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Saturday, October 1, 2011

Fred Mitchell Award September 2011 Recognizees, part 3

The annual Fred Mitchell Outstanding Place-Kicker Award is provided to the nation’s top collegiate place-kicker among more than 750 FCS, Division II, III, NAIA and NJCAA football teams. The Award is named for Fred Mitchell, the record-setting place-kicker, Wittenberg University Athletic Hall of Famer, author, philanthropist and Chicago Tribune sports columnist. The recipient of the Fred Mitchell Award will be chosen based on excellence on the football field and in the community. The Award’s Watch List is released in August, top performers are recognized monthly during the college football season, and the winner (who is not required to be on the Watch List) is announced in mid-December. The school of the Award winner receives scholarship funds and the Fred Mitchell Award trophy will be presented on February 20, 2012 at the National Football Foundation Chicago Metro Chapter Awards Ceremony at Halas Hall.

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

MATT MYERS, Northern Arizona University - FCS
Senior from Corona, CA….leads team in scoring with 32 points from 7 of 11 FG’s and 11 of 12 PAT’s…. all FG misses have been from 40-50 yards….scored 11 points at Portland State on September 17 including 48-yard FG….scored 8 points in 20-3 win over Idaho State on September 24 ….led volunteer efforts to visit Phoenix Children’s Hospital in August 2011…participated in Earth Week community cleanup event and Flagstaff kickoff setup….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 flood and assisted with the flood clean-up efforts…Allstate Good Words Team nominee

DAVID NADEAU, University of Minnesota Duluth – Division II
Senior from White Bear Lake, MN….leads the 10th ranked Bulldogs in scoring with 29 points from 6 of 7 FG’s and 11 of 11 PAT’s….named Conference Special Teams Player of the Week on September 26 after scoring 14 points in 26-23 win over Bemijdi State on September 24….tied school kicking records for most FG’s in a game (4) and most points in a game (14) on September 24….scored 8 points in 20-12 win over then-8th ranked Augustana (SD) on September 3….owns 13 school records including for career points (329), PAT attempts (233), PAT’s made (218), FG attempts (51) and FG’s made (37)….has made 18 of last 20 FG’s and 35 straight PAT’s dating to last season….averaged 62 yards on 20 kickoffs….Engineering Society member….annual volunteer in the Big Jig Fishing Contest

JAMES NEAL, Lindenwood University (Missouri) – Division II
Sophomore from Mansfield, TX....2nd on the Lions in scoring with 29 points from 4 of 4 FG’s and 17 of 18 PAT’s….kicked game-winning 21-yard FG as time expired and scored 10 points to beat FBS Northern Colorado 22-20 for the biggest regular season win in school history….made career-long 44-yard FG and scored season-high 11 points against Graceland on September 10….surpassed 100 career points in September in his 13th game and finished September with 114 career points…averaging 57 yards on 13 kickoffs…counselor at Camp Crucis

SCOTT ROCHE, Wheaton College (Illinois) – Division III
Senior from Evergreen, CO…leads the team in scoring with 29 points from 6 of 7 FG’s and 11 of 13 PAT’s….scored 11 points in 23-14 win over UW-Platteville on September 17….averaged 60 yards on 26 kickoffs….works with area youths as a leader in the Young Life program at a nearby high school for three nights each week….volunteered for Feed My Starving Children by packaging approximately 1,000 meals for those in need….actively participates in the football program’s ministry project each year during Spring Break, most recently in Senegal to help missionaries with work projects and building churches, playgrounds, lodging and other necessities….in his 4th year as a leader of a small group of football players as a part of ministry

ALEX ROMANIAS, Edinboro University (Pennsylvania) – Division II
Senior from Pittsburgh, PA….leads the 18th ranked Fighting Scots in scoring with 39 points from 7 of 7 FG’s and 18 of 18 PAT’s….ranks 3rd in school history with 129 career PAT’s and 4th in school history with 27 career FG’s…ranks 8th in career scoring with 210 points….has made 31 straight PAT’s dating back to last season….tied for 5th in Division II and 2nd in PSAC with FG’s per game with 1.75….9.75 points/game ranks 26th in Division II and 4th in the Conference….made all 3 FG attempts against West Liberty including a 40-yard FG at the end of the first half which matched his career long….scored 12 points in 30-14 win against West Liberty on September 3….converted FG’s of 35 and 37yards against Cheyney and against Gannon made FG’s of 31 and 21 yards….Read to Compete Program volunteer where football team reads to local elementary school students

