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Friday, November 1, 2013

Fred Mitchell Award October 2013 Recognizees, part 3

The Fred Mitchell Award recognized 35 place-kickers for their excellence on the football field and in the community during the month of October.

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, Sean Gothier, Teddy Greenstein, Michael Husted, Dan Jiggetts, Rick Kolaczewski, Connie Kowal, Greg Loberg, Tom Lynch, Patrick Murray, Carol Monroe, Jeff Michalczyk, Mark Murphy, Rob Perry, Michael Ritchey, Jeff Schebler, Caroline Schrenker, Jay Sebben, Bob Thomas, Wolfe Tone, Todd Wilkins, Gary Zauner and Rob Zvonar. There are 11 former college or NFL place-kickers on the Selection Committee, including Jeff Schebler (the inaugural Fred Mitchell Award recipient in 2009 and the highest-scoring place-kicker in NCAA history at any level), Tom Lynch (two-time recipient of the Award and the kicker on the 2011 NAIA National Champion Saint Xavier University Cougars) and Patrick Murray (2012 Fred Mitchell Award recipient and record-setting kicker from Fordham University where his 25 field goals was just one shy of the FCS record).

In alphabetical order, the final third of the honorees for October 2013 are:

ZEB MILLER University of North Dakota - FCS 
Senior from Ankeny, IA….leads the team in scoring with 41 points from 6 of 9 FG’s and 23 of 24 PAT’s….scored 4 points in 28-25 win over Idaho State on October 5….averaging 65 yards on 39 kickoffs…. Greater Grand Forks Youth Football League volunteer for each of the past four years….SAAC/Mortar Board Food Drive volunteer….volunteered at the Celebrating Cultures event at a local high school….participated in the football team’s annual Holiday Magic for Markus event….assisted at Feed My Starving Children event to help underprivileged in Grand Forks 

ANDREW MUZLJAKOVICH Olivet Nazarene University (Illinois) – NAIA 
Senior from Vicksburg, MI….leads the Tigers in scoring with 40 points from 9 of 13 FG’s and 13 f 13 PAT’s ...2012 Fred Mitchell Award Finalist….scored 8 points in 20-13 win over Lindenwood-Belleville on October 26 … averaging 63 yards on 31 kickoffs….Orphan Outreach volunteer including mission trip to Guatemala to help the children at orphanages celebrate Christmas….collected food door-to-door for a local food pantry….helped remodel a local home and improve the landscaping for the school’s Habitat for Humanity 

ZACH PULKINEN Bemidji State University (Minnesota) – Division II 
Senior from Minot, ND….2nd on the team in scoring with 27 points from 4 of 8 FG’s and 15 of 16 PAT’s…. scored 5 points against U-Mary on October 12….made career-long 40-yard FG against Winona State….averaging 60 yards on 31 kickoffs….Bemidji Elks Lodge volunteer 

RYAN SAMUELS Louisburg College (North Carolina) – NJCAA 
Sophomore from Fredricksburg, VA….has scored 37 points from 7 of 12 FG’s and 16 of 22 PAT’s….scored 5 points against Monroe College on October 5…. volunteer reader at Louisburg Middle School….Upwards Football Event participant 

TYLER SIEVERTSEN University of Northern Iowa – FCS 
 Senior from Cedar Rapids, IA….leads the Panthers in scoring with 75 points from 16 of 20 FG’s and 27 of 27 PAT’s….2012 Fred Mitchell Award Finalist….scored 11 points including season-long 50-yard FG in 24-23 loss to #1 North Dakota State on October 5….scored 14 points against South Dakota State on October 26 and tied his career-high with 4 FG’s….converted all 4 PAT’s against South Dakota on October 19 to break the school record of 101 consecutive PAT’s….107 of 107 career PAT’s…..averaging 62 yards on 49 kickoffs….Just Read program volunteer to connect UNI student-athletes with elementary school students….Special Olympics volunteer….Kickers in the Midwest mentor…high school football camp volunteer….Salvation Army bell ringer 

CONOR SMITH Carroll College (Montana) - NAIA 
Freshman from Spokane Valley, WA….2nd on the team in scoring with 47 points from 4 of 5 FG’s and 35 of 36 PAT’s….has three tackles on the season….Mental Health Awareness Walk setup volunteer….Habitat for Humanity cleanup volunteer 

DANIEL SOBOLEWSKI Albright College (Pennsylvania) – Division III 
Sophomore from Linden, NJ….2nd on the team in scoring with 48 points from 8 of 14 FG’s and 24 of 25 PAT’s….set school record with 51-yard FG against Stevenson on September 14….scored 6 points in 30-12 win over Wilkes on October 19….scored 12 points in 30-14 win over Kean University on September 7….named a BSN National Player of the Week, USA College Football National Special Teams Player of the Week and D3football.com Team of the Week after win over Kean….named Middle Atlantic Conference Special Teams Player of the Week after each of the team’s first two games of 2013….averaging 60 yards on 43 kickoffs…Reading Boys and Girls Club volunteer….Albright youth football camp volunteer 

