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Friday, August 10, 2012

Fred Mitchell Award 2012 Watch List, part 3

Last week the the annual Fred Mitchell Outstanding Place-Kicker Award announced its preseason watch list. The Award’s Selection Committee Chairman Chris Kearney said, “These place-kickers are terrific on the football field and off the field representing their schools, their football teams, their conferences, their communities, their families and themselves. We look forward to following their accomplishments during the next few months.” The Watch List includes place-kickers from more than 750 eligible colleges. Fred Mitchell said, “It is a pleasure to include these fine young men on the Watch List for this Award. We are delighted to recognize them based on outstanding performance in the community and expectations going into the 2012 college football season. It is also a thrill to see so many familiar names on the Watch List, including 22 place-kickers that were finalists for the Award last season.” 

In alphabetical order, following is the final third of the 2012 Fred Mitchell Award Watch List:

TYLER SIEVERTSEN University of Northern Iowa – FCS 
Junior from Cedar Rapids, IA….led the Panthers in 2011 scoring with 93 points from 18 of 20 FG’s and 39 of 39 PAT’s….finished 2nd in FG% in FCS with 90%....2012 Preseason All-American recognition (First Team by Beyond Sports College Network, Second Team by The Sports Network and Phil Steele, Third Team by Associated Press)….2011 First Team All-Conference….MVFC Special Teams Player of the Week three times in 2011….voted 2011 Special Teams MVP by teammates….made all 3 FG attempts in MVFC Championship Game to clinch 23-20 OT win at Illinois State….made only FG attempt at Montana in FCS Quarterfinals….averaged 62 yards on 69 kickoffs….Just Read program volunteer to connect UNI student-athletes with elementary school students….Special Olympics volunteer….Kickers in the Midwest mentor…high school football camp volunteer….Salvation Army bell ringer

WESLEY SKIFFINGTON Stony Brook University (New York) - FCS 
Senior from Brandon, FL….3rd on the team in 2011 scoring with 93 points from 11 of 15 FG’s and 60 of 62 PAT’s….most prolific kicker in school history….all-time leading scorer in school history….First Team All-Big South Conference in 2011….set Conference record for most PAT’s in a season….tied Conference record with 10 PAT’s in a game against Gardner-Webb…made career-long 46-yard FG against Lafayette…5th among active players in FCS with 229 career points….averaged 57 yards on 65 kickoffs….Friends of Jaclyn Program volunteer….Sunrise Fund volunteer at Stony Brook University Medical Center

PAT SMITH Western Illinois University - FCS 
Junior from Quincy, IL….2nd on the Leathernecks in 2011 scoring with 30 points from 3 of 6 FG’s and 21 of 23 PAT’s….named 2011 Special Teams Player of the Year by teammates….made 3 of final 4 FG’s in 2011….averaged 63 yards on 35 kickoffs….Relay for Life volunteer….Special Olympics volunteer…Rocky’s Reach volunteer helping elementary school children during recess and reading…Jump Rope for Heart volunteer

MATT STOLL Texas A&M-Kingsville – Division II 
Junior from College Station, TX….finished 2nd on the team in 2011 scoring with 61 points from 9 of 10 FG’s and 34 of 41 PAT’s….8 of 8 on FG’s less than 40 yards….only miss in 2011 was blocked….made game-tying 49-yard FG as time expired at Angelo State to win in triple OT….scored 12 points at Angelo State and was named Conference Special Teams Player of the Week….entering 3rd year as a member of the Conference’s SAAC group that has won the SAAC Cup the past two years….Fellowship of Christian Athletes…Keep Kingsville Beautiful volunteer…Driscoll Children’s Hospital Teddy Bear Drive volunteer….helped run the Texas A&M consolidated football camp

JOSH STORM Randolph-Macon College (Virginia) – Division III 
Senior from Forest, VA….tied for 1st on the team in 2011 scoring with 74 points from 12 of 16 FG’s and 38 of 40 PAT’s….2012 Beyond Sports Network Preseason Honorable Mention…..First Team All-Conference in 2011….tied for 4th in scoring in the Conference and 1st among kickers….holds school career records for PATs made (116), kicking points (203)….4th in Conference history with 29 career FG’s and 1st with 116 PAT’s…averaged 57 yards on 70 kickoffs….served as mentor for elementary school students….ALS Walk volunteer

