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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Fred Mitchell Award October 2013 Recognizees, part 2

The Fred Mitchell Award recognized 35 place-kickers for their excellence on the football field and in the community during the month of October.

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 is chosen based on excellence on the football field and in the community. The Award's Watch List is released in late July, 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 each February at the National Football Foundation Chicago Metro Chapter Awards Ceremony at Halas Hall.

In alphabetical order, the second third of the honorees for October 2013 are:

CURT DUNCAN Carson-Newman (Tennessee) – Division II 
Senior from Morristown, TN….2nd on the team in scoring with 71 points from 11 of 17 FG’s and 38 of 41 PAT’s…scored 13 points in 43-27 win over Mars Hill on October 5…Fred Mitchell Award Finalist in top 10….54-yard FG against Tusculum in 2012 was the longest in school history…. AFCA Good Works Team selection….volunteer coach and referee for youth basketball and soccer….intern at Manley Baptist Church Student Ministry….serves at local missions projects each summer such as Appalachian Outreach and Food on Foot….volunteers at Luke 14 weekend for people with disabilities….Fellowship of Christian Athletes…Student-Athlete Advisory Committee 

DANNY FISHER Bloomsburg University (Pennsylvania) – Division II 
Senior from Liverpool, PA….2nd on the 6th ranked Huskies in scoring with 69 points from 8 of 10 FG’s and 45 of 45 PAT’s…. scored 10 points in 52-38 win over East Stroudsburg on October 19….set the PSAC record with 51 career FG’s during 31-12 win over Kutztown on September 21 breaking a record that was set in 1992….set PSAC record for most career kicking points by scoring 11 points in 47-35 win at Edinboro on September 14 and currently has 338 career points….organized Kick for a Cure campaign to support the Angelman Syndrome Foundation to raise awareness and funds to cure a genetic disease that a close family friend has….surpassed $2,500 fundraising goal for the season in just the first month of the season with nearly $4,000 raised in Kick for a Cure….helped renew a local town park as part of the Big Event community service program… Habitat for Humanity volunteer…Ronald McDonald House volunteer 

JOHN GAY Harding University (Arkansas) – Division II 
Junior from Jonesboro, AR….leads the team in scoring with 50 points from 4 of 5 FG’s and 38 of 42 PAT’s….scored 12 points against Henderson State on October 26….Walk for the Cure cancer walk volunteer including selling food to raise funds….wrote thank you notes to Harding donors in the annual Say Thanks Day and Highlighter Run….washed windows and cars for the elderly with the football team 

TANNER HUBBARD Dakota State University (South Dakota) – NAIA 
Freshman from Aurora, CO….3rd on the team in scoring with 28 points from 2 of 2 FG’s and 22 of 26 PAT’s….scored 7 points in 31-28 win over Jamestown on October 12….volunteers at the ECCO in Madison to help disabled people for two hours weekly….ROTC cleanup volunteer in Brookings 

AUSTIN KANTOLA Ferris State University (Michigan) – Division II 
Senior from Ravenna, MI….2nd on the Bulldogs in scoring with 57 points from 6 of 8 FG’s and 39 of 41 PAT’s….scored 12 points in 54-44 win over Grand Valley State on October 12….scored 6 points in 30-27 win over Michigan Tech on October 26….ranks among the school’s top 10 in career FG’s….averaging 59 yards on 55 kickoffs….actively involved in the football team’s civic events including reading to children, assisting with on-campus move-in and more 

TYLER KECK Trine University (Indiana) – Division III 
Senior from Elkhart, IN….leads the Thunder in scoring with 58 points from 14 of 18 FG’s and 16 of 16 PAT’s….scored 7 points in October 5 games against Kalamazoo…leads Division III in FG’s made this season….averaging 51 yards on 38 kickoffs….Angola Education Opportunity Center volunteer….local golf course clean-up volunteer….YMCA flag football coach 

ADAM KELLER North Dakota State University – FCS 
Junior from Lewisberry, PA….leads the #1 ranked Bison in scoring with 53 points from 5 of 6 FG’s and 38 of 40 PAT’s….scored 6 points in 24-23 win over then #4 Northern Iowa on October 5….2012 Fred Mitchell Award Finalist…. volunteer coach for Tri-City seventh grade soccer team…Rosewood Nursing Home volunteer…middle school tutor to special needs students….Special Olympics volunteer….volunteered at Athletic Department’s Halloween party 

ERIC KINDLER University of Wisconsin-Whitewater – Division III 
 Senior from Germantown, WI….leads the Warhawks in scoring with 68 points from 10 of 14 FG’s and 38 of 38 PAT’s….scored 13 points in 55-13 win over Wisconsin-Stout on October 12….averaging 58 yards on 12 kickoffs….volunteers at fish fry fundraisers for the United States Fistball Association 

