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Thursday, August 1, 2013

Fred Mitchell Award 2013 Watch List, part 3

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 2013 college football season. It is also a thrill to see so many familiar names on the Watch List, including 17 finalists and three place-kickers that were among the ten for the Award last season.” 

In alphabetical order, following is the final third of the 2013 Fred Mitchell Award Watch List:

ZEB MILLER University of North Dakota - FCS 
Senior from Ankeny, IA….2nd on the team in scoring with 78 points from 12 of 14 FG’s and 42 of 43 PAT’s….named to the College Football Performance Awards Place-Kicker Award Watch List….named Third Team Preseason All-American by Phil Steele’s….made his last seven FG attempts after missing 54-yard FG against Cal Poly….made season-long 50-yard FG in win over Portland State….Greater Grand Forks Youth Football League volunteer for each of the past four years….SAAC/Mortar Board Food Drive volunteer….volunteered at the Celebrating Cultures event at a local high school….participated in the football team’s annual Holiday Magic for Markus event….assisted at Feed My Starving Children event to help underprivileged in Grand Forks 

ANDREW MUZLJAKOVICH Olivet Nazarene University (Illinois) – NAIA 
Senior from Vicksburg, MI….led the Tigers in scoring with 64 points from 16 of 23 FG’s and 16 f 18 PAT’s ...2012 Fred Mitchell Award Finalist….named Mid-States Football Association Midwest League Special Teams Player of the Week four times ….connected on a career-long 45-yard FG against William Penn on September 29 …tied school record with 4 FG’s in a game against Waldorf College on October 13….kicked game-winning 42-yard FG against Trinity International on November 3 ….holds school record with an 82 yard punt against Iowa Wesleyan on October 27….averaged 59 yards on 42 kickoffs….Orphan Outreach volunteer including mission trip to Guatemala to help the children at orphanages celebrate Christmas….collected food door-to-door for a local food pantry….helped remodel a local home and improve the landscaping for the school’s Habitat for Humanity 

THOMAS OBARSKI Concordia University (Minnesota) – Division II 
Junior from Burnsville, MN….led the Golden Bears in scoring with 64 points from 10 of 14 FG’s and 34 of 36 PAT’s….2012 Fred Mitchell Award Finalist….All-NSIC South Division Honorable Mention as a two-way player….multiple NSIC Special Teams Player of the Week honors….two-time team Special Teams MVP…scored 9 points against Augustana on October 27 including a Division II season-long and NSIC record-long 59-yard FG which also broke his own school record of 56 yards set in his first collegiate game….scored 5 points against Sioux Falls on October 13 including 52-yard FG which was the 3rd longest in school history….owns the longest three FG’s in school history and three of the five longest in NSIC history since 1998….has made the longest kick in the NSIC in back-to-back seasons….averaged 59 yards on 40 kickoffs….drug education mentor/teacher to middle school children….high school camp volunteer….Feed My Starving Children volunteer….church student leader….volunteer church work for small group activities….volunteer Bible Study leader….served on overseas missions trip….helped raise over $6,000 for the tsunami relief fund in Japan…supported and raised funds for Project Rescue 

GREG O’DONNELL Colorado State University-Pueblo – Division II 
Sophomore from Monument, CO….led the #1 ranked ThunderWolves in scoring with 87 points from 13 of 16 FG’s and 48 of 51 PAT’s….2012 Fred Mitchell Award Finalist…set school records for most points (87) and FG’s (13) by a Freshman….has made his last 10 FG’s which is the 2nd longest streak in school history….Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Special Teams Player of the Week three times including on October 29….visits sick children with football teammates at the St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center in Pueblo 

ZACH PULKINEN Bemidji State University (Minnesota) – Division II 
Senior from Minot, ND….led the team in scoring with 45 points from 5 of 10 FG’s and 30 of 35 PAT’s….named NSIC Special Teams Player of the Week after 23-6 win over Northern State on October 13….made career-high 39-yard FG against Wayne State on September 15….recorded career-highs for PAT’s made and attempted by going 7 of 7 in the season finale against Minot State on November 10….top 12 in school history in PAT’s made in a season, FG’s made in a season and kick scoring….averaged 61 yards on 53 kickoffs….Bemidji Elks Lodge volunteer 

