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Saturday, August 1, 2015

Fred Mitchell Award 2015 Watch List, part 3

The annual Fred Mitchell Outstanding Place-Kicker Award announced its preseason watch list. The Award’s Selection Committee Chairman Chris Kearney said, “These place-kickers are impressive on the football field and off the field representing their schools, their football teams, their conferences, their communities, their families and themselves. We look forward to following their accomplishments during the next few months. Of the 41 kickers, 25 led their team in scoring last season and 13 finished second on their team in scoring so there is a lot of scoring power returning this season.” The Watch List includes place-kickers from more than 750 eligible colleges. Fred Mitchell said, “It is a pleasure to include these fine young men on the Watch List for this Award, which is celebrating its seventh year in 2015. We are delighted to recognize them based on outstanding performance in the community and expectations going into the 2015 college football season. It is also a thrill to see so many familiar names on the Watch List, including a record-high 22 nominees and six place-kickers that were among the top ten last season.” 

In alphabetical order, following is the final third of the 2015 Fred Mitchell Award Watch List: 

HOUSTON RAY Henderson State University (Arkansas) – Division II 
Sophomore from Owensboro, KY….2nd on the team in scoring with 106 points from 17 of 24 FG’s and 55 of 56 PAT’s….First Team All-GAC….two-time GAC Special Teams Player of the Week….set school and conference records by scoring 19 points against Northwestern Oklahoma…set school record with 4 FG’s in that game….made career-long 47-yard FG against Ouachita Baptist….made 40-yard FG and 9 of 10 PAT’s against Southern Nazarene….averaged 56 yards on 76 kickoffs….Reddie to Serve volunteer each semester to assist people in the local community….football team blood drive volunteer….reads to children at local elementary schools…helps clean-up local playgrounds 

HENRIQUE RIBEIRO University of Tennessee at Chattanooga - FCS 
Junior from Chattanooga, TN….led the team in scoring with 108 points from 16 of 22 FG’s and 60 of 62 PAT’s….native of Sao Paulo, Brazil who prepped at Chattanooga’s Baylor School….Preseason First Team All-SoCon….current streak of 43 consecutive PAT’s is 6 shy of school record…70% career FG’s is 4th best in school history…12 straight FG’s tied for 2nd in UTC and Conference history…set school record for the most PAT’s in a season with 60…108 points is 2nd in school history following 117 by Gene Roberts in 1946….Conference Special Teams Player of the Week after scoring 15 points at Western Carolina by making all 3 FG’s and all 6 PAT’s….career-long 47-yard FG at Central Michigan was the longest FG since Craig Camay’s 52-yard FG in 2009….Get in the Game Bone Marrow Registry drive volunteer 

ISAAC ROBINSON Frostburg State University (Maryland) – Division III 
Junior from Elkton, MD….led the team in scoring with 43 points from 6 of 12 FG’s, 19 of 21 PAT’s and one TD….ran for 20 yard TD in 24-19 win over Geneva…averaged 55 yards on 36 kickoffs 

ALDRICK ROSAS Southern Oregon University – NAIA 
Junior from Orland, CA….2nd on the NAIA National Champions in scoring with 118 points from 14 of 19 FG’s and 76 of 79 PAT’s….scored 12 points in 66-16 win over College of Idaho on October 25….averaged 62 yards on 105 kickoffs….volunteered with the football team at the Jackson County Fuel Commission wood-cut 

MICHAEL SCHMADEKE University of Northern Iowa - FCS 
Senior from Waterloo, IA….led the Panthers in scoring with 132 points from 27 of 29 FG’s and 51 of 53 PAT’s….First Team All-Conference….finished the regular season ranked 1st in the conference in kick scoring and FG’s made….set season scoring record in 2014….scored 14 points in 44-10 playoff win over Stephen F. Austin on November 29….scored 11 points in 23-3 win over then-#1 ranked North Dakota State on November 8 to snap the Bison longest winning streak in college football at any level….scored 8 points including career-long 49-yard FG in 27-13 win over Western Illinois on October 25….scored 9 points in 27-16 win over South Dakota on October 11….set school record with 20 points including making all 5 FG’s in 50-7 win over Tennessee Tech on September 27 and earned National Kicker of the Week honors…. averaged 62 yards on 90 kickoffs…UNI Dance Marathon volunteer to raise money and awareness for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals…avid Special Olympics volunteer throughout college….Country View Care Center volunteer 

TREVOR SMITH Davidson College (North Carolina) - FCS 
Sophomore from Tampa, FL….2nd on the team in scoring with 55 points from 9 of 13 FG’s and 28 of 29 PAT’s…. named 2015 Preseason All-American Honorable Mention by USA College Football….kicked game-tying 44-yard FG against Dayton to force OT at the end of regulation on October 4….volunteers with special needs children in the Best Buddies program….built oyster domes and cleaned-up beaches in the Tampa Bay area through Baywatch, a local organization for maintaining the waters of Tampa Bay 

