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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Fred Mitchell Award October 2014 Recognizees, part 1

The Fred Mitchell Award recognized 29 place-kickers for their excellence on the football field and in the community during the month of October. “October was a record-setting month for college football place-kickers across the country and many games were decided by late field goals. It is a pleasure to recognize kickers that were nominated by their schools for terrific performance during October and for their impressive volunteer efforts off the football field,” said Fred Mitchell. The Award’s Selection Committee Chairman Chris Kearney added, “These 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 29 place-kickers is as follows:
  • Collegiate Division – 12 FCS, 8 Division II, 5 Division III, 3 NAIA and 1 NJCAA 
  • State – the place-kickers play at schools located in 18 different states 
  • Year – 12 Seniors, 7 Juniors, 5 Sophomores, 5 Freshmen
In alphabetical order, the first third of the Fred Mitchell Award honorees for October 2014 are:

NICK AUSSIEKER Illinois State University – FCS 
Senior from Wildwood, MO….2nd on the team in scoring with 48 points from 8 of 8 FG’s and 24 of 26 PAT’s…converted last second 20-yard FG in 20-18 win over then-20th ranked Indiana State on October 11…. scored 7 points including last second 34-yard FG in 37-34 win over Western Illinois on October 18…scored 9 points in 45-10 win over then-9th ranked South Dakota State on October 4….needs 19 points to set the school’s all-time scoring record….averaging 59 yards on 41 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 51 points from 8 of 12 FG’s and 27 of 27 PAT’s…tied for 1st in the Northeast-10 in FG’s made, 2nd in kicking points, 3rd in PAT’s made and 5th in overall scoring….averaging 55 yards on kickoffs….115 career points on 17 of 25 FG’s and 64 of 65 PAT’s….Deutches Altenheim nursing home volunteer 

MILES BERGNER University of South Dakota - FCS 
Sophomore from Longmont, CO….leads the team in scoring with 49 points from 12 of 12 FG’s and 13 of 14 PAT’s…made 2 FG’s in 5 games this season … averaging 51 yards on 35 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 52 points from 11 of 12 FG’s and 19 of 19 PAT’s… scored 7 points including game-winning 23-yard FG with 3 seconds left in the game in 31-30 win over Princeton on October 11….has pulled within 2 FG’s of school season record of 13….set school record with 9 consecutive FG’s made in a season until missing at Yale on October 18 and has made his last 2 FG’s….averaging 58 yards on 37 kickoffs….member of local chapter of Uplifting Athletes which helps raise money toward a cure for Ependymoma, a rare type of brain cancer ... team hosted Colin Hayward, 7, and his family for the second year in a row in October’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 

MITCH BREDBERG Ferris State University (Michigan) – Division II 
Freshman from Ada, MI….2nd on the team in scoring with 59 points from 4 of 5 FG’s, 45 of 50 PAT’s and one 2-point conversion… scored 9 points in 34-19 win over then-#6 Ohio Dominican on October 18 including two key second half FG’s in top-10 showdown….made key late first half FG to stretch lead in 37-3 road victory at then-#13 unbeaten Michigan Tech on October 25….earned USA Football Special Teams Player of the Week recognition…freshman move-in volunteer….reads to local elementary school students 

ANDREW BREES University of Minnesota Duluth – Division II 
Junior from West Allis, WI….2nd on the Bulldogs in scoring with 47 points from 10 of 14 FG’s, 15 of 16 PAT’s and one 2-point conversion…. scored 13 points in 43-30 win over Northern State on October 18….averaging 59 yards on 34 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 52 points from 12 of 15 FG’s, 16 of 16 PAT’s….scored 7 points in 35-31 loss against Villanova on October 18…. ranks 8th in school history with 30 career FG’s….averaging 64 yards on 36 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 65 points on 13 of 14 FG’s and 26 of 27 PAT’s…. scored 8 points in 26-14 win over Southern Illinois on October 18 including career-long 42-yard FG….averaging 62 yards on 49 kickoffs….helping to raise money for an area high school kicker who was injured in an ATV accident….volunteers at local elementary schools 

BRAD CORNISH Sacramento State University (California) – FCS 
Junior from Santee, CA….leads the team scoring with 68 points on 10 of 13 FG’s and 38 of 40 PAT’s…. scored 7 points n 43-38 win over Northern Colorado on October 11….averaging 64 yards on 42 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 

JOSH DEPP Georgetown College (Kentucky) – NAIA 
Sophomore from Springboro, OH….2nd on the team in scoring with 40 points from 3 of 4 FG’s and 31 of 31 PAT’s….scored 9 points in 27-10 win over Faulkner on October 4…averaging 53 yards on 39 kickoffs

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