KEN KYSOR Juniata College (Pennsylvania) – Division III 
Senior from Port Allegany, PA….leads the team in scoring with 39 points from 6 of 9 FG’s and 21 of 22 PAT’s….became starting kicker this season….scored career-high 13 points in 37-14 win over Dickinson on September 14….averaging 60 yards on kickoffs….volunteers twice per month at the Port Allegany Senior Center….delivers Meals on Wheels to local senior citizens….Juniata College Quick Response Service team which responds to campus medical emergencies and presence at events such as Special Olympics….Port Allegany Fire Department volunteer as Emergency Medical Technician…Vice President for Big Brothers Big Sisters Juniata College Chapter 

DYLAN LYNCH Jacksonville University (Florida) – FCS 
Senior from Jacksonville, FL….leads the team in scoring with 74 points from 10 of 16 FG’s and 44 of 44 PAT’s… has made 47 straight PATs dating back to 2012 … scored 10 points in 52-45 win over Campbell on October 19….set school record by scoring 15 points in a game, doing so twice in September….owns JU record for career FG’s (24) … spent five weeks this summer working a camp in Ocala, FL run by the Young Life Christian Association for middle school high school and special needs children … volunteered at a Lifeguards Without Borders Water Safety Camp run by the American Red Cross and the Police Athletic League of Jacksonville at a Jacksonville Beach event that taught ocean safety and how to surf for at risk children from the Community Connections Summer Camp … participated in youth football clinics held at JU 

JOHN MACOMBER College of the Holy Cross (Massachusetts) – FCS 
Senior from Vienna, VA….leads the team in scoring with 49 points from 6 of 9 FG’s and 31 of 34 PAT’s….scored 9 points in 51-27 win over Bucknell on October 12….averaging 61 yards on 43 kickoffs….Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts volunteer….Holy Cross Cares Day participant….Best Buddies Program volunteer 

RICKY MARTENEY University of Wisconsin-Stout – Division III 
Senior from Greenfield, WI….leads the team in scoring with 46 points from 11 of 12 FG’s and 13 of 13 PAT’s….scored 14 points against UW-Oshkosh on October 5….2nd on career scoring list with 207 points which trails 2000-2003 running back Luke Bundgaard by 33 points….holds school records for most career FG’s (46) and most PAT’s in a game (9 of 9 against Eureka College in 2010)….averaging 60 yards on 30 kickoffs

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

NFL Week Eight, 2013: Assorted Kicking Tidbits & Milestones

Josh Brown accounted for all of the Giants scoring against the Eagles with five field goals, while Nick Folk accounted for all of the Jets scoring against the Bengals with three field goals. The combined 8 of 8 for Big Apple kickers on the day was surpassed only by a pair of kickers 32 years ago, when Joe Danelo made six field goals for the Giants and Pat Leahy made four for the Jets on October 18th - although in both those games there was additional scoring aside from the field goals.

Dan Bailey made a pair of 53 yarders in the loss to the Lions. He is now the Cowboys franchise leader in career field goals of 50+ yards:
  • 9 Dan Bailey
  • 8 Rafael Septien
  • 5 Nick Folk
  • 4 David Buehler
  • 4 Ken Willis
  • 4 Billy Cundiff
  • 3 Eddie Murray
  • 3 Lin Elliott
  • 2 Sam Baker
  • 2 Toni Fritsch
  • 2 Richie Cunningham

Fred Mitchell Award October 2013 Recognizees, part 1

The Fred Mitchell Award recognized 35 place-kickers for their excellence on the football field and in the community during the month of October. "October was a terrific month for place-kickers. There were notable game-winning field goals and records, including a record-tying 62-yard FG by a freshman kicker in California. Heading into the last month of the regular season, we are delighted to recognize these place-kickers that were nominated by their schools for extraordinary performance," said Fred Mitchell. The Award’s Selection Committee Chairman Chris Kearney added, "These place-kickers had a wonderful month on the football field. Their community service accomplishments are also impressive. It is a thrill to salute this group of fine student-athletes from diverse geographies, divisions and experience levels." The recipient of the Fred Mitchell Award will be announced in mid-December based on performance on the field and in the community.

The breakdown of the 35 place-kickers is as follows:
  • Collegiate Division – 11 FCS, 9 Division II, 8 Division III, 6 NAIA and 1 NJCAA
  • State – the place-kickers play at schools located in 20 different states
  • Year – 23 Seniors, 5 Juniors, 3 Sophomores, 4 Freshmen 
In alphabetical order, the first third of the Fred Mitchell Award honorees for October 2013 are:

NICK AUSSIEKER Illinois State University – FCS 
Junior from Wildwood, MO….2nd on the team in scoring with 46 points from 5 of 6 FG’s and 31 of 31 PAT’s…2012 Fred Mitchell Award Finalist….scored 13 points in 55-14 win over Indiana State on October 19….averaging 56 yards on 42 kickoffs….volunteers with the football team at Special Olympics….volunteered with coaches and teammates by digging trenches for the Humane Society of Central Illinois 