STEFAN TERLECKYJ Wayne State University (Michigan) – Division II 
Senior from Warren, MI….leads the team in scoring with 39 points from 5 of 7 FG’s and 24 of 25 PAT’s….2012 Fred Mitchell Award Finalist….owns school record for the most kicking points (277) which is also 3rd in school history behind two running backs…became school’s career leader in FG’s made with 37-yard FG at Lake Erie on September 21….scored 7 points in 31-17 win over Northwood on October 5….owns school records for most career FG’s (38), career FG % (69%), career PAT’s (163), PAT’s in a season (70), kicking points in a season (106) and consecutive PAT’s made….shares school record for longest FG (51 yards)….averaging 61 yards on 25 kickoffs…helped sell merchandise for breast cancer awareness at a WSU women's basketball games ... collected small toiletry items to make basic needs bags for the Covenant House Michigan as part of the Wayne Cares program ... participated in United Way's Martin Luther King Day of Service by assisting the Motor City Blight Busters with a renovation project in metropolitan Detroit….math tutor….Motor City Makeover neighborhood clean-up 

GRIFFIN THOMAS Jacksonville State University (Alabama) - FCS 
Senior from Snellville, GA….leads the team in scoring with 80 points from 18 of 22 FG’s and 26 of 26 PAT’s…scored 10 points in 34-14 win over Tennessee Tech on October 26….scored school kicking record 16 points in 24-21 double OT win over North Alabama on September 14 including school record 5 FG’s in a game including career-high 51-yard FG becoming 3rd player in school history to make a 50+ yard FG….CFPA National Kicker of the Week and Ohio Valley Conference Co-Special Teams Player of the Week after win over North Alabama….made 25-yard FG as time expired to send game into OT against Murray State on September 28….averaging 61 yards on 50 kickoffs…Fellowship of Christian Athletes….Habitudes student leadership training volunteer….school tutor 

EMERSON UEBER University of Saint Francis (Indiana) - NAIA 
Senior from Fort Wayne, IN….2nd on the team in scoring with 48 points from 7 of 8 FG’s and 27 of 27 PAT’s…scored 13 points in 37-28 win over then-#20 University of St. Francis of Illinois on October 19….weekly volunteer at Fort Wayne Community Food Bank 

BOBBY WENZIG Alabama State University – FCS 
Senior from San Diego, CA….2nd on the team in scoring with50 points from 8 of 13 FG’s and 26 of 26 PAT’s…7 of & PAT’s in two games this season….scored 4 points in 34-2 win over Texas Southern on October 5….averaging 61 yards on 39 kickoffs….Walter Payton Achievement Award….Army Strong Achievement Award…Hornets Elementary School reading program volunteer….active in supporting Multiple Dystrophy research via former NFL punter Darren Bennett whose son has MD….campus beatification projects volunteer

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Fred Mitchell Award October 2013 Recognizees, part 2

The Fred Mitchell Award recognized 35 place-kickers for their excellence on the football field and in the community during the month of October.

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 October 2013 are:

CURT DUNCAN Carson-Newman (Tennessee) – Division II 
Senior from Morristown, TN….2nd on the team in scoring with 71 points from 11 of 17 FG’s and 38 of 41 PAT’s…scored 13 points in 43-27 win over Mars Hill on October 5…Fred Mitchell Award Finalist in top 10….54-yard FG against Tusculum in 2012 was the longest in school history…. AFCA Good Works Team selection….volunteer coach and referee for youth basketball and soccer….intern at Manley Baptist Church Student Ministry….serves at local missions projects each summer such as Appalachian Outreach and Food on Foot….volunteers at Luke 14 weekend for people with disabilities….Fellowship of Christian Athletes…Student-Athlete Advisory Committee 

DANNY FISHER Bloomsburg University (Pennsylvania) – Division II 
Senior from Liverpool, PA….2nd on the 6th ranked Huskies in scoring with 69 points from 8 of 10 FG’s and 45 of 45 PAT’s…. scored 10 points in 52-38 win over East Stroudsburg on October 19….set the PSAC record with 51 career FG’s during 31-12 win over Kutztown on September 21 breaking a record that was set in 1992….set PSAC record for most career kicking points by scoring 11 points in 47-35 win at Edinboro on September 14 and currently has 338 career points….organized Kick for a Cure campaign to support the Angelman Syndrome Foundation to raise awareness and funds to cure a genetic disease that a close family friend has….surpassed $2,500 fundraising goal for the season in just the first month of the season with nearly $4,000 raised in Kick for a Cure….helped renew a local town park as part of the Big Event community service program… Habitat for Humanity volunteer…Ronald McDonald House volunteer 

JOHN GAY Harding University (Arkansas) – Division II 
Junior from Jonesboro, AR….leads the team in scoring with 50 points from 4 of 5 FG’s and 38 of 42 PAT’s….scored 12 points against Henderson State on October 26….Walk for the Cure cancer walk volunteer including selling food to raise funds….wrote thank you notes to Harding donors in the annual Say Thanks Day and Highlighter Run….washed windows and cars for the elderly with the football team 

TANNER HUBBARD Dakota State University (South Dakota) – NAIA 
Freshman from Aurora, CO….3rd on the team in scoring with 28 points from 2 of 2 FG’s and 22 of 26 PAT’s….scored 7 points in 31-28 win over Jamestown on October 12….volunteers at the ECCO in Madison to help disabled people for two hours weekly….ROTC cleanup volunteer in Brookings 

