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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Fred Mitchell Award 2014 Watch List, part 2

A blue-ribbon Selection Committee evaluates place-kickers that are nominated by their schools for the annual Fred Mitchell Outstanding Place-Kicker Award. Members of the Pro and/or College Football Hall of Fame on the Selection Committee include Tom Beck, Kevin Butler, Paul Hornung, Marv Levy, Steve McMichael, Don Pierson and Gale Sayers. Former football players and others that are active in their communities are also on the Selection Committee including Carl Allegretti, Sergio Castillo, Sean Gothier, Teddy Greenstein, Michael Husted, Dan Jiggetts, Rick Kolaczewski, Connie Kowal, Greg Loberg, Tom Lynch, Carol Monroe, Jeff Michalczyk, Mark Murphy, Patrick Murray, Rob Perry, Michael Ritchey, Jeff Schebler, Caroline Schrenker, Jay Sebben, Bob Thomas, Wolfe Tone, Todd Wilkins, Gary Zauner and Rob Zvonar. There are 12 former college or NFL place-kickers on the Selection Committee, including Schebler (the inaugural Fred Mitchell Award recipient in 2009 and the highest-scoring place-kicker in NCAA history at any level), Lynch (two-time recipient of the Award and the kicker on the 2011 NAIA National Champion Saint Xavier University Cougars), Murray (whose 25 FG’s in 2012 were just one shy of the all-time FCS record set by Nevada’s Tony Zendejas) and Castillo (the first Division II kicker to win the Award and who made 62 of 79 career field goals and 251 of 255 extra points).

In alphabetical order, following is the second third of the 2014 Fred Mitchell Award Watch List:

STEVE GRZYWACZ Stonehill College (Massachusetts) – Division II 
Junior from Manchester, NH….2nd on the team in 2013 scoring with 61 points from 8 of 12 FG’s and 37 of 41 PAT’s….2014 Beyond Sports Network Preseason All-Northeast-10… enters junior year ranked 2nd in program history for career FG’s made (one shy of record) and FG attempts; 3rd for PAT kicks made… 2013 All-Northeast-10 Second Team… set program single-season records for PAT’s made and attempted, while his point total is the 8th highest single-season total in program history and his FG’s made is tied for 2nd all-time, behind his own school record of 11 in 2012... ranked 12th in the NE-10 for scoring, 3rd for FG’s made and 4th for PAT’s made and kicker scoring… volunteers for a mentoring program with the Brockton High School chapter of Let's Get Ready, a program that offers counseling and free SAT prep to students from low income families… served as a math coach which involved working with students on math skills and tips on how to take the math portion of the SAT exam… worked with sessions called "college choice” to advise students on various aspects of college prep, exploring and researching various schools, reviewing the college application process as well as helping students to register for the SAT exam… volunteers for the Special Olympics program at Stonehill and the Easton Elementary School Recess day program 

ALEX HALLWACHS Washington University (Missouri) – Division III 
Junior from Chagrin Falls, OH….led the team in 2013 scoring with 45 points from 8 of 14 FG’s and 21 of 22 PAT’s….First Team All-UAA….led the UAA in kicking points (45), FG’s (8) and PAT % (96%)…made season-long 45-yard FG with 8 seconds left in 9-7 win at Carnegie Mellon on November 2….UAA Special Teams Player of the Week three times during the season…averaged 55 yards on 37 kickoffs….volunteered for eight weeks to help inner city youth develop leadership, self-motivation and teamwork skills through soccer….Koaches for Kids volunteer 

CONNOR HASKINS University of North Carolina at Pembroke – Division II 
Junior from Lumberton, NC….led the Braves in 2013 scoring with 91 points from 14 of 19 FG’s and 49 of 50 PAT’s….nominated for 2013 Fred Mitchell Award….set school records for both FG’s (14) and PAT’s made (49) last season….named Beyond Sports Network (BSN) Special Teams Player of the Week after connecting on all three FG attempts (19, 22, 44) and both PAT attempts in a season-opening 25-21 upset of then-No. 5 Winston-Salem State….matched career long with 48-yard FG against Catawba….set school record with 16 points (3/3 FG, 7/7 PAT) against Tusculum….broke school record by connecting on all nine PAT attempts against Virginia-Lynchburg….made 57 consecutive PAT attempts (school record)….ranks 4th all-time in school history with 155 points….made two or more made FG’s in five games this year….averaged 61 yards on 75 kickoffs…Lumberton High School football camp volunteer….attended mission trip to Mexico with First Presbyterian Church in Lumberton 

RANDY HILL St. Norbert College (Wisconsin) – Division III 
Senior from Green Bay, WI….led the team in 2013 scoring with 52 points from 8 of 14 FG’s and 28 of 31 PAT’s….First Team All-Midwest Conference…received the team’s Special Teams Unsung Hero Award….team’s Special Teams Player of the Week three times and Special Teams Player of the Year…averaged 62 yards on 50 kickoffs…St. Norbert College Free Youth Camp volunteer….coordinated with some football teammates for a Bingo Night at a local assisted living facility. 