MATTHEW AVEN Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (California) – Division III 
Freshman from Bellaire, TX….leads the team in scoring with 31 points from 8 of 12 FG’s and 7 of 12 PAT’s…tied Division III record with 62-yard FG on October 19 against Cal Lutheran….also made 50-yard FG against Cal Lutheran….named SCIAC Male Athlete of the Week and selected to the Team of the Week following Cal Lutheran game….scored 13 points in 49-46 OT win over Whittier on October 26 including game-winning 33-yard FG….made game-winning 36-yard FG in OT to beat Lewis & Clark on September 14….made 53-yard FG against Rhodes on September 21….two week mission trip in Honduras at Mission Lazerus….Impact Church Reading Program volunteer….Service Project with Amigos for Christ in Nicaragua….monthly volunteer at Loaves and Fishes soup kitchen for four years 

BEAU BAKER Cumberland University (Tennessee) – NAIA 
Senior from Mt. Juliet, TN….2nd on the team in scoring with 50 points from 8 of 8 FGs and 26 of 26 PATs….scored 7 points in 49-42 OT win against Pikeville on October 5…scored 9 points in 45-43 win over Union College on October 12….Worship Without Walls volunteer where he cleaned, organized and painted rooms at the Mt. Juliet Senior Citizens Center….Relay for Life fundraiser team co-captain….Sherry’s Run cancer research event volunteer as part of the football team’s clean-up efforts….Field Day volunteer with the football team at Sam Houston Elementary School 

MICHAEL BARON Bentley University (Massachusetts) – Division II 
Sophomore from Medfield, MA….2nd on the team in scoring with 46 points from 7 of 10 FGs and 25 of 26 PATs….never attempted a FG or PAT before this season….2nd in Northeast-10 in FG’s made and FG % and tied for 1st in PAT %....scored 14 points in 32-27 win over Saint Anselm on October 5….tied school record with 4 FG’s against Saint Anselm….was 8 of 8 in PAT’s the following week….Bentley Day of Service volunteer where he helped clean streets, rake leaves, clean a community center and play sports with children in a low income neighborhood 

CAMERON BERRA Eastern Illinois University – FCS 
Senior from St. Louis, MO….2nd on the Panthers in scoring with 50 points from 3 of 8 FGs and 41 of 50 PATs….one of 45 FCS players to be named as semifinalists for the National Football Foundation William V. Campbell Trophy which recognizes the best student-athlete in the nation….scored 7 points in 63-7 win over Austin Peay on October 10….scored 7 points in 55-33 win over Southeast Missouri on October 19….school career leader in FG % and third all-time in PAT’s made (136)….named an FCS ADA All-Star….member of school’s baseball team for the last three seasons and hit over .300 last season….Habitat for Humanity volunteer in the Coles County community….youth baseball camp coach in his hometown 

SAM BROCKSHUS Minnesota State University – Division II 
Senior from Spencer, IA….leads the #1-ranked Mavericks in scoring with 70 points from 11 of 14 FG’s and 37 of 38 PAT’s….scored 13 points in 27-7win over Concordia-St. Paul on October 5….2012 Fred Mitchell Award Finalist in top 10…. career leading scorer with 327 points….owns school record for most career FG’s (49), PAT’s (180) and single-season PAT’s (58)…. averaging 59 yards on 57 kickoffs….member of school and NSIC Student-Athlete Advisory Committee….raised funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation….volunteers at youth and varsity football camps in his hometown….Fellowship of Christian Athletes….Kids Against Hunger volunteer….People and Christ Together food drive volunteer 

JAROD BROWN Old Dominion University (Virginia) - FCS 
Senior from Yorktown, VA….leads the team in scoring with 67 points from 9 of 15 FG’s and 40 of 41 PAT’s….set school record by making a 52-yard FG in 59-58 win over The Citadel on September 21 and broke the record on October 19 at FCS Pittsburgh with a 54-yard FG….scored 9 points in 27-24 win at Norfolk State on October 26….had streak of 94 straight PAT’s snapped on September 21….set FCS record with 73 straight PAT’s made in a season….averaging 64 yards on 53 kickoffs….Special Olympics volunteer in event that is held each season….Bone Marrow Drive volunteer 

JEREMIAH CARTER Trinity International University (Illinois) – NAIA 
Freshman from Irving, CA….2nd on the team in scoring with 51 points from 9 of 13 FG’s and 24 of 28 PAT’s….scored 8 points in 20-17 win over Olivet Nazarene on October 5….averaging 55 yards on 45 kickoffs….Special Olympics volunteer….volunteers at Challenger Classic baseball for special needs children….church Children’s Ministry volunteer for past six years….Vacation Bible School volunteer for past five years….Feed the Homeless volunteer….Walk to Cure Duchenne Disease participant….Junior Olympics and Irvine Junior Games volunteer 