AUSTIN KANTOLA Ferris State University (Michigan) – Division II 
Senior from Ravenna, MI….2nd on the Bulldogs in scoring with 57 points from 6 of 8 FG’s and 39 of 41 PAT’s….scored 12 points in 54-44 win over Grand Valley State on October 12….scored 6 points in 30-27 win over Michigan Tech on October 26….ranks among the school’s top 10 in career FG’s….averaging 59 yards on 55 kickoffs….actively involved in the football team’s civic events including reading to children, assisting with on-campus move-in and more 

TYLER KECK Trine University (Indiana) – Division III 
Senior from Elkhart, IN….leads the Thunder in scoring with 58 points from 14 of 18 FG’s and 16 of 16 PAT’s….scored 7 points in October 5 games against Kalamazoo…leads Division III in FG’s made this season….averaging 51 yards on 38 kickoffs….Angola Education Opportunity Center volunteer….local golf course clean-up volunteer….YMCA flag football coach 

ADAM KELLER North Dakota State University – FCS 
Junior from Lewisberry, PA….leads the #1 ranked Bison in scoring with 53 points from 5 of 6 FG’s and 38 of 40 PAT’s….scored 6 points in 24-23 win over then #4 Northern Iowa on October 5….2012 Fred Mitchell Award Finalist…. volunteer coach for Tri-City seventh grade soccer team…Rosewood Nursing Home volunteer…middle school tutor to special needs students….Special Olympics volunteer….volunteered at Athletic Department’s Halloween party 

ERIC KINDLER University of Wisconsin-Whitewater – Division III 
 Senior from Germantown, WI….leads the Warhawks in scoring with 68 points from 10 of 14 FG’s and 38 of 38 PAT’s….scored 13 points in 55-13 win over Wisconsin-Stout on October 12….averaging 58 yards on 12 kickoffs….volunteers at fish fry fundraisers for the United States Fistball Association 

KEN KYSOR Juniata College (Pennsylvania) – Division III 
Senior from Port Allegany, PA….leads the team in scoring with 39 points from 6 of 9 FG’s and 21 of 22 PAT’s….became starting kicker this season….scored career-high 13 points in 37-14 win over Dickinson on September 14….averaging 60 yards on kickoffs….volunteers twice per month at the Port Allegany Senior Center….delivers Meals on Wheels to local senior citizens….Juniata College Quick Response Service team which responds to campus medical emergencies and presence at events such as Special Olympics….Port Allegany Fire Department volunteer as Emergency Medical Technician…Vice President for Big Brothers Big Sisters Juniata College Chapter 

DYLAN LYNCH Jacksonville University (Florida) – FCS 
Senior from Jacksonville, FL….leads the team in scoring with 74 points from 10 of 16 FG’s and 44 of 44 PAT’s… has made 47 straight PATs dating back to 2012 … scored 10 points in 52-45 win over Campbell on October 19….set school record by scoring 15 points in a game, doing so twice in September….owns JU record for career FG’s (24) … spent five weeks this summer working a camp in Ocala, FL run by the Young Life Christian Association for middle school high school and special needs children … volunteered at a Lifeguards Without Borders Water Safety Camp run by the American Red Cross and the Police Athletic League of Jacksonville at a Jacksonville Beach event that taught ocean safety and how to surf for at risk children from the Community Connections Summer Camp … participated in youth football clinics held at JU 

JOHN MACOMBER College of the Holy Cross (Massachusetts) – FCS 
Senior from Vienna, VA….leads the team in scoring with 49 points from 6 of 9 FG’s and 31 of 34 PAT’s….scored 9 points in 51-27 win over Bucknell on October 12….averaging 61 yards on 43 kickoffs….Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts volunteer….Holy Cross Cares Day participant….Best Buddies Program volunteer 

RICKY MARTENEY University of Wisconsin-Stout – Division III 
Senior from Greenfield, WI….leads the team in scoring with 46 points from 11 of 12 FG’s and 13 of 13 PAT’s….scored 14 points against UW-Oshkosh on October 5….2nd on career scoring list with 207 points which trails 2000-2003 running back Luke Bundgaard by 33 points….holds school records for most career FG’s (46) and most PAT’s in a game (9 of 9 against Eureka College in 2010)….averaging 60 yards on 30 kickoffs

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Fred Mitchell Award October 2013 Recognizees, part 1

The Fred Mitchell Award recognized 35 place-kickers for their excellence on the football field and in the community during the month of October. "October was a terrific month for place-kickers. There were notable game-winning field goals and records, including a record-tying 62-yard FG by a freshman kicker in California. Heading into the last month of the regular season, we are delighted to recognize these place-kickers that were nominated by their schools for extraordinary performance," said Fred Mitchell. The Award’s Selection Committee Chairman Chris Kearney added, "These place-kickers had a wonderful month on the football field. Their community service accomplishments are also impressive. It is a thrill to salute this group of fine student-athletes from diverse geographies, divisions and experience levels." 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 35 place-kickers is as follows:
  • Collegiate Division – 11 FCS, 9 Division II, 8 Division III, 6 NAIA and 1 NJCAA
  • State – the place-kickers play at schools located in 20 different states
  • Year – 23 Seniors, 5 Juniors, 3 Sophomores, 4 Freshmen 
In alphabetical order, the first third of the Fred Mitchell Award honorees for October 2013 are:

NICK AUSSIEKER Illinois State University – FCS 
Junior from Wildwood, MO….2nd on the team in scoring with 46 points from 5 of 6 FG’s and 31 of 31 PAT’s…2012 Fred Mitchell Award Finalist….scored 13 points in 55-14 win over Indiana State on October 19….averaging 56 yards on 42 kickoffs….volunteers with the football team at Special Olympics….volunteered with coaches and teammates by digging trenches for the Humane Society of Central Illinois 

MATTHEW AVEN Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (California) – Division III 
Freshman from Bellaire, TX….leads the team in scoring with 31 points from 8 of 12 FG’s and 7 of 12 PAT’s…tied Division III record with 62-yard FG on October 19 against Cal Lutheran….also made 50-yard FG against Cal Lutheran….named SCIAC Male Athlete of the Week and selected to the D3football.com Team of the Week following Cal Lutheran game….scored 13 points in 49-46 OT win over Whittier on October 26 including game-winning 33-yard FG….made game-winning 36-yard FG in OT to beat Lewis & Clark on September 14….made 53-yard FG against Rhodes on September 21….two week mission trip in Honduras at Mission Lazerus….Impact Church Reading Program volunteer….Service Project with Amigos for Christ in Nicaragua….monthly volunteer at Loaves and Fishes soup kitchen for four years 

BEAU BAKER Cumberland University (Tennessee) – NAIA 
Senior from Mt. Juliet, TN….2nd on the team in scoring with 50 points from 8 of 8 FGs and 26 of 26 PATs….scored 7 points in 49-42 OT win against Pikeville on October 5…scored 9 points in 45-43 win over Union College on October 12….Worship Without Walls volunteer where he cleaned, organized and painted rooms at the Mt. Juliet Senior Citizens Center….Relay for Life fundraiser team co-captain….Sherry’s Run cancer research event volunteer as part of the football team’s clean-up efforts….Field Day volunteer with the football team at Sam Houston Elementary School 

MICHAEL BARON Bentley University (Massachusetts) – Division II 
Sophomore from Medfield, MA….2nd on the team in scoring with 46 points from 7 of 10 FGs and 25 of 26 PATs….never attempted a FG or PAT before this season….2nd in Northeast-10 in FG’s made and FG % and tied for 1st in PAT %....scored 14 points in 32-27 win over Saint Anselm on October 5….tied school record with 4 FG’s against Saint Anselm….was 8 of 8 in PAT’s the following week….Bentley Day of Service volunteer where he helped clean streets, rake leaves, clean a community center and play sports with children in a low income neighborhood 

CAMERON BERRA Eastern Illinois University – FCS 
Senior from St. Louis, MO….2nd on the Panthers in scoring with 50 points from 3 of 8 FGs and 41 of 50 PATs….one of 45 FCS players to be named as semifinalists for the National Football Foundation William V. Campbell Trophy which recognizes the best student-athlete in the nation….scored 7 points in 63-7 win over Austin Peay on October 10….scored 7 points in 55-33 win over Southeast Missouri on October 19….school career leader in FG % and third all-time in PAT’s made (136)….named an FCS ADA All-Star….member of school’s baseball team for the last three seasons and hit over .300 last season….Habitat for Humanity volunteer in the Coles County community….youth baseball camp coach in his hometown 

SAM BROCKSHUS Minnesota State University – Division II 
Senior from Spencer, IA….leads the #1-ranked Mavericks in scoring with 70 points from 11 of 14 FG’s and 37 of 38 PAT’s….scored 13 points in 27-7win over Concordia-St. Paul on October 5….2012 Fred Mitchell Award Finalist in top 10…. career leading scorer with 327 points….owns school record for most career FG’s (49), PAT’s (180) and single-season PAT’s (58)…. averaging 59 yards on 57 kickoffs….member of school and NSIC Student-Athlete Advisory Committee….raised funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation….volunteers at youth and varsity football camps in his hometown….Fellowship of Christian Athletes….Kids Against Hunger volunteer….People and Christ Together food drive volunteer 

JAROD BROWN Old Dominion University (Virginia) - FCS 
Senior from Yorktown, VA….leads the team in scoring with 67 points from 9 of 15 FG’s and 40 of 41 PAT’s….set school record by making a 52-yard FG in 59-58 win over The Citadel on September 21 and broke the record on October 19 at FCS Pittsburgh with a 54-yard FG….scored 9 points in 27-24 win at Norfolk State on October 26….had streak of 94 straight PAT’s snapped on September 21….set FCS record with 73 straight PAT’s made in a season….averaging 64 yards on 53 kickoffs….Special Olympics volunteer in event that is held each season….Bone Marrow Drive volunteer 

JEREMIAH CARTER Trinity International University (Illinois) – NAIA 
Freshman from Irving, CA….2nd on the team in scoring with 51 points from 9 of 13 FG’s and 24 of 28 PAT’s….scored 8 points in 20-17 win over Olivet Nazarene on October 5….averaging 55 yards on 45 kickoffs….Special Olympics volunteer….volunteers at Challenger Classic baseball for special needs children….church Children’s Ministry volunteer for past six years….Vacation Bible School volunteer for past five years….Feed the Homeless volunteer….Walk to Cure Duchenne Disease participant….Junior Olympics and Irvine Junior Games volunteer 

