The Fred Mitchell Award recognized 21 place-kickers for their excellence on the football field and in the community during the month of September.
A blue-ribbon Selection Committee evaluates place-kickers that are nominated by their schools. 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, Randy Helt, Michael Husted, Dan Jiggetts, Rick Kolaczewski, Connie Kowal, Greg Loberg, Tom Lynch, Carol Monroe, Jeff Michalczyk, Mark Murphy, Patrick Murray, Tom Obarski, Rob Perry, Michael Ritchey, Jeff Schebler, Caroline Schrenker, Bob Thomas, Wolfe Tone, Todd Wilkins, Gary Zauner and Rob Zvonar. There are 14 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), 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) and Obarski (with a record-setting career at Concordia – St. Paul including 44 career field goals).
In alphabetical order, the final third of the honorees for September 2015 are:AUSTIN JOHNSON Southern Illinois University - FCS
Junior from Bucyrus, KS….leads the Salukis in scoring with 25 points from 5 of 6 FG’s and 10 of 11 PAT’s….named MVC Special Teams Player of the Week after scoring 10 points in 34-13 win over Liberty on September 26…made career-long 46-yard FG’s in back-to-back weeks to start the season….has made last 5 FG’s…made game-tying 46-yard FG in last 5 minutes of game at Indiana on September 5….volunteered at local hospital in the Valiant Player program….autism awareness volunteer…solicited donations for the annual Souper Bowl of Caring campaign for local soup kitchens
CARTER McCAULEY Winona State University (Minnesota) – Division II
Sophomore from Owatonna, MN….leads the team in scoring with 33 points from 8 of 12 FG’s and 9 of 9 PAT’s…. NSIC Special Teams Player of the Week after scoring 12 points in 38-7 win over Minot State on September 12….set school record with 53-yard FG in the 2nd quarter against Minot State then broke that record in the 4th quarter with a 54-yard FG….averaging 63 yards on 22 kickoffs
MICHAEL METTER Linfield College (Oregon) – Division III
Junior from Portland, OR….tied for 1st on the team in scoring with 18 points from 2 of 3 FG’s and 12 of 12 PAT’s…. Linfield Mentoring Program volunteer….elementary school volunteer supervisor…volunteer assistant in the annual Linfield Luau stage production
HENRIQUE RIBEIRO University of Tennessee at Chattanooga - FCS
Junior from Chattanooga, TN….tied for 1st on the team in scoring with 24 points from 2 of 3 FG’s and 15 of 15 PAT’s….native of Sao Paulo, Brazil….current streak of 58 consecutive PAT’s is a school record….scored 7 points in 31-21 win over Samford on September 19….Get in the Game Bone Marrow Registry drive volunteer
ISAAC ROBINSON Frostburg State University (Maryland) – Division III
Junior from Elkton, MD….leads the team in scoring with 21 points from 3 of 4 FG’s and 12 of 12 PAT’s….ECAC South Region Special Teams Player of the Week and NJAC Special Teams Player of the Week after season-opening 52-21 win over Geneva with FG’s of 33 and 37 yards and making all 6 PAT’s…averaging 55 yards on 17 kickoffs….Beautify Frostburg volunteer including painting, mulching and gravel the park….Frostburg clean-up volunteer three times per year….Relay for MS volunteer….elementary reading program where he reads to students every Friday before home games….helps to feed four families for Thanksgiving….raises and donates money for breast cancer research and amputee foundation
DANIEL SOBOLEWSKI Albright College (Pennsylvania) – Division III
Senior from Linden, NJ….2nd on the team in scoring with 21 points from 4 of 4 FG’s and 9 of 9 PAT’s…. scored 6 points in 24-23 win over Salisbury on September 4….made the school’s longest-ever FG’s with two from 52 yards last season and has made both 50+ FG attempts this season….averaging 63 yards on 17 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
CALEB WINTER Southeastern University (Florida) - NAIA
Sophomore from Dover, FL….3rd on the team in scoring with 17 points from 1 of 2 FG’s and 14 of 16 PAT’s…set conference record for longest FG with 48-yard FG last season….scored first points in program history in 2014 with a 45-yard FG against then-#9 Faulkner….never played football before the 2014 season…nearly 75 hours of community service annually….youth sports volunteer…Lighthouse Ministries volunteer…Mission Church construction volunteer and church community project volunteer….traveled to Jordan for humanitarian/mission trip….spent 10 days running a kids sports camp