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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Fred Mitchell Award September 2013 Recognizees, part 1

The Fred Mitchell Award recognized 26 place-kickers for their excellence on the football field and in the community during the month of September. “The first month of the 2013 college football season had quite a few college football games decided by late scores by place-kickers, long snappers, holders and blockers on special teams. We are pleased to recognize place-kickers that were nominated by their schools for extraordinary performance during the month,” said Fred Mitchell. The Award’s Selection Committee Chairman Chris Kearney added, “The place-kickers we recognize are having tremendous success on the gridiron so far this season. In addition, their civic and volunteer activities are having a profound and positive impact in their communities. We are delighted to honor this group.” 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 26 place-kickers is as follows:
  • Collegiate Division – 10 FCS, 7 Division II, 4 Division III, 4 NAIA and 1 NJCAA
  • State – the place-kickers play at schools located in 17 different states
  • Year – 18 Seniors, 5 Juniors, 2 Sophomores, 1 Freshmen 
In alphabetical order, the first third of the Fred Mitchell Award honorees for September 2013 are:

NICK AUSSIEKER Illinois State University – FCS 
Junior from Wildwood, MO….2nd on the team in scoring with 21 points from 3 of 4 FG’s and 12 of 12 PAT’s…2012 Fred Mitchell Award Finalist….scored 7 points in 31-17 win over 3-0 Abilene Christian on September 21….averaging 59 yards on 17 kickoffs….volunteers with the football team at Special Olympics….volunteered with coaches and teammates by digging trenches for the Humane Society of Central Illinois 

BEAU BAKER Cumberland University (Tennessee) – NAIA 
Senior from Mt. Juliet, TN….2nd on the team in scoring with 28 points on 6 of 6 FGs and 10 of 10 PATs….scored 15 points in 41-31 win against Belhaven on September 21…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 

SAM BROCKSHUS Minnesota State University – Division II 
Senior from Spencer, IA….leads the Mavericks in scoring with 31 points from 3 of 6 FG’s and 22 of 22 PAT’s….scored 10 points in 34-21win over U-Mary on September 7….2012 Fred Mitchell Award Finalist in top 10…. career leading scorer with 288 career points….owns school record for most career FG’s (41), PAT’s (165) and single-season PAT’s (58)…. averaging 59 yards on 29 kickoffs….member of MSU’a and NSIC’s 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 49 points from 6 of 6 FG’s and 31 of 32 PAT’s….set school record by making a 52-yard FG in 59-58 win over The Citadel on September 21….converted two onside kicks and scored 9 points against The Citadel…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 40 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 32 points from 5 of 5 FG’s and 17 of 20 PAT’s….scored 12 points in 48-0 win over Trinity Bible College on August 31 including 44-yard FG….averaging 57 yards on 29 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’s 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 55 points from 10 of 10 FG’s and 25 of 25 PAT’s…. scored 14 points including game-winning FG with 49 seconds remaining in game in 34-31 win over then-#18 Chadron State on September 12 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX…..tied school record with 4 FG’s in the game against Chadron State….scored 14 points in 62-28 win over Texas A&M-Commerce on September 21 and earned Conference Special Teams Player of the Week honors….scored 15 points in 69-7 win over Texas A&M-Kingsville on September 28….broke the school record for career scoring on September 28 with 343 points….broke the Conference scoring record of 339 that was set in 2008….owns school records for most FG’s in a season (20), career FG’s (48) and consecutive PAT’s made (64)….199 of 202 career PAT’s…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 35 points from 3 of 3 FG’s and 26 of 26 PAT’s….made game-winning kick with 1:50 remaining in the game to beat Southern Illinois 28-27….made season-long 40-yard FG and all 8 PAT’s against Duquesne….made 34-yard FG and all 5 PAT’s at Michigan State….made 37-yard FG and all 8 PAT’s in win over Morehead State 

SAM COTE Wheaton College (Illinois) – Division III 
Junior from Wheaton, IL …2nd on the team in scoring with 32 points from 4 of 4 FG’s and 20 of 20 PAT’s….scored 12 points in 48-27 win over Benedictine on September 7….averaging 57 yards on 23 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

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