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Monday, December 6, 2010

Fred Mitchell Award 2010 Finalists

Ten finalists have been named for the 2010 Fred Mitchell Award, which is provided to the Football Championship Subdivision, Division II, Division III or NAIA place-kicker that excels on the football field and in the community. The place-kicker chosen for this Award will be announced by December 15, and he will be honored on February 21, 2011 at the National Football Foundation Chicago Chapter Awards Ceremony at Halas Hall.

The breakdown of the 10 place-kickers is as follows:
  • Collegiate Division – 4 FCS, 4 Division II, 0 Division III, 2 NAIA
  • State – the place-kickers play at schools located in 7 different states, Pennsylvania (3) and Georgia (2) each had multiple place-kickers among the finalists
  • Year – 5 Seniors, 4 Juniors, 0 Sophomores, 1 Freshmen
  • Included on the Preseason Watch List for the 2010 Fred Mitchell Award - 6
In alphabetical order, the finalists for the 2010 Fred Mitchell Award are listed below.

Slippery Rock University (Pennsylvania) – Division II
Senior from Boalsburg, PA….2nd on team in scoring with 55 points from 10 of 13 FG’s and 25 of 27 PAT’s….ranked 3rd by among draft-eligible college-division kickers for the 2011 NFL Draft and 25th overall….2010 First Team All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Association Western Division for the second straight season….holds school records for career FG’s (35), PAT’s in a season (50 in 2007) and consecutive PAT’s (65)….ranks 2nd in school history in career PAT’s (135) and 5th in career points (242)….First Team All-PSAC West and Third Team Don Hansen’s Football Gazette….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 56 yards in 21 kickoffs….son of former Penn State and NFL place-kicker Chris Bahr and nephew of former Penn State and NFL place-kicker Matt Bahr….Event Coordinator for 2010 “Banquet in the Burgh” fundraiser that generated $4,000 for the Best of the Batch Foundation run by Pittsburgh Steelers QB Charlie Batch….tutors underprivileged youth at the I Care House in New Castle….assists with State College YMCA youth soccer and football clinics ... served as volunteer at State Cup youth soccer competition including as Site Coordinator at Slippery Rock ... developing marketing plan for State College Spikes minor-league baseball team ... served as Operations Intern with Spikes in 2010 ... attended Sport Entertainment and Venues Tomorrow conference in South Carolina ... attended Sport Sales Workshop at Quicken Loans Arena and Progressive Field in Cleveland….Professional Development Chair for SRU Sport Management Alliance….tutors high school place-kickers….created SRU’s Sports Management website….attended 2010 Stadium Managers Association seminar as member of the Association and the North American Society for Sport Management.

Ashland University (Ohio) – Division II
Junior from Ashland, OH….leads team in scoring with 96 points from 16 of 23 FG’s and 48 of 50 PAT’s….First Team All-Conference….led Conference kickers in scoring (20th in Division II) and FG’s per game (6th in Division II)….set school record for scoring by place-kickers in a season, breaking his record that he set in 2009….set school record for most PAT’s and most FG’s in a season in 2010….tied for school record with 118 career PAT’s….ranks 2nd in career kick scoring (238 points) and 3rd in career FG’s (40)….scored 14 points in 44-15 win over Ohio Dominican on November 6….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 80 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.

Morningside College (Iowa) - NAIA
Senior from Council Bluffs, IA….leads the Mustangs in scoring with 94 points from 19 of 25 FG’s and 37 of 42 PAT’s….15 of 19 FG’s less than 40 yards….Great Plains Athletic Conference all-time leader with 390 career kick scoring points, 51 FG’s and 230 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 62 yards on 66 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.

West Chester University (Pennsylvania) – Division II
Freshman from Harleysville, PA….2nd on the Golden Rams in scoring with 63 points from 9 of 10 FG’s and 36 of 38 PAT’s….set school record for the highest FG percentage in a season with 90% and only miss was a 49-yard attempt at Slippery Rock....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.

Saint Xavier University (Illinois) - NAIA
Junior from Frankfort, IL….2nd on the #3 ranked Cougars in scoring with 108 points from 10 of 10 FG’s and 78 of 80 PAT’s….ranks 1st in total points among NAIA place-kickers….ranks 3rd in NAIA among place-kickers with 8.8 points per game….scored 12 points on November 20 in NAIA First Round Playoff game, a 66-19 win over Cumberlands….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, October 11 and November 8….averaging 60 yards in 72 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.

Georgia Southern University - FCS
Junior from Dalton, GA….2nd on the Eagles in scoring with 67 points from 11 of 12 FG’s and 34 of 34 PAT’s….tied for 1st in SoCon in FG % and PAT %....9th in SoCon in scoring….set school record for most consecutive PAT’s (84 of 84 in career)….led the team in scoring in 2008 and 2009….named SoCon Special Teams Player of the Week after scoring 11 points from 2 of 2 FG’s and 5 of 5 PAT’s….volunteers at the local Boys and Girls Club as mentor, tutor and participant in after-school athletics….reads to local elementary school students.

Northern Arizona University - FCS
Junior from Corona, CA….2nd on the team in scoring with 76 points from 14 of 18 FG’s and 34 of 36 PAT’s….Honorable Mention All Big Sky Conference….13 of 13 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….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.

Tusculum College (Tennessee) – Division II
Senior from Bellech, Wales….leads team in scoring with 111 points from 21 of 26 FG’s and 48 of 49 PAT’s….scored 18 points on 4 of 4 FG’s and 6 of 6 PAT’s in 54-44 win over Catawba on November 6….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 82 kickoffs….Adopt-a-Highway Program roadside cleanup…. 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.

University of Pennsylvania – FCS
Senior from West Bloomfield, MI….2nd on the 14th ranked Ivy League championship team in scoring with 62 points from 9 of 14 FG’s and 35 of 36 PAT’s…All Ivy League Honorable Mention….Penn’s all-time leading scorer with 238 points….school’s record-holder in nine categories including FG’s made, PAT’s made, PAT %, kicking points…holds Ivy League record for most conference FG’s in a season….top 10 in Ivy League history in career FG’s attempted, FG’s made and scoring by a kicker….11th highest career points of any player in Ivy League history and 2nd among kickers….3rd in conference history in career FG’s….scored in all 40 career games….109 of 110 in career PAT’s ….three-year participant in the Bone Marrow “Be the Match” program….Wharton School Peer Mentor….Freshman Move-In volunteer….Friars Senior Honor Society….Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Youth Social Event Coordinator for teens with special healthcare needs.

Georgia State University – FCS
Senior from Duluth, GA….leads the team in scoring with 79 points on 15 of 17 FG’s and 34 of 36 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 39 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.


Dean S said...

Impressive group of athletes. Congrats on a great year to each one of them.

george said...

Those really aren't the best kickers in the nation rather ones who've volunteered the most in their community

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