JOSEPH HOUSTON Hinds Community College (Mississippi) – NJCAA 
Sophomore from Pelahatchie, MS….2nd on the team in 2013 scoring with 67 points from 9 of 11 FG’s and 40 of 44 PAT’s….All-Region XXIII team….All-State First Team Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges….made 41-yard FG into the wind against Navarro (Texas) College in the Brazos Valley Bowl on December 7….volunteers at Timber Creek Christian camp….Haiti mission trip to work in an orphanage….collects canned goods for the needy during holidays 

TANNER HUBBARD Dakota State University (South Dakota) – NAIA 
Sophomore from Aurora, CO….3rd on the team in 2013 scoring with 30 points from 2 of 2 FG’s and 24 of 28 PAT’s….nominated for 2013 Fred Mitchell Award….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 

KRESIMIR IVKOVIC John Carroll University (Ohio) – Division III 
Senior from Euclid, Ohio … led the Blue Streaks in 2013 scoring with 117 points from 20 of 24 FG’s and 57 of 57 PAT’s … 2013 Fred Mitchell Award Finalist…2013 AP Little All-American….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 … 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 ….partnering with Kick-It again in 2014 … 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 … volunteered to help teach kicking and punting at the John Carroll University and Penn Hills High School camps … Worked Pre Cana at St. Basil 

ADAM KELLER North Dakota State University – FCS 
Senior from Lewisberry, PA….led the Bison in 2013 scoring with 103 points from 9 of 12 FG’s and 76 of 78 PAT’s….nominated for 2013 Fred Mitchell Award….named to 2014 College Football Performance Awards Watch List….scored 6 points in 24-23 win over then #4 Northern Iowa on October 5….scored 6 points in 24-21 win at Kansas State in season-opener….set school records in 2013 and 2012 for PAT’s made and attempted….volunteer coach for Tri-City seventh grade soccer team…Rosewood Nursing Home volunteer…middle school tutor to special needs students….Special Olympics volunteer….Blue Key Honor Society Member. 

THOMAS KINNEY Southern Illinois University – FCS 
Senior from McHenry, IL….led the Salukis in 2013 scoring with 94 points from 18 of 24 FG’s and 40 of 41 PAT’s….…. named to 2014 College Football Performance Awards Watch List ….Preseason First Team All-American by The Sports Network….Second Team All-Conference and MVFC All-Newcomer Team….18 FG’s in 2013 ranks 2nd in school history….52-yard FG against Western Illinois tied for 2nd longest in FCS in 2013…named 2014 preseason First Team All-America kicker by The Sports Network and Beyond Sports Network….averaged 60 yards on 30 kickoffs….volunteered with the football team in the annual Souper Bowl of Caring fundraisers in 2013 and 2014 to combat hunger and assist Good Samaritan Ministries and the Murphysboro Food Pantry….Special Olympics volunteer with the football team 

AVERY LLEWELLYN Colorado School of Mines – Division II 
Junior from Durango, CO….led the team in 2013 scoring with 86 points from 14 of 19 FG’s and 44 of 47 PAT’s….2014 Beyond Sports Network Second Team Preseason All-American and All-RMAC…2013 Don Hansen All-Super Region….NFFCC All-Colorado Special Teams Player of the Year and All-Colorado….RMAC Special Teams Player of the Year…led RMAC with 14 regular season FG’s….3 of 3 in FG’s in wins over Fort Lewis, New Mexico Highlands and Chadron State…averaged 61 yards on 75 kickoffs….Project Merry Christmas volunteer in Durango where he worked with Durango Fire Department to deliver gifts to local families 

CARLOS MACIAS Navarro College (Texas) – NJCAA 
Sophomore from Dangerfield, TX….2nd on the team in 2013 scoring with 99 points from 11 of 11 FG’s and 66 of 67 PAT’s….set school record for most kicking points in a season (99), most FG’s in a game (4) and most PAT’s in a season (66)….Habitat for Humanity volunteer in Corsicana….food drive volunteer on campus 

