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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

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