AUSTIN SWEENEY Bluffton University (Ohio) – Division III 
Junior from Adrian, MI….led the Beavers in 2011 scoring with 52 points from 9 of 13 FGs and 25 of 30 PAT’s….tied for 2nd in HCAC with 9 FG’s…two-time HCAC Special Teams Player of the Week….scored 10 points in 46-27 win over Defiance including a season –long 39-yard FG….holds school record with 72.7% FG%....ranks 5th in school history with 85 kick scoring points….averaged 51 yards on 47 kickoffs….filled sandbags following community flooding….Bluffton Nature Preserve volunteer….assisted with the Mennonite Memorial Home Service Day in 2012 and 2011

STEFAN TERLECKYJ Wayne State University (Michigan) – Division II 
Junior from Warren, MI….school's all-time leader in PATs made (114) and attempted (116) after only two years ... ranks 4th in FG’s made with 23 ... named to the 2011 All-GLIAC Honorable Mention team as well as the 2011 GLIAC All-Academic Team .... tied his own WSU school record with nine made PATs against Urbana to earn WSU's Special Teams Player of the Week honor... earned GLIAC Special Teams Player of the Week honors after scoring 12 points (3-3 PAT, 3-4 FG) in win at Northern Michigan ... connected on both FG attempts against Saginaw Valley to earn WSU's Special Teams Player of the Week award ... made his last six PAT attempts at St. Cloud after having his streak of 44 straight end on the first attempt in blizzard conditions in first round NCAA playoff game... scored 8 points at Nebraska-Kearney on 5 PATs and a season-best 43-yard FG ... became WSU’s all-time leader in PATs with his fourth at Minnesota-Duluth (108 for career) as WSU defeated the defending national champions on its home field ... recorded a kickoff coverage tackle at UMD saving a potential TD ... made all three PAT attempts in both the national semifinal at Winston-Salem State and national championship game ... set the WSU single-season scoring record by a kicker with 106 points ... finished first in both PATs made (21) and PATs attempted (22) for the 2011 NCAA Division II playoffs ... helped sell merchandise for breast cancer awareness at the WSU women's basketball game ... collected small toiletry items to make basic needs bags for the Covenant House Michigan as part of the Wayne Cares program ... 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

JOSH THIEL Saint Francis University (Pennsylvania) – FCS 
Senior from Leesburg, VA….2nd on the Red Flash in 2011 scoring with 63 points from 9 of 12 FGs and 36 of 39 PAT’s….2012 College Football Performance Awards Watch List….tied school record for most FG’s in a season (9) and most PAT’s in a season (36)….ranks in the top 3 in career FG’s made (18) and attempted (32)….best long distance kicker in school history with 3 FG’s of 45 yards or more….tied school 45-yard FG in whiteout conditions against Central Connecticut State…set school record the following week with 47-yard FG against Monmouth….went 1 of 3 in onside kick attempts….enters 2012 season ranked 5th in career points, 3rd in FG’s made and attempted, 2nd in PAT’s made….Student Ambassador on campus….Relay for Life volunteer….Sports Kids Day volunteer….Special Olympics volunteer…Dorothy Day Center volunteer….Children’s Miracle Network and Huntsman Cancer Institute volunteer through church…volunteers at school athletic events

DAN TRYON Wesley College (Delaware) – Division III 
Senior from Wilmington, DE….led the 3rd ranked Wolverines in 2011 scoring with 84 points from 6 of 13 FG’s, 64 of 74 PAT’s and one two-point conversion….set school records for most FG’s in a game (3), FG’s in a season (13), PAT’s made in a game (9), PAT’s made in a season (64) and the longest FG (46 yards)….named to the Team of the Week and ECAC Special Teams Player of the Week on October 18, 2011 after scoring school-record 14 points including a 45-yard FG….averaged 58 yards on 97 kickoffs....Team Captain and MVP of the 2012 lacrosse team….Special Olympics volunteer….Jumpstart’s Read for the Record program