MILES MACKENZIE Ohio Wesleyan University – Division III 
Senior from Denver, CO….2nd on the team in 2013 scoring with 59 points from 8 of 21 FG’s and 35 of 41 PAT’s….3rd in kick scoring in North Coast Athletic Conference…holds OWU game, season and career records for FG’s made….35 PAT’s was 2nd in school history….volunteer at Bishop Champion Games track and field meet for athletes with special needs…volunteered 4 hours/week at the Grace Clinic in Delaware during the spring….volunteered 20 hours/week at Denver hospital during the summer

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Prairie View A&M Panthers Kicker, Punter & Snapper News


July 18, 2014 - summer specialists
"The Panthers should be in good hands on special teams as the only spot the coaching staff needs to replace is the holder.... Senior punter Travis Jatzlau averaged 40.9 yards punts per game last season while Christopher Barrick is expected to bounce back as the team’s field goal kicker. Fellow senior Michael Cottingham emerged as a surprise as he recorded 19 touchbacks in his first season as PVAMU’s kickoff specialist." - Panthers

Fred Mitchell Award 2014 Watch List, part 1

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 will be 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 in February 2015 at the National Football Foundation Chicago Metro Chapter Awards Ceremony at Halas Hall. 

The breakdown of the 36 place-kickers on this years’ watch list is as follows: 
  • Collegiate Division – 7 FCS, 12 Division II, 12 Division III, 3 NAIA and 2 NJCAA 
  • State – the place-kickers play at schools located in 24 different states
  • Year – 16 Seniors, 11 Juniors, 9 Sophomores 
  • Fred Mitchell Award Finalists in 2013 that are on the 2014 Watch List - 13
In alphabetical order, following is the first third of the 2014 Fred Mitchell Award Watch List: 

NICK AUSSIEKER Illinois State University – FCS 
Senior from Wildwood, MO….2nd on the team in 2013 scoring with 62 points from 9 of 11 FG’s and 35 of 35 PAT’s…nominated for 2013 Fred Mitchell Award…. named to 2014 College Football Performance Awards Watch List …needs 66 points to set the school’s all-time scoring record….scored 13 points in 55-14 win over Indiana State on October 19….averaged 56 yards on 67 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 
Sophomore from Bellaire, TX….led the team in 2013 scoring with 44 points from 11 of 17 FG’s and 11 of 18 PAT’s…nominated for 2013 Fred Mitchell Award….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 D3football.com 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….one FG miss and three PAT misses were blocked….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 

ALEX BALL Lamar University (Texas) – FCS 
Sophomore from Westlake, CA….4th on the team in 2013 scoring with 41 points from 7 of 7 FG’s and 20 of 20 PAT’s….took over kicking responsibilities midway through his freshman season…. named to 2014 College Football Performance Awards Watch List….scored career-high 16 points in win over Stephen F. Austin including 41-yard FG for the win as time expired and school record 4 FG’s in a game….Southland Conference Special Teams Player of the Week….made career-long 47-yard FG at Sam Houston State….made 42-yard FG against Central Arkansas….averaged 52 yards on 52 kickoffs….volunteered to play games and read books to kids at a local children’s home 

MICHAEL BARON Bentley University (Massachusetts) – Division II 
Junior from Medfield, MA….2nd on the team in 2013 scoring with 64 points from 9 of 13 FG’s and 37 of 38 PAT’s….2nd in Northeast-10 in FG %, PAT % and FG’s made….4 FG’s in October 5 game against Saint Anselm tied school and conference record….named NE-10 co-Special Teams Player of the Week for his efforts in that game where he scored 14 points…averaged 53 yards on 36 kickoffs….Deutches Altenheim nursing home volunteer 

ALEX BOUMERHI Lock Haven University (Pennsylvania) – Division II 
Junior from Philipsburg, PA….led the team in 2013 scoring with 46 points from 9 of 15 FG’s and 19 of 23 PAT’s….48-yard FG was the 2nd longest in the PSAC last season….averaged 57 yards on 41 kickoffs….volunteers each spring at the Robbie Gould Foundation Golf Tournament and youth football camp hosted by Lock Haven native and Chicago Bears kicker Robbie Gould….Philipsburg Soccer Association volunteer coach in spring and summer….Philipsburg-Osceola High School soccer team volunteer coach….held free youth soccer clinic for 60 local players for the Philipsburg Soccer Association….volunteer coach for local high school football kickers and specialists….participates in football team community service projects 

ANDREW BREES University of Minnesota Duluth – Division II 
Junior from West Allis, WI….2nd on the Bulldogs in 2013 scoring with 81 points from 10 of 15 FG’s and 51 of 58 PAT’s….volunteered at Courage Center Duluth the past two winters, working with people with disabilities ... volunteers at annual Duluth Lions Club Pancake Day, the ALS Blizzard Tour and various UMD sports clinics 

