The Fred Mitchell Award recognized 21 place-kickers for their excellence on the football field and in the community during the month of September.
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 is 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 each February at the National Football Foundation Chicago Metro Chapter Awards Ceremony at Halas Hall.
In alphabetical order, the second third of the honorees for September 2015 are:JONATHAN GONZALES Portland State University (Oregon) – FCS
Junior from Apple Valley, CA….leads the team in scoring with 23 points from 4 of 4 FG’s and 11 of 11 PAT’s….scored 10 points in 34-14 win over Idaho State on September 12…. only full-time kicker in school history to make all PAT’s in a season which he did in 2014 and is doing in 2015….53-yard FG against UC Davis last season tied for the 2nd longest in school history
ALEX HALLWACHS Washington University in St. Louis (Missouri) – Division III
Senior from Chagrin Falls, OH.….leads the team in scoring with 20 points from 2 of 3 FG’s and 14 of 14 PAT’s…. scored 9 points in 45-24 win over Carnegie Mellon on September 5….averaging 57 yards on 13 kickoffs….Koaches 4 Kids volunteer…President of the Mortar Board Honor Society….volunteered for 8 weeks to help young children in the inner city develop leadership, self-motivation and teamwork skills through soccer
SETH HIDDINK University of Central Oklahoma – Division II
Junior from Wylie, TX.….2nd on the team in scoring with 23 points from 5 of 6 FG’s and 8 of 10 PAT’s….scored 10 points against Northwest Missouri on September 26….entered the season having made 49 straight PAT’s which is tied for the longest streak in school history….173 career points is 13 points shy of breaking into the school’s all-time top 10…. volunteers at Reason to Believe Therapeutic Riding Center in Guthrie, OK which is an inner-city youth program that helps children learn trust, responsibility, patience and confidence by learning how to care for a ride a horse….Oakridge Equine Hospital volunteer helping with radiology, exams, surgery preparation and barn duties
CONNER HOLLABAUGH West Texas A&M University – Division II
Junior from Amarillo, TX….2nd on the team in scoring with 28 points from 4 of 6 FG’s and 16 of 16 PAT’s… scored 7 points in 31-30 win over then-#2 Colorado State-Pueblo on September 12….averaging 64 yards on 24 kickoffs….participated in Adopt a Highway with the football team for highway cleanup…worked numerous track meets helping with the discus in charting results…reads to elementary school children….talked to schools for FCA’s Field of Faith in Amarillo
NATE IVESON Ferris State University (Michigan) – Division II
Junior from Middleville, MI … 2nd on the Bulldogs in scoring with 26 points from 4 of 6 FG’s and 14 of 17 PAT’s …scored 13 points and made career-long 45-yard FG in 64-20 win over then-#14 Grand Valley State before more than 16,000 fans on September 19….scored 10 points in 40-3 win over Northwood on September 12…city-wide community cleanup volunteer….reads to local elementary school students…participated with football team to help freshmen move into residence halls…active with team welcoming a special needs child during Coaches To Cure MD program on September 26
REED JAMES Southwest Mississippi Community College - NJCAA
Sophomore from Madison, MS … 2nd on the team scoring with 27 points from 5 of 5 FG’s and 12 of 14 PAT’s …scored 7 points in 31-27 win over Pearl River on September 24….volunteer mentor to two elementary school students in Bridges of Madison County Big Brother Big Sister program….Madison Chamber of Commerce Junior Ambassador assisting area businesses and volunteering during city events…church youth group volunteer including participation in local missions…volunteered to give kicking lessons to youth in the Madison area to share his passion for kicking….volunteered to work with youth on the Mississippi Gulf Coast to share his passion for baseball
ALEXI JOHNSON Saint John’s University (Minnesota) – Division III
Junior from Shakopee, MN….2nd on the team in scoring with 24 points from 2 of 2 FG’s and 18 of 18 PAT’s….scored 6 points in 24-16 win over Concordia-Moorhead on September 16….averaging 52 yards on 18 kickoffs….4th in school history with 23 career FG’s and in top 10 with 84 PAT’s, all in just over two seasons…is in the process of raising money for various service-learning projects that he will participate in while he studies abroad in South Africa during Spring 2016…Feed My Starving Children volunteer both years in college…volunteer trainer and coach for Shakopee Soccer Association (U13, U10 and other levels)…volunteer kicking coach with Special Teams Football Academy throughout various camps…“Vote YES” campaign volunteer to help secure a referendum to build a new high school for the Shakopee school district where he went to school