SERGIO CASTILLO West Texas A&M University – Division II 
Senior from La Joya, TX….leads the Buffs in scoring with 96 points from 15 of 16 FG’s and 51 of 52 PAT’s…. scored 18 points in 90-57 win over McMurry on October 26….set school and conference record by making 12 PATs against McMurry breaking previous record of 11….scored 8 points in 34-30 win over Angelo State on October 19 including season-long 47-yard FG....scored 11 points in 72-0 win over Central State on October 5…..owns school records for most FG’s in a season (20), career FG’s (53) and consecutive PAT’s made (64)….225 of 229 career PAT’s and 53 of 65 career FG’s…ranks 1st in school history with 384 points….broke the school record for career scoring on September 28 when he reached 343 points….broke the Conference scoring record of 339 that was set in 2008 and the Conference career PAT record of 213…. weekly volunteer in Students in Free Enterprise to assist troubled youth with math, life lessons, college planning and job interviews…Step Up to Success volunteer speaker in Amarillo to counsel high school and middle school students….Toys for Juarez volunteer to collect toys in Amarillo and distribute them to children in Juarez, Mexico…Fellowship of Christian Athletes…Huddle Leader and member of the football team’s Bible study 

JOEY CEJUDO Youngstown State University (Ohio) – FCS 
Junior from Chino Hills, CA …2nd on the team in scoring with 57 points from 5 of 5 FG’s and 42 of 42 PAT’s….scored 8 points in 24-14 win over Western Illinois on October 19….made game-winning kick with 1:50 remaining in the game to beat Southern Illinois 28-27 

SAM COTE Wheaton College (Illinois) – Division III 
Junior from Wheaton, IL …2nd on the team in scoring with 53 points from 7 of 9 FG’s and 32 of 33 PAT’s….scored 6 points in 24-15 win over Augustana on October 5….CCIW Special Teams Player of the Week after 28-3 win over Elmhurst on October 19…..made 53-yard FG as time expired in the first half on October 26 against Illinois Wesleyan….averaging 56 yards on 24 kickoffs….made two mission trips through the Wheaton Football Ministry Partnership….served in ministry with FCA as an intern for the past three summers including leading a Summer Bible Study and leading a Speed Training Camp for six weeks….led the FCA mission trips for the past three years….campus representative for Compassion International….Chicago Hope Academy volunteer….leading ministry with Lead 222 by working with their student ministries conference in Germany 

ZACK CZAP Lycoming College (Pennsylvania) – Division III 
Senior from Philipsburg, PA … 2nd on the Warriors in scoring with 31 points from 5 of 7 FG’s and 16 of 19 PAT’s… scored 8 points in 20-17 win over Albright on October 26….named Conference Special Teams Player of the Week after win over Albright after kicking game-tying 35-yard FG and game-winning 29-yard FG in OT win over Albright….averaging 53 years on 13 kickoffs….participated in Favors Forward Spring Cleaning…helped with flood cleanup along the Loyalsock Creek with the football team … participated in the Student Senate of Lycoming College's haunted house.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Fred Mitchell Award September 2013 Recognizees, part 3

The Fred Mitchell Award recognized 26 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, Sean Gothier, Teddy Greenstein, Michael Husted, Dan Jiggetts, Rick Kolaczewski, Connie Kowal, Greg Loberg, Tom Lynch, Patrick Murray, Carol Monroe, Jeff Michalczyk, Mark Murphy, Rob Perry, Michael Ritchey, Jeff Schebler, Caroline Schrenker, Jay Sebben, Bob Thomas, Wolfe Tone, Todd Wilkins, Gary Zauner and Rob Zvonar. There are 11 former college or NFL place-kickers on the Selection Committee, including Jeff Schebler (the inaugural Fred Mitchell Award recipient in 2009 and the highest-scoring place-kicker in NCAA history at any level), Tom Lynch (two-time recipient of the Award and the kicker on the 2011 NAIA National Champion Saint Xavier University Cougars) and Patrick Murray (2012 Fred Mitchell Award recipient and record-setting kicker from Fordham University where his 25 field goals was just one shy of the FCS record).

In alphabetical order, the final third of the honorees for September 2013 are:

ANDREW MUZLJAKOVICH Olivet Nazarene University (Illinois) – NAIA 
Senior from Vicksburg, MI….leads the Tigers in scoring with 15 points from 3 of 4 FG’s and 6 f 6 PAT’s ...2012 Fred Mitchell Award Finalist….connected on a career-long 49-yard FG against St. Francis of Illinois on September 7 where he scored 8 points … averaging 64 yards on 14 kickoffs….Orphan Outreach volunteer including mission trip to Guatemala to help the children at orphanages celebrate Christmas….collected food door-to-door for a local food pantry….helped remodel a local home and improve the landscaping for the school’s Habitat for Humanity 

MIKE PHILLIPS McPherson College (Kansas) – NAIA 
Senior from Spring Branch, TX….leads the team in scoring with 37 points from 7 of 8 FG’s and 16 of 17 PAT’s…. scored 5 points in 23-17 win over Kansas Wesleyan on September 28….scored 14 points in 51-31 win over Bethel (Kansas) on September 21….named NAIA Special Teams Player of the Week after win over Bethel….averaging 59 yards on 28 kickoffs 