JEREMIAH CARTER Trinity International University (Illinois) – NAIA 
Sophomore from Irving, CA….2nd on the team in 2013 scoring with 51 points from 9 of 13 FG’s and 24 of 28 PAT’s….nominated for 2013 Fred Mitchell Award….scored 8 points in 20-17 win over Olivet Nazarene on October 5….averaged 55 yards on 45 kickoffs….pitcher on TIU’s baseball team….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 

KYLE CAZZETTA Yale University (Connecticut) – FCS 
Senior from Slate Hill, NY….3rd on the team in 2013 scoring with 58 points on 11 of 15 FG’s and 25 of 30 PAT’s…. nominated for 2013 Fred Mitchell Award…. named to 2014 College Football Performance Awards Watch List ….All-Ivy League honorable mention…two-time Ivy League Special Teams Player of the Week….punt, pass and kick volunteer with New Haven youth football teams….Bulldog Youth Day volunteer at a baseball game….Mandi Schwartz bone marrow drive participant….Warrior Scholar Project volunteer that helps veterans return to college life…Relay for Life participant with fellow Yale students 

CLARENCE CLARK Baker University (Kansas) – NAIA 
ophomore from Phoenix, AZ …led the team in 2013 scoring with 160 points (94 kicking points from 17 of 26 FG’s and 43 of 46 PAT’s)….made FG’s from 59, 55 and 51 yards as a freshman last season…scored 11 TD’s as a wide receiver….coaches 125 youth football players in Chandler at the Monday Night Football Free Football and Cheer Clinic presented by Chandler American Youth Football and Cheer 

SAM COTE Wheaton College (Illinois) – Division III 
Senior from Wheaton, IL …led the team in 2013 scoring with 83 points from 12 of 16 FG’s and 47 of 50 PAT’s….2013 Fred Mitchell Award Finalist….earned CCIW Special Teams Player of the Week three times in 2013… made a 53-yard FG as time expired in the first half against Illinois Wesleyan, the longest in school history….averaged 56 yards on kickoffs…. led a service/missions trip to Ethiopia through the Wheaton Football Ministry Partnership….served with FCA as an intern for the past three years including leading a Summer Bible Study and leading a Speed Training Camp for six weeks….led the FCA/Chick-Fil-A Chicago Power Camp for 200+ inner City kids… led the FCA service trips for the past three years….campus representative for Compassion International….Chicago Hope Academy volunteer….volunteering with Willow Creek Association by working with their student leadership conference in Germany 

ANDREW FRANKS Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (New York) – Division III 
Senior from Carmel, CA….led the team in 2013 scoring with 53 points from 9 of 11 FG’s and 26 of 28 PAT’s….All-Liberty League First Team kicker….BSN National All-America First Team….team’s Special Teams Player of the Year…tied his own school record with a 50-yard FG….four tackles including three unassisted….Liberty League Special Teams Performer of the Week three times in 2013…D3football.com National Team of the Week once….ECAC North West Special Teams Player of the Week twice….averaged 63 yards on 46 kickoffs….Special Olympics volunteer for past two years….American Cancer Society Relay for Life participant 

JOHN GAY Harding University (Arkansas) – Division II 
Senior from Jonesboro, AR….led the team in 2013 scoring with 77 points from 6 of 7 FG’s and 59 of 64 PAT’s….nominated for 2013 Fred Mitchell Award….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

Monday, July 28, 2014

Northern Colorado Bears Kicker, Punter & Snapper News


February 8, 2014 - two kicker/punters sign 
"One player expected to make an immediate impact is Platte Valley punter-kicker Bailey Collins-Landwehr, whom Collins touted for his ability to put the ball in the end zone. 'Last year, we had four kicks into the end zone (touchbacks),' Collins said, adding 'he had 58.' Collins-Landwehr played a huge role in Platte Valley’s run to the Class 2A state title, capping a four-year career as the team’s starting punter and kicker. 'He was kicking field goals in middle school and that’s not something middle school teams do,' Platte Valley coach Troy Hoffman said. 'He started for us for four years.' Collins-Landwehr is also expected to compete for the starting punting job for the Bears. He averaged 43.4 yards per punt this season and the Broncos had just six punting return yards against them this season. Collins-Landwehr’s longest field goal in high school was from 47 yards, but he’s hit in practice from as far as 55 yards. The other kicker on Wednesday’s list is former Northridge standout Seth Czapenski, listed as a preferred walk-on." - Greeley Tribune