SERGIO CASTILLO West Texas A&M University – Division II 
Senior from La Joya, TX….leads the Buffs in scoring with 96 points from 15 of 16 FG’s and 51 of 52 PAT’s…. scored 18 points in 90-57 win over McMurry on October 26….set school and conference record by making 12 PATs against McMurry breaking previous record of 11….scored 8 points in 34-30 win over Angelo State on October 19 including season-long 47-yard FG....scored 11 points in 72-0 win over Central State on October 5…..owns school records for most FG’s in a season (20), career FG’s (53) and consecutive PAT’s made (64)….225 of 229 career PAT’s and 53 of 65 career FG’s…ranks 1st in school history with 384 points….broke the school record for career scoring on September 28 when he reached 343 points….broke the Conference scoring record of 339 that was set in 2008 and the Conference career PAT record of 213…. weekly volunteer in Students in Free Enterprise to assist troubled youth with math, life lessons, college planning and job interviews…Step Up to Success volunteer speaker in Amarillo to counsel high school and middle school students….Toys for Juarez volunteer to collect toys in Amarillo and distribute them to children in Juarez, Mexico…Fellowship of Christian Athletes…Huddle Leader and member of the football team’s Bible study 

JOEY CEJUDO Youngstown State University (Ohio) – FCS 
Junior from Chino Hills, CA …2nd on the team in scoring with 57 points from 5 of 5 FG’s and 42 of 42 PAT’s….scored 8 points in 24-14 win over Western Illinois on October 19….made game-winning kick with 1:50 remaining in the game to beat Southern Illinois 28-27 

SAM COTE Wheaton College (Illinois) – Division III 
Junior from Wheaton, IL …2nd on the team in scoring with 53 points from 7 of 9 FG’s and 32 of 33 PAT’s….scored 6 points in 24-15 win over Augustana on October 5….CCIW Special Teams Player of the Week after 28-3 win over Elmhurst on October 19…..made 53-yard FG as time expired in the first half on October 26 against Illinois Wesleyan….averaging 56 yards on 24 kickoffs….made two mission trips through the Wheaton Football Ministry Partnership….served in ministry with FCA as an intern for the past three summers including leading a Summer Bible Study and leading a Speed Training Camp for six weeks….led the FCA mission trips for the past three years….campus representative for Compassion International….Chicago Hope Academy volunteer….leading ministry with Lead 222 by working with their student ministries conference in Germany 

ZACK CZAP Lycoming College (Pennsylvania) – Division III 
Senior from Philipsburg, PA … 2nd on the Warriors in scoring with 31 points from 5 of 7 FG’s and 16 of 19 PAT’s… scored 8 points in 20-17 win over Albright on October 26….named Conference Special Teams Player of the Week after win over Albright after kicking game-tying 35-yard FG and game-winning 29-yard FG in OT win over Albright….averaging 53 years on 13 kickoffs….participated in Favors Forward Spring Cleaning…helped with flood cleanup along the Loyalsock Creek with the football team … participated in the Student Senate of Lycoming College's haunted house.

College Special Teams Players of the Week 9, 2013

The following kickers and punters have been named Special Teams Players of the Week by their respective conference for the ninth week of the 2013 college football season. 

No slight intended to any returners that received such honors, but our focus (as always) is on the kicking end of things.

AAC - UCF kicker Shawn Moffitt
Big 12 - Texas kicker/punter Anthony Fera 
Big Ten - Minnesota kicker Chris Hawthorne 
CCIW - Illinois Wesleyan kicker Michael Kelley
Centennial - Ursinus kicker Eric Boyer 
CIAA - Lincoln kicker/punter Kyle Jaski
CSFL - Oklahoma Baptist kicker Austin Manger 
CUSA - Louisiana Tech kicker Kyle Fischer 
Empire 8 - Ithaca College kickers Max Rottenecker & Garrett Nicholson
FBS Independent - Navy kicker Nick Sloan 
Frontier - Eastern Oregon kicker Marc David
GSC - West Alabama kicker Mark Grant 
HAAC - Baker kicker Clarence Clark
HCAC - Hanover College punter Josh Green
Ivy - Harvard kicker Andrew Flesher
KCAC - Kansas Wesleyan kicker Terry Stecker 
LSC - Texas A&M-Commerce holder Marcus Fore
MAC - Lycoming kicker Zack Czap 
MAC East -Ohio kicker Josiah Yazdani
MAC West - Western Michigan kicker Andrew Haldeman
MASCAC - Plymouth State kicker Rob Giles
MIAA - Hope College kicker Evan Finch 
MIAA - Central Missouri kicker Zach Gebhardt
MIAC - Concordia kicker Ben Wagner
NEFC - Endicott College kicker/punter Dylan Rushe 
NESCAC - Colby kicker/punter Louw Scheepers 
NJCAA - Iowa Western kicker Danny Hamilton
Pac-12 - Washington kicker/punter Travis Coons
Patriot - Bucknell kicker Derek Maurer 
RMAC - Adams State punter Evan Dick 
RSEQ - Bishop kicker Mathieu Paquette 
SAA - Centre College punter Jake Johnson
SEC - South Carolina kicker Elliott Fry 
SIAC - Benedict College kicker Eduardo Hernandez
SoCon - Western Carolina kicker Richard Sigmon
Sun Belt - Texas State kicker Jason Dann 
USA South - Maryville College kicker Logan Winders