ZACH PULKINEN Bemidji State University (Minnesota) – Division II 
Senior from Minot, ND….2nd on the team in scoring with 17 points from 3 of 4 FG’s and 8 of 9 PAT’s…. scored 10 points in 34-27 win over Winona State on September 5….made career-long 40-yard FG against Winona State….averaging 62 yards on 18 kickoffs….Bemidji Elks Lodge volunteer 

RYAN SAMUELS Louisburg College (North Carolina) – NJCAA 
Sophomore from Fredricksburg, VA….has scored 29 points from 5 of 8 FG’s and 14 of 17 PAT’s….scored 4 points in 24-17 win over Dean College on September 28…. volunteer reader at Louisburg Middle School….Upwards Football Event participant 

TYLER SIEVERTSEN University of Northern Iowa – FCS 
Senior from Cedar Rapids, IA….2nd on the top 5 ranked Panthers in scoring with 38 points from 7 of 9 FG’s and 17 of 17 PAT’s….2012 Fred Mitchell Award Finalist….scored 11 points in 41-6 win over then-#9 McNeese State on September 28….scored 14 points in 26-7 win over Northern Colorado on September 21….scored 4 points in 28-20 win over FBS Iowa State on August 31….averaging 61 yards on 28 kickoffs….Just Read program volunteer to connect UNI student-athletes with elementary school students….Special Olympics volunteer….Kickers in the Midwest mentor…high school football camp volunteer….Salvation Army bell ringer 

DANIEL SOBOLEWSKI Albright College (Pennsylvania) – Division III 
Sophomore from Linden, NJ….2nd on the team in scoring with 27 points from 5 of 9 FG’s and 12 of 13 PAT’s….set school record with 51-yard FG against Stevenson on September 14….scored 12 points in 30-14 win over Kean University on September 7….named a BSN National Player of the Week, USA College Football National Special Teams Player of the Week and D3football.com Team of the Week after win over Kean….named Middle Atlantic Conference Special Teams Player of the Week after each of the team’s first two games of 2013….averaging 60 yards on 23 kickoffs…Reading Boys and Girls Club volunteer….Albright youth football camp volunteer 

STEFAN TERLECKYJ Wayne State University (Michigan) – Division II 
Senior from Warren, MI….2nd on the team in scoring with 21 points from 2 of 3 FG’s and 15 of 15 PAT’s….2012 Fred Mitchell Award Finalist….owns school record for the most kicking points (259) which is also 3rd in school history behind two running backs…became school’s career leader in FG’s made with 37-yard FG at Lake Erie on September 21….scored 8 points in 38-27 win over Malone on September 28….owns school records for most career FG’s (35), career FG % (68.6%), career PAT’s (154), PAT’s in a season (70), kicking points in a season (106) and consecutive PAT’s made (has made last 61 PAT’s)….shares school record for longest FG (51 yards)….has made 9 of last 11 FG’s dating to 2012….averaging 60 yards on 13 kickoffs…helped sell merchandise for breast cancer awareness at a WSU women's basketball games ... collected small toiletry items to make basic needs bags for the Covenant House Michigan as part of the Wayne Cares program ... participated in United Way's Martin Luther King Day of Service by assisting the Motor City Blight Busters with a renovation project in metropolitan Detroit….math tutor….Motor City Makeover neighborhood clean-up 

GRIFFIN THOMAS Jacksonville State University (Alabama) - FCS 
Senior from Snellville, GA….leads the team in scoring with 52 points from 12 of 16 FG’s and 16 of 16 PAT’s…leads FCS and the Ohio Valley Conference in FG’s made this season (12)….scored school kicking record 16 points in 24-21 double OT win over North Alabama on September 14 including school record 5 FG’s in a game including career-high 51-yard FG becoming 3rd player in school history to make a 50+ yard FG….set three school records during September….CFPA National Kicker of the Week and Ohio Valley Conference Co-Special Teams Player of the Week after win over North Alabama….scored 6 points in 24-22 win over Alabama State on August 31….scored 8 points in 32-26 win over Georgia State on September 21….made 25-yard FG as time expired to send game into OT against Murray State on September 28….averaging 62 yards on 31 kickoffs…Fellowship of Christian Athletes….Habitudes student leadership training volunteer….school tutor 

BOBBY WENZIG Alabama State University – FCS 
Senior from San Diego, CA….2nd on the team in scoring with 42 points from 7 of 10 FG’s and 21 of 21 PAT’s…7 of & PAT’s in two games this season….scored 10 points in 52-21 win over Grambling State on September 21….Walter Payton Achievement Award….Army Strong Achievement Award…Hornets Elementary School reading program volunteer….active in supporting Multiple Dystrophy research via former NFL punter Darren Bennett whose son has MD….campus beatification projects volunteer

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Fred Mitchell Award September 2013 Recognizees, part 2

The Fred Mitchell Award recognized 26 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 2013 are:

ZACH CZAP Lycoming College (Pennsylvania) – Division III 
Senior from Philipsburg, PA … 3rd on the Warriors in scoring with 21 points from 3 of 3 FG’s and 12 of 13 PAT’s… scored 10 points in 16-14 win over then-#24 Widener on September 28….named Conference Special Teams Player of the Week after win over Widener….averaging 53 years on 11 kickoffs….participated in Favors Forward Spring Cleaning…helped with flood cleanup along the Loyalsock Creek with the football team … participated in the Student Senate of Lycoming College's haunted house. 

