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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Fred Mitchell Award September 2011 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 September. "September had quite a few college football games decided by late scores by place-kickers, long snappers, holders and blockers on special teams. It has been a very exciting start to the college football season. We are pleased to recognize place-kickers that were nominated by their schools for extraordinary performance during the month, even some that were raised as far away as England and China," said Fred Mitchell. The Award’s Selection Committee Chairman Chris Kearney added, "The place-kickers we recognize are having tremendous success on the gridiron so far this season. In addition, their civic and volunteer activities are having a profound and positive impact in their communities. We are delighted to honor this group."

In alphabetical order, the first third of the Fred Mitchell Award honorees for September 2011 are listed below.

TYLER ALMEIDA, University of Mount Union (Ohio) – Division III
Junior from Elyria, OH….leads the #2 ranked Purple Raiders in scoring with 33 points from 4 of 6 FG’s and 21 of 22 PAT’s….scored 11 points in 41-17 win over Wisconsin-Oshkosh on September 10….scored 12 points in 66-7 win over Wilmington on September 24 …Raider Buddy Program volunteer to visit local elementary schools to mentor and tutor students

GREGG BERKSHIRE, Ashland University (Ohio) – Division II
Senior from Ashland, OH….tied for 1st on the team in scoring with 42 points from 9 of 13 FG’s and 15 of 15 PAT’s….owns school kicking records with 133 career PAT’s, 49 FG’s and 280 points….leads the Conference in kick scoring, FG’s and PAT’s….tied for 1st in Division II in FG’s per game….GLIAC Special Teams Player of the Week….scored 15 points in 39-36 four OT win over Indianapolis on September 10….was kicker on summer 2011 United States team that won the Gold Medal at the International Federation of American Football Senior World Championship…. averaged 62 yards in 23 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….guest speaker at several Sunday School classes at local church….involved in community drive to upgrade Ashland City Schools where he distributed literature, posted signs in the community and sent letters to support the initiative…joined teammates at campus bookstore to read stories to area children

ZACH BROWN, Portland State University (Oregon) – FCS
Junior from Keizer, OR….2nd on the Vikings in scoring with 20 points from 4 of 4 FG’s and 8 of 9 PAT’s…. holds school record for most career FG’s with 40 and with nearly two seasons yet to play….holds school record with 10 consecutive FG’s made dating to last season….has made 4 of the school’s 9 all-time FG’s over 50 yards…tied career record with 44 consecutive PAT’s made….averaged 60 yards on 17 kickoffs….volunteer at McLaren Juvenile Detention Center….participated in Male Involvement Night at River Road Head Start which is a child development program for low-income and special needs children…participated in the Walk to D’Feet ALS

RYAN BULLOCK, Lane College (Tennessee) – Division II
Freshman from Hackleburg, AL….leads the team in scoring with 25 points from 5 of 6 FG’s and10 of 10 PAT’s….chosen as SIAC Honorable Mention Player of the Week in his first week playing college football after 17-10 win over Edward Waters College….SIAC Special Teams Player of the Week after September 17 win over Point University by 48-16….SIAC Honorable Mention Player of the Week after September 24 game against Morehouse College….averaging 51 yards in 20 kickoffs….group leader volunteer in the school’s “Clean Up the Campus” community event

CHASE CARPENTER, Northwest Mississippi Community College – NJCAA
Freshman from Slayden, MS….4th on the team in scoring with 24 points from 1 of 4 FG’s and 21 of 24 PAT’s….on pace to finish in the top 5 in PAT’s made and attempted in single-season school history…averaging 57 yards on 27 kickoffs….exceeded 50 hours in community service….Vacation Bible School volunteer

BILL CRORY, Nichols College (Massachusetts) – Division III
Senior from Townsend, MA…leads team in scoring with 17 points from 4 of 5 FG’s and 5 of 7 PAT’s….ranks 2nd in NEFC in FG’s and FG percentage…scored 7 points at Framingham State on September 9….averaging 46 yards on 14 kickoffs….volunteered with his family to build a walkway at his hometown church….Special Olympics on-campus volunteer each Friday afternoon…helped over 100 youth football players in the school’s first Youth Football Clinic….on-campus tutor for math, accounting, finance and management classes