BRETT ULLMAN Indiana University of Pennsylvania – Division II 
Sophomore from Baltimore, MD...led the team in 2011 scoring as a freshman with 63 points from 10 of 11 FG’s and 33 of 34 PAT’s….named 2012 Preseason First Team All-American by Beyond Sports Network...2011 First Team All-PSAC West….2011 Third Team Don Hansen All-Super Region One... 4 of 4 in FG’s between 30-39 yards and 2 of 3 from 40+ yards...made career-long 46-yard FG in the rain against Edinboro...only missed FG was a 47-yarder in second game of the year against Bloomsburg, then made nine straight for the rest of the season...Fitness for a Cause volunteer

BRADEN WIEKING University of Sioux Falls (South Dakota) – Division II 
Senior from Sioux Falls, SD….2nd on the Cougars in 2011 scoring with 53 points from 8 of 12 FG’s and 29 of 32 PAT’s…enters 2012 season with 309 points ranking 2nd in school history among kickers and 7th overall…scored 13 points against Black Hills State on October 15 including season-high 37-yard FG….scored 8 points in 38-23 win over Minot State on September 24….5 of 7 unsuccessful attempts were blocked….averaged 60 yards on 50 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

JORDAN WIGGS Stephen F. Austin (Texas) – FCS 
Sophomore from Grand Prairie, TX….led the Lumberjacks in 2011 scoring with 87 points with 17 of 24 FG’s and 36 of 38 PAT’s….Honorable Mention All-Conference….led Conference kickers in scoring and finished 2nd overall in scoring in the Conference and 16th nationally in FCS….made career-best 42-yard FG at Nicholls….SAAC Toy Drive volunteer with football team serving underprivileged youths

KYLE WILLIAMS Hinds Community College (Mississippi) – NJCAA 
Junior from Pearl, MS….led the Eagles in 2011 scoring with 70 points from 10 of 17 FG’s and 40 of 44 PAT’s… scored 29 points in October from 4 of 6 FG’s and 17 of 17 PAT’s….scored 10 points in win over Jones County Junior College on October 6 by making both FG’s and all four PAT’s….scored 10 points in 59-32 win over Pearl River Community College on October 22 by making his FG and all seven PAT’s....made career-long 45-yard FG against East Mississippi and was 1 of 2 FG’s and 4 of 4 PAT’s in the game….Habitat for Humanity volunteer….Muscular Dystrophy Association of Mississippi volunteer

SEAN WILLIAMS Wittenberg University (Ohio) – Division III 
Senior from Plainfield, IN…led the Tigers in 2011 scoring with 75 points from 12 of 14 FG’s and 39 of 41 PAT’s….made school record 19 straight FG’s over the course of two seasons to break the previous school record of 12….made 50 consecutive PAT’s over the past two seasons to break the school record of 48….82 of 85 PAT’s for his career and holds school record for the highest PAT % among kickers with at least 40 attempts….tied the school record for most FG’s in a season (12) that he also tied in 2010….ranks 6th in school history with 75 points in 2011 and 4th with 79 points in 2010….made career-long 41-yard FG in 27-23 win over Carnegie Mellon…. 154 career kicking points is 6th in school history and just 12 points behind Fred Mitchell….ranks 5th in career FG’s (24) and career FG % (75%)….averaged 53 yards in 63 kickoffs….youth football camp volunteer in hometown….volunteered at Habitat for Humanity Re-Store in Springfield….Springfield Regional Medical Center intern/volunteer

CHANCE WILSON Alabama A&M University – FCS 
Senior from Huntsville, AL….led the Bulldogs in 2011 scoring with 60 points from 11 of 15 FG’s and 27 of 30 PAT’s….2nd in the SWAC in FG%....ranked 2nd in FCS in FG’s made per game….holds school record with a 49-yard FG against Jackson State…Martin Luther King elementary school volunteer….Special Olympics volunteer…volunteer high school kicking coach….Read Across America participant….blood donations to the Red Cross….North American Food Drive participant….Into the Streets of Birmingham participant….visits children in hospitals in Birmingham and surrounding area

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