Lou Groza Award
  • Chandler Catanzaro, Clemson
  • Jason Dann, Texas State
  • Kyle Fischer, Louisiana Tech
Ray Guy Award
  •  Chase Tenpenny, Nevada
Beyond Sports Network
  • FBS kicker: Pat Smith, Nebraska
  • FBS punter: Zac Murphy, Miami (OH)
  • FCS kicker: Colton Cook, Southern Utah
  • FCS punter: Jordan Berry, Eastern Kentucky
  • Division II kicker: Sergio Castillo, West Texas A&M
  • Division II punter: Patrick Carney, New Mexico Highlands
  • Division III kicker: Zack Czap, Lycoming
  • Division III punter: Zach Nedzbala, Emory & Henry
  • NAIA kicker: Marcus Kerrigan, William Penn
  • NAIA punter: David DeHarde, Langston
College Football Performance Awards
  • FBS placekicker: Ross Martin, Duke
  • FBS specialist: Kyle Fischer, Louisiana Tech
  • FBS punter: Chase Tenpenny, Nevada
  • FCS placekicker: Griffin Thomas, Jacksonville State
  • FCS punter: Jordan Berry, Eastern Kentucky
  • FCS punter: James Satterfield, UT-Martin
  • FCS punter: Eric Enderson, Delaware
If we missed someone that should be on the above list, please let us know!

Monday, October 28, 2013

NFL Week Eight: Josh Brown, Caleb Sturgis & Shaun Suisham

The Giants won 15-7 over the Eagles. All of their points came from kicker Josh Brown, on field goals of 40, 44, 33, 46 & 27 yards.
“This is a great day, and it’s a good thing for me personally. But…we want to see the offense get rolling and put touchdowns on the board. It’s good to get the win no matter what, but later in the season, we want to score touchdowns. But it’s great to have a day like that and kind of get my rhythm back....

It’s great to come in and be able to win in the division, period. Obviously, this division has been kind of slow to pick up pace, and that’s good for us. So the more games that we can win, the better, but especially these division games give us an opportunity to keep pushing and keep striving. Win one game at a time, and then we’ll see where we end up in December.”
Leading 17-3 in the third quarter, Dolphins kicker Caleb Sturgis hit the upright on a 46 yard attempt. The patriots went on to score 24 unanswered points for a 27-17 win.
“All of my balls in warm up were moving pretty good right to left, a few yards, so I just thought I’d start up on the right upright. It just never moved....

It would have put us up three scores, it would have been huge. I need to make those.”
The Raiders won 21-18 over the Steelers. Among Pittsburgh's missed opportunities were a pair of wide right field goal attempts by kicker Shaun Suisham - a 34 yarder at the end of the first half and a 32 yarder after a a lengthy opening drive in the second half.

“We lost today because I failed to do my job. My job is to make field goals, and I didn't do that today.... A miss is a miss. I'm not going to make excuses. We lost because of me."

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Big Kickers on Campus, 2013 week 9

A summary of notable kicking during the ninth week of the 2013 college football season: 

Freshman kicker Clarence Clark hit a 59 yard field goal with 11:26 remaining to tie the game and a 52 yarder in overtime to give Baker a 13-10 win over Missouri Valley.
"On all of my field goals I try to focus in, and I try to have all of my land marks placed out. I do (visualize before I kick), because if I see it, then I know I can do it."
Senior kicker Jason Dann hit four field goals, including a game winning 42 yarder with four seconds remaining, to lift Texas State 33-31 over South Alabama.
"That’s the stuff you go to bed at night and dream about. Just to have the chance to do that was amazing.A couple of teammates said that was the most excited they had ever seen me, and I’d have to agree with them."
Freshman kicker Danny Hamilton made six field goals (21, 31, 35, 22, 38 & 28 yards) in Iowa Western's 60-7 win over North Dakota State College.

Sophomore kicker Kyle Fischer made five field goals (26, 35, 33, 30 and 35 yards) in  Louisiana Tech's 23-7 win over Florida International.

Sophomore kicker Nick Sloan hit a 30 yard field goal as time expired to give Navy a 24-21 win over Pittsburgh.
“I try to think of every kick as a new kick, so going into that kick, I heard some of the coaches on the other team saying, ‘You missed a PAT last week,’ kind of giving me a hard time for that. Of course I try not to think about it. I just try to think with confidence and try to visualize myself making this kick. That’s all I could do.”
Senior kicker Shawn Leo made a 26 yard field goal with one second remaining to give West Chester a 32-29 win over Shippensburg.

Sophomore kicker Eduardo Hernandez kicked a 22 yard field goal with 31 seconds left to give Benedict a 29-26 victory over Morehouse.

Junior kicker Richard Sigmon hit a 39 yard field goal in overtime to give Western Carolina a 27-24 win over Elon.
“I kicked a game-winner in high school. I have never done anything like this in my college career.... I was slightly nervous. The team had done their part getting the defensive stop, so I knew it was now up to me. I felt pretty good about the ball when I got it up in the air. It was the best feeling in the world to know I could do this for all the fans who came back for Homecoming and the seniors who had wanted this for so long.”
Senior kicker Warren Frevert made a 45 yard field goal with 1:03 remaining to give William Jewel College a  19-17 win over Quincy.

