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Thursday, October 3, 2013

Fred Mitchell Award September 2013 Recognizees, part 2

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 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 September 2013 are:

ZACH CZAP Lycoming College (Pennsylvania) – Division III 
Senior from Philipsburg, PA … 3rd on the Warriors in scoring with 21 points from 3 of 3 FG’s and 12 of 13 PAT’s… scored 10 points in 16-14 win over then-#24 Widener on September 28….named Conference Special Teams Player of the Week after win over Widener….averaging 53 years on 11 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. 

CURT DUNCAN Carson-Newman (Tennessee) – Division II 
Senior from Morristown, TN….2nd on the team in scoring with 31 points from 5 of 9 FG’s and 16 of 18 PAT’s…scored 9 points including game-winning 38-yard FG in 27-24 win over Colorado Mines on September 14….Conference Special Teams Player of the Week after game against Colorado Mines….2012 Fred Mitchell Award Finalist in top 10….54-yard FG against Tusculum in 2012 was the longest in school history…. 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 Huskies in scoring with 37 points from 5 of 6 FG’s and 22 of 22 PAT’s…. 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 306 career points….scored 11 points in season-opening 41-13 win over Stonehill….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….2nd on the team in scoring with 23 points from 1 of 2 FG’s and 20 of 22 PAT’s….scored 9 points in 69-0 win over Northwestern Oklahoma on September 14….averaged 52 yards on 10 kickoffs….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 

ADAM KELLER North Dakota State University – FCS 
Junior from Lewisberry, PA….3rd on the #1 ranked Bison in scoring with 19 points from 1 of 2 FG’s and 18 of 20 PAT’s….scored 6 points in 24-21 win over FBS Kansas State on August 30….scored 5 points in 51-0 win over Delaware State on September 21 game attended by ESPN Game Day….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 35 points from 6 of 6 FG’s and 17 of 17 PAT’s….scored 17 points in 65-0 win over Waldorf College on September 28….averaging 59 yards on 8 kickoffs….volunteers at fish fry fundraisers for the United States Fistball Association 

DYLAN LYNCH Jacksonville University (Florida) – FCS 
Senior from Jacksonville, FL….leads the team in scoring with 51 points from 8 of 11 FG’s and 27 of 27 PAT’s…leads the Pioneer Football League and ranks 18th in the nation in scoring…. ranks 2nd in the nation with 27 PATs … has not missed a kick inside 50 yards this season … has made 30 straight PATs dating back to 2012 … set school record with 15 points in a 69-19 win over Morehead on September 14 … matched his 15 point performance a week later against Warner on September 21… owns JU record for career FG’s (22) … named the Sports Network National Special Teams Player of the Week on September 23 … named the PFL Special Teams Player of the Week twice this season on September 22 and September 29 … 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….tied for 1st on the team in scoring with 24 points from 3 of 4 FG’s and 15 of 16 PAT’s….scored 7 points in 31-28 win over Dartmouth on September 28….scored 10 points in 52-21 win over Central Connecticut on September 14 ….averaging 62 yards on 22 kickoffs….Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts volunteer….Holy Cross Cares Day participant….Best Buddies Program volunteer 

ZEB MILLER University of North Dakota - FCS 
Senior from Ankeny, IA….leads the team in scoring with 26 points from 3 of 5 FG’s and 17 of 18 PAT’s….scored 15 points in 69-10 win over Valparaiso on August 29….averaging 65 yards on 25 kickoffs…. 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

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