JASON CUNNINGHAM, Montana State University (Montana) – FCS
Senior from Amarillo, TX….leads the Bobcats and the Big Sky Conference in scoring with 41 points from 9 of 11 FG’s and 14 of 14 PAT’s …owns record for most career points in school history with 282 points…56 career FG’s is most in school history and 6th in Conference history….made all 5 FG attempts in win at Eastern Washington including two 55-yard FG’s…scored 11 points in 43-7 win over Minot State on September 17….6 of 9 FG’s from beyond 50 yards in career….volunteers in the Bozeman public school system

LONG DING, Norwich University (Vermont) – Division III
Senior from Qing Dao, China….2nd on the team in scoring with 18 points from 2 of 4 FG’s and 12 of 12 PAT’s….has made 24 consecutive PAT’s dating back to last season….scored 7 points in 38-20 win over Becker on September 24….averaging 44 yards on 19 kickoffs….nominated for the National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award for excellence on the football field, in the classroom and in the community….volunteer Academic Mentor on campus

DAVE EDEN, University of Northern Colorado - FCS
Sophomore from Westminster, CO….leads the team in scoring with 21 points from 4 of 4 FG’s and 9 of 9 PAT’s….made career-long 42-yard FG at Idaho State on September 17 which is the 4th longest kick since the school was added to the FCS in 2006….averaging 53 yards on 5 kickoffs….volunteers for Bagging with the Bears program where student-athletes help the community by bagging and carting groceries to vehicles

RYAN ESTEP, Norfolk State University (Virginia) – FCS
Senior from Chesapeake, VA…leads the team in scoring with 42 points from 11 of 11 FG’s and 9 of 9 PAT’s….two-time MEAC Special Teams Player of the Week after games against West Virginia on September 10 and Charleston Southern on September 24….tied career-best 3 FG’s in a game three times during September….leads FCS kickers with 2.75 FG’s per game….10.5 points per game is 2nd highest in the Conference and 8th in FCS….Great Bridge High School football camp volunteer

DANIEL FISHER, Bloomsburg University (Pennsylvania) – Division II
Sophomore from Harrisburg, PA….2nd on the Huskies in scoring with 36 points from 7 of 8 FG’s and 15 of 17 PAT’s ….scored 8 points in 20-16 win over Indiana (PA) on September 15….averaging 57 yards on 26 kickoffs….Habitat for Humanity volunteer….helped renew local town park in The Big Event community service program….Ronald McDonald House volunteer

JACOB GAHART, Ripon College (Wisconsin) – Division III
Junior from Elkhorn, WI….2nd on the team in scoring with 25 points from 4 of 5 FG’s and 13 of 14 PAT’s…named Midwest Conference Special Teams Performer of the Week on September 6 and September 19….20 career FG’s ranks 2nd in school history….made 45-yard FG which is his 2nd longest and 6th longest in school history…ranks 2nd in conference scoring by a kicker this season and 10th overall….scored a season-high 10 points in 42-14 win at Wisconsin Lutheran….averaging 52 yards on 23 kickoffs….has one reception for 9 yards this season….career development department volunteer at Ripon College….mentor to students at Ripon Middle School….assisted with research to establish an improved test for freshmen during Summer orientation

JORDAN GAY, Centre College (Kentucky) – Division III
Junior from Danville, KY….2nd on team in scoring with 33 points from 6 of 6 FG’s and 15 of 15 PAT’s….two-time SCAC Special Teams Player of the Week on September 6 and September 26….scored 18 points in 38-21 win over Hanover…named to D3football Team of the Week….made a 51-yard FG in 45-0 win over Austin on September 26….averaging 64 yards on 23 kickoffs…participated in city park clean-up…served as tutor for local high school students….campus tour guide

HERB GLASS, University at Albany - FCS
Senior from Miller Place, NY….leads team in scoring with 19 points from 3 of 4 FG’s and 10 of 10 PAT’s….became the school’s highest-scoring place-kicker on September 3….ranks 5th in career scoring overall with 183 points….set school record for career FG’s made with 29 against Columbia on September 24….96 career PAT’s ranks 3rd in school history…Northeast Conference Special Teams Player of the Week following Colgate game on September 3…one of five school kickers to make two FG’s over 40 yards….tied the 3rd longest FG in school history (48 yards) and made a 41-yard FG on the first possession in overtime….participates in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk….raised funds and walked in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Walk

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