Freshman kicker Matthew Aven hit a 33 yard field goal in overtime to give Claremont-Mudd-Scripps a 49-46 win over Whittier College.

Freshman kicker Elliott Fry hit a 40 yard field goal in overtime to give South Carolina a 27-24 win over Missouri.
"You have the crowd and everyone going crazy, but you have to find a way to stay calm and do what you do. It is really about focus. A big part of the kicking game is mental and being able to focus when the time comes."
Senior kicker Zack Czap hit a 35 yard field goal with 18 seconds remaining to tie the game and a 29 yarder in overtime to give Lycoming a 20-17 win over Albright.
"I kind of expected to get iced a couple times, but you can't be thinking about that back there. You just go back every time with the same mentality."
Freshman kicker Chase Magsig made a 26 yard field goal with 3:09 remaining to lift Gallaudet to a 16-13 win over Husson.

Senior kicker Jarod Brown hit 24 yard field goal as time expired to give Old Dominion a 27-24 win over Norfolk State.

If we missed someone that should be on the above list, please let us know!

Friday, October 25, 2013

Ray Guy Award Candidates 2013

The Augusta Sports Council has announced 85 nominees for the 2013 Ray Guy Award, which identifies the nation's top collegiate punter. Candidates were nominated for the award by their school's sports information department. The list will be narrowed to ten semi-finalists to be announced on November 8. Following the semi-finalists announcement, a national body of Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) sports information directors, coaches, media representatives and previous Ray Guy Award winners will vote for the top three finalists, who will be identified on November 25. The voting body will then cast ballots to select the winner. The presentation of the Ray Guy Award will be featured on The Home Depot College Football Awards on Thursday, December 12th.

Zach Paul, Akron Chase Tenpenny, Nevada
Cody Mandell, Alabama Ben Skaer, New Mexico
Sam Irwin-Hill, Arkansas Cayle Chapman-Brown, New Mexico State
Steven Clark, Auburn Thomas Hibbard, North Carolina
Spencer Roth, Baylor Tyler Wedel, Northern Illinois
Nate Freese, Boston College Kyle Brindza, Notre Dame
Brian Schmiedebusch, Bowling Green Cameron Johnston, Ohio State
Scott Arellano, BYU Jed Barnett, Oklahoma
Cole Leininger, California Kip Smith, Oklahoma State
Richard Hogan, Central Michigan Tyler Campbell, Ole Miss
Darragh O'Neill, Colorado Alejandro Maldonado, Oregon
Hayden Hunt, Colorado State Keith Kostol, Oregon State
Cole Wagner, Connecticut Matt Yoklic, Pittsburgh
Will Monday, Duke Cody Webster, Purdue
Trent Tignor, East Carolina Nick Marsh, Rutgers
Austin Barnes, Eastern Michigan Joel Alesi, San Diego State
Kyle Christy, Florida Mike Loftus, SMU
Cason Beatty, Florida State Ben Rhyne, Stanford
Sean Poole, Georgia Tech Riley Dixon, Syracuse
Richie Leone, Houston Ethan Perry, TCU
Austin Rehkow, Idaho Paul Layton, Temple
Justin DuVervois, Illinois Michael Palardy, Tennessee
Connor Kornbrath, Iowa Austin Fera, Texas
Kirby Van Der Kamp, Iowa State Drew Kaser, Texas A&M
Trevor Pardula, Kansas Will Johnson, Texas State
Mark Krause, Kansas State Zach Robinson, Texas State
Anthony Melchiori, Kent State Ryan Erxleben, Texas Tech
Landon Foster, Kentucky Vince Penza, Toledo
Justin Manton, Louisiana-Monroe Will Scott, Troy
Logan McPherson, Louisiana Tech Peter Picerelli, Tulane
Ryan Johnson, Louisville Hunter Mullins, UAB
Tyler Williams, Marshall Caleb Houston, UCF
Nathan Renfro, Maryland Logan Yunker, UNLV
Tom Hornsey, Memphis Kris Albarado, USC
Pat O'Donnell, Miami (FL) Tom Hackett, Utah
Zac Murphy, Miami (OH) Taylor Hudston, Vanderbilt
Mike Sadler, Michigan State Alec Vozenilek, Virginia
Josh Davis, Middle Tennessee A.J. Hughes Virginia Tech
Peter Mortell, Minnesota Nicholas O'Toole, West Virginia
Baker Swedenburg, Mississippi State Hendrix Brakefield, Western Kentucky
Christian Brinser, Missouri Justin Schroeder, Western Michigan
Pablo Beltran, Navy Drew Meyer, Wisconsin
Sam Foltz, Nebraska

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Kicking for Beginners

In a previous post, we looked at the importance of deliberate practice, and plenty of it, on the way to becoming an expert kicker. The popular target number that is typically hyped is 10,000 hours of such practice. From a simple mathematical viewpoint, that suggests starting at an early age can be a big advantage. Although individual children vary in their development, 18 months is a typical age when most kids can start working on kicking a ball. So if you are (or will soon be) a year and a half old, you will definitely want to continue reading this post.

