on September 18….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 62 yards on 62 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 55 points on 6 of 10 FG’s and 37 of 39 PAT’s….holds school records for career PAT’s made (160), PAT’s attempted (171) and career FG’s made (31)….scored 12 points in 30-0 win over University of the South-Sewanee on October 30….averaging 59 yards on 55 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 in scoring with 46 points on 12 of 17 FG’s and 10 of 11 PAT’s….scored 5 points including a 47-yard FG against Florida A&M on October 30….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….Fellowship of Christian Athletes Leadership Team

WESLEY SKIFFINGTON, Stony Brook University (New York) - FCS
Sophomore from Brandon, FL…ranks 3rd on the Seawolves in scoring with 43 points from 5 of 9 FG’s and 28-30 PAT’s….scored 9 points in 27-9 win over VMI on October 9 including career-long 44-yard FG….made 11 PAT’s in wins over Charleston Southern on October 30 and Coastal Carolina on October 23….averaging 48 yards on 21 kickoffs….Friends of Jaclyn Program volunteer….Sunrise Fund volunteer at Stony Brook University Medical Center

STEPHEN STANSELL, Austin Peay State University (Tennessee) – FCS
Sophomore from Athens, TN….leads the Governors in scoring with 50 points on 11 of 16 FG’s and 17 of 17 PAT’s…made 50-yard FG against Jacksonville State on October 23….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….only player in school history to make three 50+ yard FG’s in a season….averaging 61 yards in 37 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…. leads team in scoring with 54 points on 6 of 7 FG’s and 36 of 38 PAT’s….scored 13 points in 55-42 win over Geneva on October 9….scored 10 points in 34-6 win over Thiel on September 18 and named to D3football.com’s Team of the Week after the win….averaging 56 yards in 51 kickoffs

IAIN VANCE, Georgia State University – FCS
Senior from Duluth, GA….leads the team in scoring with 68 points on 12 of 14 FG’s and 32 of 34 PAT’s….scored 8 points including game-winning 33-yard FG to beat North Carolina Central 20-17 in overtime on October 16….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….averaging 59 yards in 36 kickoffs….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 59 points from 7 of 8 FG’s and 38 of 42 PAT’s….scored 11 points in 39-10 win over The Citadel on October 16….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….averaging 66 yards on 27 kickoffs….March of Dimes volunteer….participates in reading programs at local elementary schools….Special Olympics volunteer….assists school’s sports information and radio network offices


CASEY WIEDER, Ottawa University (Kansas) – NAIA
Senior from North Richland Hills, TX….2nd on the top 10 ranked Braves in scoring with 68 points….9 of 15 FG’s and 41 of 43 PAT’s in PAT’s….holds school record with 24 career FG’s….24 of 24 PAT’s during October….organized the October 15 Red Cross Blood Drive….NAIA Red Cross Internship in Washingston, D.C….Braves Buddies Reading Program…volunteered for Habitat for Humanity Community Service Day….Fellowship of Christian Athletes Leadership Team on campus

BRADEN WIEKING, University of Sioux Falls (South Dakota) – NAIA
Sophomore from Sioux Falls, SD….2nd on the #1 ranked Cougars in scoring with 77 points from 10 of 15 FG’s and 47 of 47 PAT’s….has made 147 consecutive PAT’s which is an NAIA record….scored 12 points in 66-21 win over Briar Cliff on October 9….scored 10 points in 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 61 yards on 65 kickoffs….Sioux Falls Fellowship of Christian Athletes volunteer and Group Huddle Leader on campus….Habitat for Humanity volunteer….Vacation Bible Study volunteer

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