Friday, July 25, 2014

CFPA 2014 Preseason FCS Punters Watch List

College Football Performance Awards, the largest awards organization in D-I college football, recently announced its watch list for the 2014 CFPA Punter Award. The preliminary watch list highlights 38 returning performers, vying for the top individual placekicker award in the Football Championship Subdivision. All CFPA recipients are selected exclusively based upon objective scientific rankings of the extent to which individual players increase the overall effectiveness of their teams. All players are eligible for awards at their respective positions; players are not preemptively eliminated from consideration.
  • Austin Kilcullen, Abilene Christian
  • Jon Martin, Albany
  • Haiden McCraney, Alcorn State
  • Ben Campbell, Austin Peay
  • Adam Lutz, Campbell
  • Nick Pollard, Chattanooga
  • Chris Fraser, Cornell
  • Eric Enderson, Delaware
  • Jake Miller, Eastern Washington
  • David Petroni, Elon
  • Johnathan Wallace, Grambling
  • Christian Faber-Kinney, Hampton
  • David Bicknell, Harvard
  • C.J. Reyes, Idaho State
  • CJ Laros, Illinois State
  • Darcy Williamson, Jackson State
  • Hamish MacInnes, Jacksonville State
  • Jeff Ondish, Maine
  • Jean Breaux, McNeese State
  • Stephen Shaw, Montana
  • Lawrence Forbes, Morgan State
  • Mitch Meindel, North Dakota
  • Ben LeCompte, North Dakota State
  • Logan Bieghler, Northern Iowa
  • Kyle Loomis, Portland State
  • Stephen Doar, Presbyterian
  • Lachlan Edwards, Sam Houston State
  • Greg Peranich, Samford
  • Ryan Belden, San Diego
  • Miles Bergner, South Dakota
  • Ethan Sawyer, South Dakota State
  • Nick Bruno, Stephen F. Austin
  • Cory Carter, Texas Southern
  • Jake Ryder, Towson
  • Colby Wadman, UC Davis
  • Brad Prasky, New Hampshire
  • James Satterfield, Tennessee-Martin
  • Josh Kealamakia, Weber State

Monday, July 21, 2014

BSN 2014 Preseason All-American D2 Kickers & Punters

Beyond Sports Network announced their 2014 Preseason D2 All-American teams. Following are the highlights (i.e. the kickers and the punters). 

First team
  • Kicker: Jamie McGee, Arkansas Monticello
  • Kicker: Brent Wahle, Ohio Dominican
  • Punter: Kyle Jaski, Lincoln (PA)  
  • Punter: Scott Groner Missouri Western
Second team
  • Kicker: Jamie Cacciatore, Azusa Pacific
  • Kicker: Avery Llewellyn, Colorado Mines
  • Punter: Andy Cerett, Cal (PA)
  • Punter: Sam Fowler, Angelo State
Third team
  • Kicker: Brett Ullman, IUP
  • Kicker: Justin Linn, Washburn
  • Punter: James Dugan, West Georgia
  • Punter: Mike Wenk, Southwest Minnesota

Thursday, July 17, 2014

CFPA 2014 Preseason FBS Placekickers Watch List

College Football Performance Awards recently announced its watch list for the 2014 CFPA Placekicker Award. The preliminary watch list highlights 40 returning performers, vying for the top individual punter award in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS). All CFPA recipients are selected exclusively based upon objective scientific rankings of the extent to which individual players increase the overall effectiveness of their teams. All players are eligible for awards at their respective positions; players are not preemptively eliminated from consideration.
  • Will Conant, Air Force
  • Zane Gonzalez, Arizona State
  • Dan Goodale , Boise State
  • Tyler Tate, Bowling Green
  • Will Oliver, Colorado
  • Jared Roberts, Colorado State
  • Ross Martin, Duke
  • Roberto Aguayo, Florida State
  • Marshall Morgan, Georgia
  • Jack Cantele, Kansas State
  • Kyle Fischer, Louisiana Tech
  • John Wallace, Louisville
  • Colby Delahoussaye, LSU
  • Brad Craddock, Maryland
  • Jake Elliott, Memphis
  • Matt Goudis, Miami
  • Kaleb Patterson, Miami (OH)
  • Michael Geiger, Michigan State
  • Niklas Sade, NC State
  • Brent Zuzo, Nevada
  • Maxwell Johnson, New Mexico State
  • Kyle Brindza, Notre Dame
  • Josiah Yazdani, Ohio
  • Michael Hunnicutt, Oklahoma
  • Austin Lopez, San Jose State
  • Aleem Sunanon, South Alabama
  • Elliott Fry, South Carolina
  • Jordan Williamson, Stanford
  • Jaden Oberkrom, TCU
  • Jason Dann , Texas State
  • Ryan Bustin , Texas Tech
  • Jeremiah Detmer , Toledo
  • Carl Salazar, Tulsa
  • Ty Long, UAB
  • Shawn Moffitt, UCF
  • Marvin Kloss, USF
  • Andy Phillips, Utah
  • Nick Diaz, Utah State
  • Garrett Schwettman, Western Kentucky
  • Andrew Haldeman, Western Michigan

