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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Fred Mitchell Award September 2014 Recognizees, part 1

The Fred Mitchell Award recognized 24 place-kickers for their excellence on the football field and in the community during the month of September. “The first month of the 2014 college football season was thrilling. There were quite a few 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, “These 24 place-kickers are succeeding on the gridiron and their civic and volunteer activities are having a 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 24 place-kickers is as follows:
  • Collegiate Division – 13 FCS, 6 Division II, 3 Division III, 1 NAIA and 1 NJCAA
  • State – the place-kickers play at schools located in 15 different states
  • Year – 12 Seniors, 8 Juniors, 1 Sophomore, 3 Freshmen
In alphabetical order, the first third of the Fred Mitchell Award honorees for September 2014 are:

NICK AUSSIEKER Illinois State University – FCS 
Senior from Wildwood, MO….3rd on the team in scoring with 23 points from 4 of 4 FG’s and 11 of 11 PAT’s…scored 10 points in 34-15 win over Eastern Illinois on September 13….needs 43 points to set the school’s all-time scoring record….averaging 60 yards on 18 kickoffs….volunteers with the football team at Special Olympics….volunteered with coaches and teammates by digging trenches for the Humane Society of Central Illinois 

MICHAEL BARON Bentley University (Massachusetts) – Division II 
Junior from Medfield, MA….leads the team in scoring with 29 points from 5 of 7 FG’s and 14 of 14 PAT’s…scored 9 points in 27-21 win over Mercyhurst on September 6….1st in the Northeast-10 in FG’s made, 2nd in FG % and 4th in total points among kickers….93 career points from 14 of 20 FG’s and 51 of 52 PAT’s…volunteers at Deutches Altenheim nursing home 

MILES BERGNER University of South Dakota - FCS 
Sophomore from Longmont, CO….leads the team in scoring with 34 points from 8 of 8 FG’s and 10 of 10 PAT’s…scored 8 points in 28-21 win over Northern Arizona on September 20….made 2 FG’s in all 4 games this season … averaging 50 yards on 23 kickoffs… has volunteered his last two summers to coach high school football in his hometown …performed community service throughout training camp with his teammates …joined teammates to hang two miles of orange construction fence for a hot rod show 

JONAH BOWMAN Colgate University (New York) – FCS 
Senior from Wyomissing, PA….leads the Raiders in scoring with 31 points from 8 of 8 FG’s and 7 of 7 PAT’s…scored 13 points against Delaware on September 13 leading to National Placekicker of the Week honors from the College Football Performance Awards and Special Teams Player of the Week by the Patriot League and ECAC….scored 9 points in 27-12 win over Cornell on September 20 leading to consecutive Patriot League Special Teams Player of the Week honors….member of local chapter of Uplifting Athletes which helps raise money toward a cure for Ependymoma, a rare type of brain cancer ... team is hosting Colin Hayward, 7, and his family for the second year in a row at this Saturday's game against Holy Cross ... helped team raise more than $20,000 over the last two years ... participates in the team's annual Lift for Life each spring that also raises money for Ependymoma 

ANDREW BREES University of Minnesota Duluth – Division II 
Junior from West Allis, WI….leads the Bulldogs in scoring with 26 points from 6 of 8 FG’s, 6 of 7 PAT’s and one 2-point conversion….scored 11 points in 23-22 OT win over Augustana (South Dakota) on September 13….scored 7 points in 28-21 win over Winona State on September 27….averaging 61 yards on 18 kickoffs….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 

JOHN CARPENTER College of William and Mary (Virginia) - FCS 
Senior from Cumberland, MD….leads the team in scoring with 42 points from 10 of 13 FG’s, 12 of 12 PAT’s….scored 7 points in 27-21 OT win over Stony Brook on September 27….scored 7 points in 33-19 win over Lafayette on September 20 including career-long 49-yard FG in the 4th quarter….CAA Special Teams Player of the Week following season opener at Virginia Tech after making all three FG’s from 44, 36 and 29 yards….leads the CAA in kick scoring with 8.4 points per game and 77% FG %….ranks 8th in school history with 28 career FG’s….averaging 64 yards on 28 kickoffs….Health Outreach Peer Education volunteer….Apple Team volunteer 

JOEY CEJUDO Youngstown State University (Ohio) – FCS 
Senior from Chino Hills, CA….leading the team scoring with 43 points on 9 of 9 FG’s and 16 of 16 PAT’s…. scored 14 points in 44-13 win over Butler on September 13….averaging 64 yards on 29 kickoffs 

BRAD CORNISH Sacramento State University (California) – FCS 
Junior from Santee, CA….leading the team scoring with 44 points on 7 of 8 FG’s and 23 of 24 PAT’s…. FCS National Special Teams Player of the Week after making all 4 FG’s against Weber State (from 48, 43, 45 and 40 yards) in 42-31 win on September 13....only miss was in first game of the season when 56-yard attempt was blocked…averaging 64 yards on 34 kickoffs….delivers food and gifts to those in need in his hometown during the holidays…volunteers with teammates to prepare and deliver sack lunches to local people that are homeless

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