DYLAN RUSHE, Endicott College (Massachusetts) – Division III
Sophomore from Palos Verdes, CA….leads the Gulls in scoring with 40 points from 7 of 9 FG’s and 19 of 20 PAT’s ….scored 15 points in 33-13 win over Framingham State on September 3 ….averaging 55 yards in 31 kickoffs….participates in annual run to raise money for St. Vincent de Paul as well as monthly food and clothing drives throughout local parish in Dublin, Ireland….assisted with Habitat for Humanity projects in Wilmington and Long Beach, CA….participates in weekly events with special needs children at North Shore Arc…Open Door Food Pantry volunteer during holidays to distribute food and household products….raises funds for Relay for Life, Walk for Life, City of Hope and Wellness Community

CODY SANDLIN, University of Tennessee at Martin – FCS
Junior from Goodlettsville, TN….leads the team in scoring with 32 points from 5 of 5 FG’s and 17 of 17 PAT’s….two FG’s have been from 40-49 yards….made 3 of 3 FG’s in season opener against 9th ranked Jacksonville State including career-best 45-yard FG….made two 20 yard FG’s against 24th ranked Murray State on September 22….OVC Specialist of the Week nominee for his performance against Murray State where he scored 12 points….averaging 58 yards on 19 kickoffs….participates in all team community service projects since freshman year including cleaning up Union City Park after an ice storm…Santa’s Village event and food drive volunteer for two years for the Martin Parks and Recreation

CHRIS SCIFO, University of New Haven (Connecticut) – Division II
Sophomore from Coral Springs, FL….tied for 1st on the team in scoring with 24 points from 4 of 6 FG’s and 12 of 13 PAT’s…scored 14 points in 50-14 win over Saint Augustine’s on September 10…averaging 64 yards in 21 kickoffs….Chamber of Commerce volunteer for Dover Beach Clean-Up….Pagels School Student Mentor….West Haven leaf raking

WESLEY SKIFFINGTON, Stony Brook University (New York) - FCS
Junior from Brandon, FL…2nd on the Seawolves in scoring with 28 points from 6 of 8 FG’s and 10 of 10 PAT’s….Big South Special Teams Player of the Week after scoring 13 points in 37-20 win over Lafayette including a career-long 46 yards on September 24…became school’s all-time leader on September 24 in points among kickers beating the old record of 156 points….Friends of Jaclyn Program volunteer….Sunrise Fund volunteer at Stony Brook University Medical Center….headed football team’s participation in Walk for Beauty

ANDY SMITH, South Dakota School of Mines & Technology – NAIA
Senior from Pierre, SD….2nd on team in scoring with 31 points from 8 of 10 FG’s and 7 of 7 PAT’s….scored 10 points against Fort Lewis on September 10….scored 7 points against Black Hills State on September 17 including 51-yard FG….averaging 51 yards on 23 kickoffs….entered the 2010 season with every SD Mines kicking record including longest FG (52 yards)….Big Brothers, Big Sisters fundraiser and volunteer

STEFAN TERLECKYJ, Wayne State University (Michigan) – Division II
Sophomore from Warren, MI…leads the 9th ranked Warriors in scoring with 32 points from 3 of 3 FG’s and 23 of 24 PAT’s …scored 7 points in 31-24 win over Ohio Dominican on September 24 to go 4-0 for the first time since 1967….averaging 59 yards on 32 kickoffs….participated in United Way’s Martin Luther King Day of Service by assisting the Motor City Blight Busters with a renovation project in metropolitan Detroit….collected consumer products for the DO Foundation’s Hit the Street Mission and Covenant House Michigan

BRADEN WIEKING, University of Sioux Falls (South Dakota) – Division II
Junior from Sioux Falls, SD….2nd on the Cougars in scoring with 23 points from 4 of 5 FG’s and 11 of 11 PAT’s….scored 8 points in 38-23 win over Minot State on September 24….only FG miss was from 52 yards….averaging 55 yards on 19 kickoffs….team’s nomination for Allstate Good Hands Team….Sioux Falls Fellowship of Christian Athletes volunteer and Group Huddle Leader on campus….Habitat for Humanity volunteer….Vacation Bible Study volunteer

KYLE WILLIAMS, Hinds Community College (Mississippi) – NJCAA
Sophomore from Pearl, MS….leads team in scoring with 23 points from 3 of 5 FG’s and 14 of 17 PAT’s… Habitat for Humanity volunteer….Muscular Dystrophy Association of Mississippi volunteer

ANTHONY WOOD, Fond du Lac Tribal & Community College (Minnesota) – NJCAA
Senior from Cloquet, MN….Team Captain….scored 9 points from 1 of 1 FG’s and 6 of 7 FG’s….intern in Athletic Director’s office….Student Senate Activities Coordinator….volunteers to help local high school place-kickers and punters….coaches Junior Varsity soccer at Cloquet High School….presented donated toys to children at Community Memorial Hospital

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