CFPA 2014 Preseason FBS Punters Watch List

College Football Performance Awards recently announced its watch list for the 2014 CFPA Punter Award. The preliminary watch list highlights 38 returning performers, vying for the top individual punter award in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS). All CFPA recipients are selected exclusively based upon objective scientific rankings of the extent to which individual players increase the overall effectiveness of their teams. All players are eligible for awards at their respective positions; players are not preemptively eliminated from consideration.
  • Zach Paul, Akron 
  • Bentlee Critcher, Appalachian State
  • Sam Irwin-Hill, Arkansas
  • Spencer Roth, Baylor
  • Cole Leininger, California
  • Will Monday, Duke
  •  Sean Kelley, FAU
  • Kyle Christy
  •  Garrett Swanson, Fresno State
  • Collin Barber, Georgia
  • Matt Hubbard, Georgia State
  • Austin Rehkow, Idaho
  • Connor Kornbrath, Iowa
  • Trevor Pardula, Kansas
  • Anthony Melchiori, Kent State
  • Landon Foster, Kentucky
  • Tyler Williams, Marshall
  • Nathan Renfro, Maryland 
  • Mike Sadler, Michigan State
  • Peter Mortell, Minnesota
  • Wil Baumann, NC State
  • Sam Foltz, Nebraska
  • Thomas Hibbard, North Carolina
  • Cameron Johnston, Ohio State
  • Jed Barnett, Oklahoma
  • James Farrimond, Rice
  • Riley Dixon, Syracuse
  • Ethan Perry, TCU
  • Drew Kaser, Texas A&M
  • Hunter Mullins, UAB
  • Sean Covington, UCLA
  • Justin Manton, ULM
  • Tom Hackett, Utah
  • Taylor Hudson, Vanderbilt
  • Alec Vozenilek, Virginia
  • A.J. Hughes, Virginia Tech
  • Nick O’Toole, West Virginia
  • J. Schroeder, Western Michigan

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Georgetown Hoyas Kicker, Punter & Snapper News


May 8, 2014 - freshman class includes two specialists
Henry Woodrow, Punter, Aspen, Colo., Aspen - Three-year letterwinner and senior team captain having played punter, tight end and linebacker…Also earned one letter in lacrosse and one letter on ski-racing team…Two-time First Team Academic All-State….Western Slope First Team All-Conference in 2013…His 72 yard punt is longest in Aspen history…Averaged 38 yards per punt as a senior.

Warren Wynn, Long Snapper, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Cardinal Gibbons - A two-year letterwinner in football, playing linebacker, defensive end and long snapper. - Hoyas

Monday, July 14, 2014

James Rodriguez wins Golden Boot, Lionel Messi wins Golden Ball

Two of the individual winners from the 2014 World Cup...

Golden Boot: James Rodriguez, Colombia
Rodriguez scored six goals in five matches:
  • One goal in 3-0 win over Greece
  • One goal in 2-1 win over Ivory Coast
  • One goal (and two assists) in 4-1 win over Japan
  • Two goals in 2-0 win over Uruguay in Round of 16
  • One goal in 2-1 loss to Brazil in the Semifinals
Golden Ball: Lionel Messi, Argentina
Messi was awarded the Golden Ball for his play throughout the tournament. Not surprisingly, Messi was more concerned with having lost to Germany in the Final:
"The truth is it doesn't interest me at this moment. We wanted to win the World Cup for all the people in Argentina and we couldn't do it. We tried, but we didn't have the luck we had in other games." - Lionel Messi
Nonetheless, Messi's coach felt the award was well deserved:
"He deserves it because he played an extraordinary World Cup. He was a fundamental factor in the team making it to the final, along with everything done by his other team-mates. The World Cup is a highly demanding tournament and as for his reputation, he is in that pantheon among the greats. But he was there before - he has been there for quite some time." - Alejandra Sabella

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Lou Groza Award 2014 Preseason Watch List

The Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award announced the 2014 Preseason Watch List. Kickers on the Lou Groza Award Watch List were chosen based on statistics from the 2013 season and 2014 expectations. All ten FBS conferences are represented among the 30 kickers, led by four each from the American, Big 12, Mountain West, and Pac-12. The ACC, MAC and SEC each placed three kickers, followed by a pair from the Big Ten. Conference USA and the Sun Belt each placed one kicker, along with independent Notre Dame.

