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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Fred Mitchell Outstanding Place-Kicker Award 2013 Finalists

Ten finalists have been named for the 2013 Fred Mitchell Award, which is provided to the Football Championship Subdivision, Division II, Division III, NAIA or NJCAA place-kicker that excels on the football field and in the community. 

The place-kicker chosen for this Award will be announced on December 18, and he will be honored on February 17, 2014 at the National Football Foundation Chicago Chapter Awards Ceremony at Halas Hall in suburban Chicago.

There were 34 place-kickers nominated for this Award. The breakdown of the 10 finalists is as follows:
  • Collegiate Division – 3 FCS, 3 Division II, 2 Division III, 2 NAIA, 0 NJCAA
  • State – the place-kickers play at schools located in 9 different states
  • Year – 8 Seniors, 2 Juniors, 0 Sophomore, 0 Freshmen
  • Included on the Preseason Watch List for the 2013 Fred Mitchell Award - 6
In alphabetical order, the 10 finalists for the 2013 Fred Mitchell Award are listed below.

BEAU BAKER Cumberland University (Tennessee) – NAIA 
Senior from Mt. Juliet, TN….2nd on the team in scoring with 75 points from 12 of 13 FGs and 39 of 41 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 

SAM BROCKSHUS Minnesota State University – Division II 
Senior from Spencer, IA….led the 11-1 Mavericks in scoring with 108 points from 14 of 20 FG’s and 66 of 68 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 365 points….owns school record for most career FG’s (52), PAT’s (209) and single-season PAT’s (66)…. averaged 57 yards on 93 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 

SERGIO CASTILLO West Texas A&M University – Division II 
Senior from La Joya, TX….led the 11-3 Buffs in scoring with 149 points on 24 of 30 FG’s and 77 of 78 PAT’s…. scored 10 points and made both FG’s all 4 PAT’s in 34-27 playoff win over #2 seed Ohio Dominican on November 30….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….tied own school-record with four FG’s in wins over Chadron State and at Midwestern State in regular season finale to help Buffs get into Division II playoffs… owns school records for most FG’s in a season (24), career FG’s (62) and consecutive PAT’s made (64)….251 of 255 career PAT’s and 62 of 79 career FG’s…made season-long 55-yard FG against Eastern New Mexico and also nearly made 67-yard FG in that game but was just short….broke the Conference record for career FG’s in 27-14 playoff win at Indianapolis on November 23 topping previous mark of 59 set between 1999-2002…ranks 1st in school, Conference and Division II history with 437 career 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….First Team All-Conference selection this season….two-time Conference Special Teams Player of the Week…First Team Daktronics All-America selection last season and had a career-long 56-yard FG against Abilene Christian in 2012…scored eight points in 34-30 win over Angelo State on October 19....scored 11 points in 72-0 win over Central State on October 5 …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 

SAM COTE Wheaton College (Illinois) – Division III 
Junior from Wheaton, IL …2nd on the team in scoring with 83 points from 12 of 16 FG’s and 47 of 50 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….averaged 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 

DAN FISHER Bloomsburg University (Pennsylvania) – Division II 
Senior from Liverpool, PA….2nd on the 10-2 Huskies in scoring with 92 points from 11 of 15 FG’s and 59 of 60 PAT’s…. 2nd in Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference in kick scoring….set Conference records for most career FG’s, PAT’s and kicking points….tied for 5th all-time in Division II history with 57 career FG’s….named First Team All-Conference for the third season….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….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….raised nearly $6,400 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 