CURT DUNCAN Carson-Newman (Tennessee) – Division II 
Senior from Morristown, TN….2nd on the team in scoring with 31 points from 5 of 9 FG’s and 16 of 18 PAT’s…scored 9 points including game-winning 38-yard FG in 27-24 win over Colorado Mines on September 14….Conference Special Teams Player of the Week after game against Colorado Mines….2012 Fred Mitchell Award Finalist in top 10….54-yard FG against Tusculum in 2012 was the longest in school history…. volunteer coach and referee for youth basketball and soccer….intern at Manley Baptist Church Student Ministry….serves at local missions projects each summer such as Appalachian Outreach and Food on Foot….volunteers at Luke 14 weekend for people with disabilities….Fellowship of Christian Athletes…Student-Athlete Advisory Committee 

DANNY FISHER Bloomsburg University (Pennsylvania) – Division II 
Senior from Liverpool, PA….2nd on the Huskies in scoring with 37 points from 5 of 6 FG’s and 22 of 22 PAT’s…. set the PSAC record with 51 career FG’s during 31-12 win over Kutztown on September 21 breaking a record that was set in 1992….set PSAC record for most career kicking points by scoring 11 points in 47-35 win at Edinboro on September 14 and currently has 306 career points….scored 11 points in season-opening 41-13 win over Stonehill….organized Kick for a Cure campaign to support the Angelman Syndrome Foundation to raise awareness and funds to cure a genetic disease that a close family friend has….surpassed $2,500 fundraising goal for the season in just the first month of the season with nearly $4,000 raised in Kick for a Cure….helped renew a local town park as part of the Big Event community service program… Habitat for Humanity volunteer…Ronald McDonald House volunteer 

JOHN GAY Harding University (Arkansas) – Division II 
Junior from Jonesboro, AR….2nd on the team in scoring with 23 points from 1 of 2 FG’s and 20 of 22 PAT’s….scored 9 points in 69-0 win over Northwestern Oklahoma on September 14….averaged 52 yards on 10 kickoffs….Walk for the Cure cancer walk volunteer including selling food to raise funds….wrote thank you notes to Harding donors in the annual Say Thanks Day and Highlighter Run….washed windows and cars for the elderly with the football team 

ADAM KELLER North Dakota State University – FCS 
Junior from Lewisberry, PA….3rd on the #1 ranked Bison in scoring with 19 points from 1 of 2 FG’s and 18 of 20 PAT’s….scored 6 points in 24-21 win over FBS Kansas State on August 30….scored 5 points in 51-0 win over Delaware State on September 21 game attended by ESPN Game Day….2012 Fred Mitchell Award Finalist…. volunteer coach for Tri-City seventh grade soccer team…Rosewood Nursing Home volunteer…middle school tutor to special needs students….Special Olympics volunteer….volunteered at Athletic Department’s Halloween party 

ERIC KINDLER University of Wisconsin-Whitewater – Division III 
Senior from Germantown, WI….leads the Warhawks in scoring with 35 points from 6 of 6 FG’s and 17 of 17 PAT’s….scored 17 points in 65-0 win over Waldorf College on September 28….averaging 59 yards on 8 kickoffs….volunteers at fish fry fundraisers for the United States Fistball Association 

DYLAN LYNCH Jacksonville University (Florida) – FCS 
Senior from Jacksonville, FL….leads the team in scoring with 51 points from 8 of 11 FG’s and 27 of 27 PAT’s…leads the Pioneer Football League and ranks 18th in the nation in scoring…. ranks 2nd in the nation with 27 PATs … has not missed a kick inside 50 yards this season … has made 30 straight PATs dating back to 2012 … set school record with 15 points in a 69-19 win over Morehead on September 14 … matched his 15 point performance a week later against Warner on September 21… owns JU record for career FG’s (22) … named the Sports Network National Special Teams Player of the Week on September 23 … named the PFL Special Teams Player of the Week twice this season on September 22 and September 29 … spent five weeks this summer working a camp in Ocala, FL run by the Young Life Christian Association for middle school high school and special needs children … volunteered at a Lifeguards Without Borders Water Safety Camp run by the American Red Cross and the Police Athletic League of Jacksonville at a Jacksonville Beach event that taught ocean safety and how to surf for at risk children from the Community Connections Summer Camp … participated in youth football clinics held at JU 

JOHN MACOMBER College of the Holy Cross (Massachusetts) – FCS 
Senior from Vienna, VA….tied for 1st on the team in scoring with 24 points from 3 of 4 FG’s and 15 of 16 PAT’s….scored 7 points in 31-28 win over Dartmouth on September 28….scored 10 points in 52-21 win over Central Connecticut on September 14 ….averaging 62 yards on 22 kickoffs….Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts volunteer….Holy Cross Cares Day participant….Best Buddies Program volunteer 

ZEB MILLER University of North Dakota - FCS 
Senior from Ankeny, IA….leads the team in scoring with 26 points from 3 of 5 FG’s and 17 of 18 PAT’s….scored 15 points in 69-10 win over Valparaiso on August 29….averaging 65 yards on 25 kickoffs…. Greater Grand Forks Youth Football League volunteer for each of the past four years….SAAC/Mortar Board Food Drive volunteer….volunteered at the Celebrating Cultures event at a local high school….participated in the football team’s annual Holiday Magic for Markus event….assisted at Feed My Starving Children event to help underprivileged in Grand Forks