Accomplishments are tabulated throughout the season and the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award will announce its 20 semifinalists on Thursday, November 6th. From this list, a panel of more than 300 FBS head coaches, SIDs, media members, and former Groza finalists selects the top three finalists for the award by Monday, November 24th. That same group then selects the national winner, who will be announced on Thursday, December 11th during the Home Depot College Football Awards, broadcast live from Orlando, Fla.
  • Roberto Aguayo, Florida State
  • Kyle Brindza, Notre Dame
  • Ryan Bustin, Texas Tech
  • Jack Cantele, Kansas State
  • Will Conant, Air Force
  • Brad Craddick, Maryland
  • Colby Delahoussaye, LSU
  • Jeremiah Detmer, Toledo
  • Jake Elliott, Memphis
  • Kyle Fischer, Louisiana Tech
  • Elliott Fry, South Carolina
  • Michael Geiger, Michigan State
  • Zane Gonzalez, Arizona State
  • Dan Goodale, Boise State
  • Michael Hunnicutt, Oklahoma
  • Maxwell Johnson, New Mexico State
  • Marvin Kloss, USF
  • Austin Lopez, San Jose State
  • Shawn Moffitt, UCF
  • Marshall Morgan, Georgia
  • Jaden Oberkrom, TCU
  • Will Oliver, Colorado
  • Andy Phillips, Utah
  • Jared Roberts, Colorado State
  • Niklas Sade, North Carolina State
  • Carl Salazar, Tulsa
  • Tyler Tate, Bowling Green
  • John Wallace, Louisville
  • Jordan Williamson, Stanford
  • Josiah Yazdani, Ohio

Ray Guy Award 2014 Preseason Watch List

The Augusta Sports Council has announced the preseason watch list for the 2014 Ray Guy Award, which honors the nation’s top collegiate punter. The 25 candidates on the list incorporate a broad spectrum of Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) punters. The number of eligible candidates for this season will grow when the award opens for nominations in September.  

In early November, the Ray Guy Award committee will meet to select the ten semi-finalists, who will be announced on Nov.14. A national body of Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) sports information directors, coaches, media representatives, and previous Ray Guy Award winners will then vote for the top three finalists, to be announced on Nov. 24. After the finalists are named, the voting body will cast ballots again to select the nation’s top punter. The winner will be announced live during The Home Depot College Football Awards airing on ESPN on Thursday, Dec.11, 2014.
  • Wil Baumann, N.C. State
  • Riley Dixon, Syracuse
  • James Farrimond, Rice
  • Tom Hackett, Utah
  • Thomas Hibbard, North Carolina
  • Taylor Hudson, Vanderbilt
  • A.J. Hughes, Virginia Tech
  • Sam Irwin-Hill, Arkansas
  • Cameron Johnston, Ohio State
  • Drew Kaser, Texas A&M
  • Sean Kelley, Florida Atlantic
  • Cole Leininger, California
  • Justin Manton, ULM
  • Anthony Melchiori, Kent State
  • Will Monday, Duke
  • Peter Mortell, Minnesota
  • Hunter Mullins, UAB
  • Nick O’Toole, West Virginia
  • Trevor Pardula, Kansas
  • Zach Paul, Akron
  • Austin Rehkow, Idaho
  • Spencer Roth, Baylor
  • Mike Sadler, Michigan State
  • Garrett Swanson, Fresno State
  • Tyler Williams, Marshall

Richmond Spiders Kicker, Punter & Snapper News


July 9, 2014 - punter D.J. Helkowski ambipedal 
"D.J. Helkowski arrived at Robins Stadium on Monday evening holding three footballs. He started booting them around the artificial surface. Helkowski, an incoming University of Richmond freshman player, doesn’t do this in the expected way. Helkowski punts left-footed. He kicks with his right foot. Helkowski, 6-foot-2 and 210 pounds, performed both jobs well at Fauquier High School. With an NCAA scholarship maximum of 63, FCS programs rarely offer full scholarships to kickers or punters. In Helkowski’s case, Richmond did. The Spiders’ coaches have told Helkowski that they project him as a punter who may also develop into the program’s kicker. Helkowski’s odd punting-kicking combination began when he was about 7 years old, he recalled on Monday. Helkowski’s father, Doug Helkowski, was Penn State’s starting punter from 1988-91. Father and son would boot footballs in the backyard of their home. Although D.J. (Douglas James) is right-handed, he preferred kicking with his left foot as a child. 'There was really no rhyme or reason for it. There’s nobody (else) in our family that’s left-handed, or left-footed, that I know of,' said Doug." - Richmond Times-Dispatch