DANIEL SOBOLEWSKI Albright College (Pennsylvania) – Division III 
Senior from Linden, NJ….led the team in scoring with 70 points from 15 of 21 FG’s and 25 of 29 PAT’s…. set school record with 52-yard FG against King’s on October 25…tied his own school record two weeks later when he connected on a 52-yard FG against Misericordia on November 8…tied the school record with five FG’s against Wilkes on November 1…5-7 on field goal attempts against Wilkes including a 48-yard kick and a 41-yard kick…tied the school record for kickers with 18 points against Wilkes…missed only one kick inside of 40 yards on the season…his pair of 52-yard kicks ranked 2nd in the nation…had an 80-yard touchback against King’s when the Lions kicked off following a Monarch safety…named First Team All-America by USA College Football…Third Team All-East Region by….Second Team All-ECAC South All-Start….First Team All-Middle Atlantic Conference as a kicker…named First Team All-Middle Atlantic Conference as a kicker…was named the Middle Atlantic Conference Special Teams Player of the Week on October 25 and November 1…named ECAC Southeast Special Teams Player of the Week twice…named to the Team of the Week and USA Football Place Kicker of the Week on November 1…averaged 58 yards on 52 kickoffs…Reading Boys and Girls Club volunteer….Albright youth football camp volunteer…participant in Reading Clean City Initiative in which volunteers cleaned-up sections of the city 

JESSE VERVELDE University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point – Division III 
Senior from Oostburg, WI….led the team in scoring with 58 points from 10 of 13 FG’s and 28 of 31 PAT’s….tied for Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference lead with 10 FG’s….Conference Special Teams Player of the Week after making four FG’s in win over #5 North Central College…averaged 60 yards on 49 kickoffs….Portage County Cultural Festival volunteer….helped not-for-profit Justiceworks move to a new location 

BRENT WAHLE Ohio Dominican University – Division II 
Senior from Pataskala, OH….led the team in scoring with 101 points from 19 of 24 FG’s and 44 of 44 PAT’s….first college kicker since 2011 to make two FG’s of 51 yards or longer in the same game….Lindy’s and The Sporting News 2015 pre-season All-American….AFCA, AP and 2014 All-American….First Team All-GLIAC two times…six career games with 3 or more FG’s with two games of 4 FG’s….also on school’s soccer team….participates in school’s community outreach programs such as volunteering at a local VA hospital, reading with elementary school students or participating in Make A Difference Day to clean-up the neighborhood 

LUCAS WAINMAN Augustana College (South Dakota) – Division II 
Junior from Oviedo, FL….led the team in scoring with 78 points from 12 of 19 FG’s and 42 of 47 PAT’s….Second Team All-NSIC South Division….Conference Special Teams Player of the Week….ranked 4th in the NSIC in kick scoring with 7.1 points per game…averaged 60 yards on 70 kickoffs…Habitat for Humanity volunteer…elementary mentor program volunteer 

WILLIAM WILL University of Dayton (Ohio) – FCS 
Junior from Mokena, IL….2nd on the team in scoring with 84 points from 14 of 19 FG’s, 36 of 38 PAT’s and one TD…. scored a scoop-and-score fumble recovery 26-yard TD on a kickoff at Marist on October 11 which became an ESPN and social media sensation….2nd in the Pioneer Football League and 12th in FCS in scoring….scored on three consecutive plays – the PAT that made it 21-14, the kickoff fumble recovery TD and the ensuing PAT….49-yard FG in the season opener was the longest by a Dayton kicker in 30 years….volunteers with the football team at Rebuilding Together where the team skips a spring practice weekend to rebuild/renovate community buildings and homes of people who cannot complete the work themselves…Christmas on Campus volunteer 

CALEB WINTER Southeastern University (Florida) - NAIA 
Sophomore from Dover, FL….24 points from 6 of 9 FG’s and 6 of 6 PAT’s…split kicking duties with an upperclassman…scored first points in program history with a 45-yard FG against then-#9 Faulkner….Special Teams Player of the Week three times….never played football before the 2014 season…nearly 75 hours of community service annually….youth sports volunteer…Lighthouse Ministries volunteer…Mudzilla 5K run volunteer….Mission Church construction volunteer and church community project volunteer 

PETER YODER University of Richmond (Virginia) – FCS 
Junior from Dallas, TX….led the Spiders in scoring with 93 points from 19 of 27 FG’s and 36 of 38 PAT’s….Second Team Preseason All-American by USA College Football…Second Team All-CAA…set school record with 19 FG’s made in a season…93 points in a season ranks 3rd in school history

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