BRANDON RODRIGUES Massachusetts Maritime Academy – Division III 
Senior from Brockton, MA….2nd on the Buccaneers in scoring with 37 points from 2 of 4 FG’s and 31 of 36 PAT’s….set school record with 8 PAT’s in 56-32 win over Fitchburg State on October 13….made game-tying FG in eventual 42-38 win over Coast Guard on September 22 after erasing a 28-9 halftime deficit….two-time New England Football Conference Offensive Honor Roll selection….member of Buccaneer Student-Athlete Advisory Committee….Brockton Library Foundation volunteer including with reading programs and fundraisers 

KEVIN SHELDON Central College (Iowa) – Division III 
Junior from West Des Moines, IA….led the team in scoring with 61 points from 12 of 17 FG’s and 25 of 25 PAT’s….2012 Fred Mitchell Award Finalist….2012 and 2011 First Team All-Iowa Conference selection….2012 Third Team All West Region Team by d3football.com….named Iowa Conference Special Teams Player of the Week on October 30 after making 2 FG’s and 3 PAT’s in 27-10 win….tied school record with 100% PAT %....made FG’s of 47 and 44 yards in game against Coe which beat previous best of 41 yards….68% career FG % and has made 72 of 73 career PAT’s….Vacation Bible School volunteer….active in campus ministries…Midwest Kicking Camp volunteer…E-cycle event volunteer…helped team raise $1,300 in toys for the Blank Children’s Hospital in Des Moines 

TYLER SIEVERTSEN University of Northern Iowa – FCS 
Senior from Cedar Rapids, IA….2nd on the Panthers in scoring with 71 points from 10 of 13 FG’s and 41 of 41 PAT’s….2012 Fred Mitchell Award Finalist….scored 9 points in 27-6 win over South Dakota State on October 20….active leader in career FG % in FCS….averaged 61 yards on 59 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 

STEFAN TERLECKYJ Wayne State University (Michigan) – Division II 
Senior from Warren, MI….2nd on the team in scoring with 55 points from 10 of 14 FG’s and 25 of 25 PAT’s….2012 Fred Mitchell Award Finalist….owns school record for the most kicking points (238) which is also 3rd in school history behind two running backs…33 career FG’s is tied for school record with one season yet to play….holds school record for the highest career FG % (69%)….made 51-yard FG against Grand Valley State on November 3 which is tied for the longest in school history….71% FG % this season ranks 3rd in school history….All-GLIAC First Team punter and Second Team kicker….scored 6 points in 24-21 win over Hillsdale on October 6….school's all-time leader in PATs made (137) and attempted (139) in just his third season ... scored 9 points in 35-31 win over Lake Erie on September 15….averaged 57 yards on 43 kickoffs…helped sell merchandise for breast cancer awareness at a WSU women's basketball games ... 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….math tutor….Motor City Makeover neighborhood clean-up 

ANDY WILDER Northern Arizona University – FCS 
Senior from Scottsdale, AZ….led the team in scoring with 68 points from 10 of 14 FG’s and 38 of 39 PAT’s….2012 Fred Mitchell Award Finalist….2013 Preseason FCS First Team All-American Team and First Team All-Big Sky Conference selection by College Sports Madness....2013 Preseason FCS All-American selection by Phil Steele’s and The Sports Network….2013 College Football Performance Award Place-Kicker Watch List….scored 9 points in 45-38 win at North Dakota on October 13….made game-winning 33-yard FG against UNLV to upset the FBS Rebels 17-14….game-winner was the first FG of his college career….made 18-yard FG for game-winner against Northern Colorado….Welcome Back Jacks event volunteer helping students move into on-campus housing in the fall….represented football team in Flagstaff Fourth of July parade 

AUSTIN WITMER Missouri State University – FCS 
Senior from Grand Island, NE….led the Bears in scoring with 56 points from 12 of 16 FG’s and 20 of 22 PAT’s….4th in MVFC and tied for 28th in FCS with 1.09 FG’s per game….made career-long 47-yard FG and later made 33-yard FG as time expired to beat South Dakota 27-24 on October 13….earned BSN National Special Teams Player of the Week after the South Dakota game…averaged 61 yards on 44 kickoffs….team’s Special Teams Player of the Week three times in 2012….Honorable Mention for CFPA National Special Teams Performer of the Week for making all 3 FG’s at #22 Kansas State in season opener….Champions Committed to Kids volunteer….Just Read program volunteer….volunteers for Meals a Million, Ozarks Foods Harvest and Catholic Campus Ministry

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