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Thursday, October 4, 2012

Fred Mitchell Award September 2012 Recognizees, part 2

The Fred Mitchell Award recognized 31 place-kickers for their excellence on the football field and in the community during the month of September.

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 each 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 18, 2013 at the National Football Foundation Chicago Metro Chapter Awards Ceremony at Halas Hall.

In alphabetical order, the second third of the honorees for September 2012 are listed below:

JAMES GISH Southwestern Assemblies of God University (Texas) – NAIA 
Junior from Waxahachie, TX….leads the team in scoring with 31 points from 7 of 7 FG’s and 10 of 10 PAT’s…made season-long 41-yard FG to secure the 27-17 win at Howard Payne University….scored all 12 of the team’s points in a 13-12 loss to then-#18 Bethany College….volunteers with football and soccer camps that allow low-income children to attend sports camps 

TAYLOR GROFF East Stroudsburg University (Pennsylvania) – Division II 
Junior from Manheim, PA….scored 32 points from 5 of 9 FG’s and 17 of 17 PAT’s….scored 9 points including 51-yard FG in September 29 game against Clarion….holds school record for career FG % and 12 career FG’s of 40+ yards ranks 2nd in school history….ranks 5th in ESU history with 169 kicking points….averaging 62 yards on 26 kickoffs….volunteer for children’s programs at local church….participates in school’s Breakfast with the Warriors during preseason camp…volunteers at Kohl’s Kicking Camps and Special Teams Solutions Camps 

BRIAN HARVEY University of Maine – FCS 
Senior from Wayland, MA….leads the Black Bears in scoring with 22 points from 4 of 8 FG’s and 10 of 11 PAT’s…. scored 9 points in 51-7 win over Bryant on September 15….scored 8 points against Albany on September 22….Maine Troop Greeters volunteer….volunteers to assist the senior citizens in hometown….volunteers at several kicking camps 

AARON JAMIESON University of Central Missouri – Division II 
Senior from Cassville, MO….2nd on the Mules in scoring with 27 points from 2 of 4 FG’s and 21 of 22 PAT’s…. scored 7 points in 31-21 win over #3 Northwest Missouri on September 8….scored 8 points in 38-17 win over Truman State on September 20….became the school’s all-time leading scorer for a kicker on September 20….Literacy Team volunteer where student-athletes read to local elementary school students….Veteran’s Home volunteer in Warrensburg….Fellowship of Christian Athletes…leads worship services…collaborated with his father at his high school alma mater to start The Character Project where students participate in regular community service 

JOSH KAY Linfield College (Oregon) – Division III 
Senior from Salem, OR….leads the team in scoring with 33 points from 5 of 9 FG’s and 18 of 18 PAT’s….scored 15 points from 4 of 4 FG’s and 3 of 3 PAT’s including game-winning 39-yard FG in 33-30 win over #10 Cal Lutheran on September 15….selected September 18 as the Northwest Conference Student-Athlete of the Week for Special Teams….4 FG’s in win over Cal Lutheran were from 35-45 yards….averaging 64 yards on 27 kickoffs… football camp volunteer for the "See Ya Later" Foundation…works with the Foundation’s director on developing and managing a Kids Golf Camp for the spring of 2012 with the goal of reaching 150 local youth …competed in golf at Linfield where he helped the school capture the 2011 Northwest Conference championship…competed at the 2011 NCAA Division III Championships….volunteer coach at South Salem High School summer football camp….served as mentor and role model to young athletes in youth development program at Courthouse Athletic Club including assuming a leadership role while teaching specialized performance training 

ADAM KELLER North Dakota State University – FCS 
Sophomore from Lewisberry, PA….leads the #1 ranked Bison in scoring with 45 points from 8 of 11 FG’s and 21 of 21 PAT’s….tied school record with 4 FG’s in 33-21 win at #14 Northern Iowa on September 29….first year as full-time starting kicker….scored 12 points in 52-0 win over Robert Morris on September 1 including 9 PAT’s which nearly tied the school record of 10 PAT’s in a game….averaging 62 yards on 30 kickoffs….volunteer coach for Tri-City seventh grade soccer team…Rosewood Nursing Home volunteer 

JOSEPH MALLOCK Williams College (Massachusetts) – Division III 
Junior from West Orange, NJ….leads the team in scoring with 17 points from 4 of 4 FG’s and 5 of 5 PAT’s….has made 9 consecutive FG’s….scored 10 points in 41-7 win over Colby College on September 22….named NESCAC Special Teams Player of the Week in two consecutive weeks following wins over Colby and Trinity….volunteered with teammates for Habitat for Humanity, cleaning up debris in local trailer park after Hurricane Irene and served food at the Berkshire Food Project….note taker on campus for students who are unable to take their own notes….contributing writer for the Williams Record covering the men’s golf team….volunteer caddie instructor at golf club in hometown 

JIMMIE MATTSON St. John’s University (Minnesota) – Division III 
Senior from Eau Claire, WI….leads the Johnnies in scoring with 28 points from 2 of 6 FG’s and 22 of 22 PAT’s….scored 7 points including 28-yard FG with 2 minutes left in the game in 31-28 win over Wisconsin-Eau Claire on September 8….scored 10 points including 49-yard FG in 52-7 win over Northwestern College on September 1....averaging 64 yards on 25 kickoffs….volunteered with the Eau Claire Area Youth Football camp for three summers….has volunteered with the Eau Claire Salvation Army each of the last four seasons….read and helped at Eau Claire Elementary School as a classroom volunteer during breaks and summers each of the past four years….volunteered with the non-profit Eau Claire Crush football team during summer 2012 including helping in the community and donating all fundraising proceeds to local charities….volunteered with Volunteers in Service to Others (VISTO) on campus organization including swimming with disabled adults and those with special needs 

ANTONIO MAYO Fayetteville State University (North Carolina) – Division II 
Sophomore from Jacksonville, NC….leads the Broncos in scoring with 24 points from 4 of 5 FG’s and 12 of 12 PAT’s…scored 7 points against Elizabeth City State on September 22 including career-long 42-yard FG….made career-long 45-yrad FG the following week against Chowan….averaging 51 yards on 20 kickoffs….Student-Athlete Advisory Committee….participated in the announcement of the SAAC essay contest with local elementary schools about anti-bullying in schools 

JAMES MCFADDEN Widener University (Pennsylvania) – Division III 
Senior from Warminster, PA….leads the team in scoring with 39 points from 1 of 1 FG’s and 36 of 38 PAT’s….ranks 4th in the Middle Atlantic Conference with 39 points….12 of 12 PAT’s against Wilkes on September 22 set the Conference record and nearly tied the NCAA record of 13 PAT’s….made the game-winning 33-yard FG in OT to help rally past Lebanon Valley 40-37 on September 29….Conference Special Teams Player of the Week each of the past two weeks….averaging 62 yards on 48 kickoffs….participates in football team community events including drunk driving awareness, Sun Hill clean-up near campus, Relay for Life and Special Olympics

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