Pediatrician David Geller provides the following thoughts on initial practices for aspiring kickers:
Children learn well by watching someone else perform a task, imitating that person, and receiving positive reinforcement for their efforts. For example, to teach your child how to kick a ball, demonstrate kicking it yourself. Roll it toward her foot and ask her to kick it. She'll probably try to imitate you, but even if the ball simply touches her foot, reinforce what just happened by saying "nice kick." She'll then learn that a kick is when the ball hits and — you hope — bounces off her foot.

Soon, she'll start trying to kick the ball — if she hits it, give more praise. Going barefoot may speed things up because she can feel her foot connect with the ball, so if you can, lose the shoes. Once she's got the hang of it, show her how to practice kicking against a wall (if you're indoors, make sure you've got a room with lots of space). She'll learn quickly what kicking means and will enjoy doing it.
Looking ahead one year, to when you reach the age of approximately 30 months, you will want to consider getting involved in organized soccer. That's true even if soccer is not your long term goal. If you check the resume of nearly every NFL placekicker, you'll find soccer listed at the beginning of their kicking career. There are soccer programs around the globe for toddlers, often starting as young as 2 to 3 years of age.

If you have parents or know other adults that will be teaching soccer to toddlers, they may want to keep the following basics in mind:
  • Children age 2 and up can begin to learn soccer. They will need a size 3 ball which generally weighs between 11 and 12 ounces with a circumference of 23 to 24 inches.
  • Teaching your child to dribble rather than kick the ball will take patience. Demonstrate the technique of moving the ball across the grass using various parts of the foot. You don’t have to be an expert, but you do have to cheer them on as it is hard work! 
  • Shooting the ball involves power and accuracy which toddlers do not have yet. Teaching them that the object of the game is to get the ball into the net is enough for now. Technique can be taught later.
  • You can have a great deal of fun passing the ball back and forth. The exercise will do you both good and prepare your child for later lessons.
Some suggestions for a practice itinerary include the following:
  • Practices should be 45 minutes to an hour; any longer and you risk bored, overtired toddlers. 
  • Although they don't need it, spend the first five minutes stretching with the kids. It's a good habit to establish. After they learn the stretches, allow each child to pick one for the team to do.
  • End each practice with a scrimmage. This will teach the kids which goal their team is attacking, but it's OK if they get confused. Expect it to happen. 
As NFL kicker Steven Hauschka noted when we interviewed him:
"I always remember being a good soccer player. I started playing soccer when I was two or three. We had those soccer nets, like the hockey goals were soccer nets. I remember being the goalkeeper and being able to shoot at the other goal from my goal. I kicked the ball pretty well from a young age."

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Most College Career Kicking Points

FBS: 466 by Dustin Hopkins, Florida State (2009-12)
"I remember my freshman year when I was having trouble with extra points. Like I missed four in my first four games, and some people were like, 'Switch him out. Get another guy in there.' And then missing game-winners and different things, I see adversity that I've been through and then to see on the other side the success is truly a blessing....

A lot of people see it as an individual award, but the way I see it is it speaks to a lot of people. Coach Fisher having faith in me and I guess recruiting well. And people buying into the field goal team and really caring and not taking plays off. ... And also the offense just putting me in positions to score. And I'm lucky Graham [Gano] didn't kick for four years, right? But a lot of things have to work together for something like this to happen. And I'm just humbled and very blessed." - 11/17/12
FCS: 407 by Dan Carpenter, Montana (2004-07)
"I might start thinking more of it once it gets closer. But I’m perfectly happy with touchdowns and just kicking extra points all season. Anything I can do to help our team win.... I honestly don’t pay attention. Personal stats don’t matter. I’m here to help 2007 Griz football reach our goals." - 9/29/07
D-II: 420 by Jeff Glas, North Dakota (2002-05)
"I honestly didn't know that I had beat the D-II scoring record until I saw it in the paper or a news release a few days later. I really don't even know which game I broke the record in! I was so focused on the "next kick" my senior year that I wasn't really focused on any sort of record. I think most successful kickers don't think about anything but the next kick... Looking back in retrospect the record is something I'm very proud of. I played on some very good teams so that was a huge part in me reaching that record. It is always fun to let people know that I'm the leading scorer in D-II for kickers if it comes up in conversation, but I'm not exactly out advertising that! It's more my own personal satisfaction than anything." - 11/19/12
D-III: 470 by Jeff Schebler, Wisconsin-Whitewater (2006-09)
"In the game, my second extra point put me on top of Division III scoring for kickers. This is quite an honor to have. Kicking all of the extra points for four years and being able to kick field goals was what enabled me to become #1. A lot of what I have done through the years goes out to my teammates because without them, this accomplishment would never have even had a chance to happen. The offense has been able to put the ball in the end zone, and my snapper and holder have always done a great job since I have been here." - 10/20/09
CIS: 422 by Lirim Hajrullahu, Western (2009-13)
“I just tried to look at each one as just another kick. That’s the way do it no matter how far in the playoffs or what it is.... This last week everyone has been talking about it. The weight is off our shoulders and we got a great victory.”