April 10, 2014 - change at kicker
"Richmond football suffered yet another blow, as record-setting placekicker Brandon Jordi left the team. Academics were the primary reason Jordi left, he said, but he is going to miss the camaraderie and competitiveness that team sports brings.... Richmond has three or four candidates to replace Jordi, Rocco said, but, chose not to identify them. 'I’m very optimistic, you know,' coach Danny Rocco said. 'It just, it was an area I didn’t foresee having to… address.' Pete Yoder, a freshman and Richmond’s kickoff specialist last season, and redshirt freshman Matthew Kassebaum look to be likely replacements. Neither has attempted a field goal in a game for the Spiders. Jordi said he expected Yoder to replace him but he thought both Yoder and Kassebaum were able candidates. 'They both have a lot of potential,' Jordi said. 'The thing about kicking is, you know, you can have a lot of potential but when it comes to game time you got to be able to execute. That’s what separates good kickers from average kickers'.” - The Collegian

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

CFPA 2014 Preseason FCS Placekickers Watch List

College Football Performance Awards, the largest awards organization in D-I college football, recently announced its watch list for the 2014 CFPA Placekicker Award. The preliminary watch list highlights 36 returning performers, vying for the top individual placekicker award in the Football Championship Subdivision. All CFPA recipients are selected exclusively based upon objective scientific rankings of the extent to which individual players increase the overall effectiveness of their teams. All players are eligible for awards at their respective positions; players are not preemptively eliminated from consideration.
  • Nik Grau, Abilene Christian
  • Eddie Camara, Central Arkansas
  • Alex Catron, Coastal Carolina
  • William Will, Dayton
  • Benjamin Tesson, Drake
  • Austin Crimmins, Duquesne
  • Andrew Lloyd, Eastern Kentucky
  • John Gallagher, Elon
  • Chase Varnadore, Florida A&M
  • Michael Marando, Fordham
  • Anthony Prevost, Hampton
  • Nick Aussieker, Illinois State
  • Ryan Deising, Jackson State
  • Ryan Gralish, Lafayette
  • Alex Ball, Lamar
  • John Lunsford, Liberty
  • Sean Decloux, Maine
  • Tyler Zielenske, Mercer
  • Ben Worst, Montana
  • Adam Keller, North Dakota State
  • Nolan Bieck, Princeton
  • Chris Rogers, Sacred Heart
  • Lance Geesey, Saint Francis (Pa.)
  • Luc Swimberghe, Sam Houston State
  • Warren Handrahan, Samford
  • David Last, San Diego
  • Justin Syrovatka, South Dakota State
  • Thomas Kinney, Southern Illinois
  • Jordan Wiggs, Stephen F. Austin
  • Eric Medina, Texas Southern
  • Brady Stuart, UC Davis
  • Jackson Redditt, UT Martin
  • Dillon Christopher, VMI
  • Richard Sigmon, Western Carolina
  • John Carpenter, William & Mary
  • Kyle Cazzetta, Yale 

Monday, July 7, 2014

Lindy's 2014 Preseason All-Division II Kickers & Punters

Lindy's announced their 2014 Preseason All-Division II teams. Following are the highlights (i.e. the kickers and the punters). 

First team
  • Kicker: Brent Wahle, Ohio Dominican
  • Punter: Patrick Carney, New Mexico Highlands
Second team
  • Kicker: Jamie McGee, Arkansas-Monticello
  • Punter: Kyle Jaski, Missouri Southern State (transferred from Lincoln)

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Sports Network 2014 Preseason All-American FCS Kickers, Punters & Snappers

The Sports Network announced their 2014 Preseason All-American FCS teams. Following are the highlights (i.e. the kickers, the punters and the long snappers). 

First team
  • Kicker: Thomas Kinney, Southern Illinois
  • Punter: Kyle Loomis, Portland State 
  • Long snapper: Chris Highland, Illinois State
Second team
  • Kicker: Anthony Prevost, Hampton
  • Punter: Eric Enderson, Delaware
  • Long snapper: Phil Faccone, Wagner
Third team
  • Kicker: Warren Handrahan, Samford
  • Punter: Cory Carter, Texas Southern
  • Long snapper:  Courtland Clavette, Brown

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

BSN 2014 Preseason All-American FCS Kickers & Punters

Beyond Sports Network announced their 2014 Preseason All-American FCS teams. Following are the highlights (i.e. the kickers and the punters). 

First team
  • Kicker: Alex Catron, Coastal Carolina
  • Kicker: Anthony Prevost, Hampton
  • Punter: Kyle Loomis, Portland State
Second team
  • Kicker: Sean Decloux, Maine
  • Kicker: Michael Marando, Fordham
  • Punter: Eric Enderson, Delaware
Third team
  • Kicker: Warren Handrahan, Samford
  • Punter: Lawrence Forbes, Morgan State