KRESIMIR IVKOVIC John Carroll University (Ohio) – Division III 
Junior from Euclid, Ohio … led the Blue Streaks in scoring with 117 points from 20 of 24 FG’s and 57 of 57 PAT’s … set numerous single season school records this year including most FG’s made, most FG’s attempts, most PAT’s made and most PAT attempts … tied the 23-year old Ohio Athletic Conference record with 20 FG’s in a season….helped John Carroll to enter the NCAA Division III Championship playoff field for the first time since 2002 … team finished the season 9-2….battled snow on November 23 to make all 3 FG’s and 1 PAT in a 25-16 playoff loss….named to the D3football.com Team of the Week Presented by Scoutware for his performance against Baldwin Wallace where he made both of his FG attempts in John Carroll’s 27-7 win over the then-No. 23 Yellow Jackets including a career-long 45-yard FG … helped stake JCU to a 17-0 halftime lead and forced touchbacks on three of his five kickoffs … two-time Ohio Athletic Conference Special Teams Player of the Week earning honors after wins against Baldwin Wallace and Ohio Northern …scored 17 points against the Polar Bears … helped team to just second 9-0 start in school history and fourth NCAA Championship appearance … helped the Blue Streaks to be ranked as high as No. 9 in the D3football.com Top 25 and the AFCA Top 25 … averaged 62 yards on 86 kickoffs….point person behind Kick-It campaign to raise awareness and funds for childhood cancer on JCU’s campus … football community raised $1,100 towards Kick-It against Heidelberg on November 9, well beyond Ivkovic’s goal … Kick-It is a program designed to raise money for pediatric, adolescent and young adult cancer research … volunteers for Cultivating the Community, an initiative where the football team interacts with surrounding communities to drive positive growth … helped clean, paint and perform yard work at Saint Thomas Aquinas Elementary through Volunteers for Cultivating the Community … tutors elementary students in reading and mathematics once a week through Champs Roxboro, a grant-funded enriched program designed to serve the needs of at-risk youth in the Cleveland Heights-University Heights School District … coaches youth soccer team as part of Croatian Community of Cleveland 

DYLAN LYNCH Jacksonville University (Florida) – FCS 
Senior from Jacksonville, FL….leads the team in scoring with 94 points from 11 of 19 FG’s and 61 of 61 PAT’s… has made 64 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 (25) … averaged 63 yards on 73 kickoffs….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 

ANDREW MUZLJAKOVICH Olivet Nazarene University (Illinois) – NAIA 
Senior from Vicksburg, MI….2nd on the Tigers in scoring with 58 points from 13 of 17 FG’s and 19 f 19 PAT’s ...2012 Fred Mitchell Award Finalist….named Mid-States Football Association Midwest League Special Teams Player of the Week four times in 2013 and nine times in his career….ranks 4th all-time in school history with 197 points… averaged 62 yards on 43 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 

TYLER SIEVERTSEN University of Northern Iowa – FCS 
Senior from Cedar Rapids, IA….leads the Panthers in scoring with 97 points from 21 of 27 FG’s and 34 of 34 PAT’s….2012 Fred Mitchell Award Finalist….scored 11 points including season-long 50-yard FG in 24-23 loss to #1 North Dakota State on October 5….scored 14 points against South Dakota State on October 26 and tied his career-high with 4 FG’s….converted all 4 PAT’s against South Dakota on October 19 to break the school record of 101 consecutive PAT’s….114 of 114 career PAT’s…..averaged 62 yards on 65 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 

GRIFFIN THOMAS Jacksonville State University (Alabama) - FCS 
Senior from Snellville, GA….2nd on the 11-3 Gamecocks in scoring with 128 points from 23 of 30 FG’s and 59 of 60 PAT’s…next playoff game is on December 14….scored 13 points including 47-yard FG in 55-14 playoff game win over Samford on November 30….scored 7 points in 31-10 playoff game win over McNeese on December 7….scored 10 points in 34-14 win over Tennessee Tech on October 26….set school record with 52-yard FG against Eastern Kentucky on November 9….scored school kicking record 16 points in 24-21 double OT win over North Alabama on September 14 including school record 5 FG’s in a game including career-high 51-yard FG becoming 3rd player in school history to make a 50+ yard FG….CFPA National Kicker of the Week and Ohio Valley Conference Co-Special Teams Player of the Week after win over North Alabama….made 25-yard FG as time expired to send game into OT against Murray State on September 28….averaging 62 yards on 94 kickoffs…Fellowship of Christian Athletes….Habitudes student leadership training volunteer….school tutor

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