Monday, October 21, 2013

College Special Teams Players of the Week 8, 2013

The following kickers and punters have been named Special Teams Players of the Week by their respective conference for the eighth week of the 2013 college football season. 

No slight intended to any returners that received such honors, but our focus (as always) is on the kicking end of things.

ACS - Mary Hardin-Baylor punter Chad Peevey 
Big Sky - Montana State kicker/punter Rory Perez 
Big Ten - Indiana kicker Mitch Ewald
CAA - Rhode Island kicker Dylan Smith
ECAC - Temple punter Paul Layton 
ECFC - Norwich kicker Wesley Medeiros 
Empire 8 - Salisbury kicker Zak Osborne
Frontier - Rocky Mountain College kicker Ryan Steska
GLVC - Truman State punter Jacob Lamp
KCAC - Southwestern kicker Chris Mayer
MASCAC - Plymouth State punter/DB Chris Smith 
MEAC- Hampton kicker Anthony Prevost
MIAA - Emporia State kicker Eli Kuhns
MVFC - Youngstown State punter Nick Liste
NEC - Duquesne punter Aaron Fleck
NEFC - MIT kicker Tucker Cheyne
NESCAC - Wesleyan kicker Sebastian Aguirre 
NSAA - Mayville State kicker Dylan Torgerson
NSIC - University of Mary kicker/punter Tyler Ryan
Pac-12 - Arizona State kicker Zane Gonzalez
RMAC - CSU-Pueblo kicker Greg O'Donnell 
SAC - Mars Hill kicker Victor Yurco
SCAC - Trine kicker Kevin Wise
SEC - Tennessee kicker Michael Palardy

Lou Groza Award
  • Roberto Aguayo, Florida State
  • Andrew Baggett, Missouri
  • Michael Palardy, Tennessee
Ray Guy Award
  •  Richie Leone, Houston
Beyond Sports Network
  • FBS kicker: Andrew Baggett, Missouri
  • FBS punter: Sean Covington, UCLA
  • FCS kicker: Dylan Smith, Rhode Island
  • FCS punter:Ben LeCompte, North Dakota State
  • Division II kicker: Mario Diaz-Aviles, Bowie State
  • Division II punter: Brandon Kliesen, CSU-Pueblo
  • Division III kicker: Moses Villareal Gomez, Pacific
  • Division III punter: Tyler Wyman, Willamette
  • NAIA kicker: Michael Brewer, MidAmerica Nazarene
  • NAIA punter: David DeHarde, Langston
College Football Performance Awards
  • FBS placekicker: Aaron Jones, Baylor
  • FBS specialist: Andrew Baggett, Missouri
  • FBS punter: Drew Kaser, Texas A&M
  • FCS placekicker: Dylan Smith, Rhode Island
  • FCS punter: Roy Perez, Montana State
  • FCS punter: Kasey Redfern, Wofford
If we missed someone that should be on the above list, please let us know!

NFL Week Seven: Winning Kicks by Nick Folk, Shaun Suisham & Mike Nugent

Buffalo kicker Dan Carpenter was not the only kicker to hit a game winning field goal yesterday. Three others also did so.

Jets kicker Nick Folk made field goals of 37, 37 & 42 yards. The latter came in overtime, following a wide left attempt from 56 yards that was negated by penalty allowing the drive to continue. The final kick gave New York a 30-27 win over New England.
“The wind was kind of blowing back and forth the whole game. It was going to their bench consistently and kind of to each corner, varying throughout the game. I went out there and just tried to drive it a little more and the wind kind of beat it up a little bit. It pulled it a little left. Fortunately for us, they got a penalty....

I wish the game would've ended on the long one. That one would've been fun, but luckily we got closer and I got to put it through and beat the Patriots." 
Steelers kicker Shaun Suisham made field goals of 34, 28, 38 & 42 yards. The latter came on the final play of the game and gave Pittsburgh a 19-16 win over Baltimore.
"Fortunately I am surrounded with a lot of talented people. We have a talented team. I am happy to be a part of a win we desperately needed. A lot of guys played good football yesterday. My job is to make field goals and I am happy I was able to do that....

I understood the ramifications if I make the kick, but the routine should stay the same. It’s just years worth of experience and a routine I believe in. It’s staying true to that regardless of the situation. But it was a combination of excitement and relief hitting it, relief more."
Bengals kicker Mike Nugent kicked a 54 yarder as time expired to give Cincinnati a 27-234 win over Detroit.
If I hit a ball like that I can’t wait to find every teammate that I see. Just love seeing those guys. So much goes into winning an away game.... I am just so proud of these guys. I’m very lucky to be in that position to hit that last one.”
Coach Marvin Lewis also discussed the kick, as it fell within the day's planned kicking range.
“Anywhere from about where we got it. We can take a game winner from 40, so we could have kicked a 58-yarder today. He felt good about that. I wrote 36 on my sheet at the beginning of the game, so (special teams coordinator) Darrin (Simmons) told me 37. So I went with 36. I asked Darrin to give me a line each day. He gives me a yard line and I put it in my mind where I’m going to take a whack at it. It’s not rocket science or anything.”