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Fred Mitchell Award September 2013 Recognizees, part 1

The Fred Mitchell Award recognized 26 place-kickers for their excellence on the football field and in the community during the month of September. “The first month of the 2013 college football season had quite a few college football 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, “The place-kickers we recognize are having tremendous success on the gridiron so far this season. In addition, their civic and volunteer activities are having a profound and 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 26 place-kickers is as follows:
  • Collegiate Division – 10 FCS, 7 Division II, 4 Division III, 4 NAIA and 1 NJCAA
  • State – the place-kickers play at schools located in 17 different states
  • Year – 18 Seniors, 5 Juniors, 2 Sophomores, 1 Freshmen 
In alphabetical order, the first third of the Fred Mitchell Award honorees for September 2013 are:

NICK AUSSIEKER Illinois State University – FCS 
Junior from Wildwood, MO….2nd on the team in scoring with 21 points from 3 of 4 FG’s and 12 of 12 PAT’s…2012 Fred Mitchell Award Finalist….scored 7 points in 31-17 win over 3-0 Abilene Christian on September 21….averaging 59 yards on 17 kickoffs….volunteers with the football team at Special Olympics….volunteered with coaches and teammates by digging trenches for the Humane Society of Central Illinois 

BEAU BAKER Cumberland University (Tennessee) – NAIA 
Senior from Mt. Juliet, TN….2nd on the team in scoring with 28 points on 6 of 6 FGs and 10 of 10 PATs….scored 15 points in 41-31 win against Belhaven on September 21…Worship Without Walls volunteer where he cleaned, organized and painted rooms at the Mt. Juliet Senior Citizens Center….Relay for Life fundraiser team co-captain….Sherry’s Run cancer research event volunteer 

SAM BROCKSHUS Minnesota State University – Division II 
Senior from Spencer, IA….leads the Mavericks in scoring with 31 points from 3 of 6 FG’s and 22 of 22 PAT’s….scored 10 points in 34-21win over U-Mary on September 7….2012 Fred Mitchell Award Finalist in top 10…. career leading scorer with 288 career points….owns school record for most career FG’s (41), PAT’s (165) and single-season PAT’s (58)…. averaging 59 yards on 29 kickoffs….member of MSU’a and NSIC’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee….raised funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation….volunteers at youth and varsity football camps in his hometown….Fellowship of Christian Athletes….Kids Against Hunger volunteer….People and Christ Together food drive volunteer 

JAROD BROWN Old Dominion University (Virginia) - FCS 
Senior from Yorktown, VA….leads the team in scoring with 49 points from 6 of 6 FG’s and 31 of 32 PAT’s….set school record by making a 52-yard FG in 59-58 win over The Citadel on September 21….converted two onside kicks and scored 9 points against The Citadel…had streak of 94 straight PAT’s snapped on September 21….set FCS record with 73 straight PAT’s made in a season….averaging 64 yards on 40 kickoffs….Special Olympics volunteer in event that is held each season….Bone Marrow Drive volunteer 

JEREMIAH CARTER Trinity International University (Illinois) – NAIA 
Freshman from Irving, CA….2nd on the team in scoring with 32 points from 5 of 5 FG’s and 17 of 20 PAT’s….scored 12 points in 48-0 win over Trinity Bible College on August 31 including 44-yard FG….averaging 57 yards on 29 kickoffs….Special Olympics volunteer….volunteers at Challenger Classic baseball for special needs children….church Children’s Ministry volunteer for past six years….Vacation Bible School volunteer for past five years….Feed the Homeless volunteer….Walk to Cure Duchenne’s Disease participant….Junior Olympics and Irvine Junior Games volunteer 

SERGIO CASTILLO West Texas A&M University – Division II 
Senior from La Joya, TX….leads the Buffs in scoring with 55 points from 10 of 10 FG’s and 25 of 25 PAT’s…. scored 14 points including game-winning FG with 49 seconds remaining in game in 34-31 win over then-#18 Chadron State on September 12 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX…..tied school record with 4 FG’s in the game against Chadron State….scored 14 points in 62-28 win over Texas A&M-Commerce on September 21 and earned Conference Special Teams Player of the Week honors….scored 15 points in 69-7 win over Texas A&M-Kingsville on September 28….broke the school record for career scoring on September 28 with 343 points….broke the Conference scoring record of 339 that was set in 2008….owns school records for most FG’s in a season (20), career FG’s (48) and consecutive PAT’s made (64)….199 of 202 career PAT’s…weekly volunteer in Students in Free Enterprise to assist troubled youth with math, life lessons, college planning and job interviews…Step Up to Success volunteer speaker in Amarillo to counsel high school and middle school students….Toys for Juarez volunteer to collect toys in Amarillo and distribute them to children in Juarez, Mexico…Fellowship of Christian Athletes…Huddle Leader and member of the football team’s Bible study 

JOEY CEJUDO Youngstown State University (Ohio) – FCS 
Junior from Chino Hills, CA …2nd on the team in scoring with 35 points from 3 of 3 FG’s and 26 of 26 PAT’s….made game-winning kick with 1:50 remaining in the game to beat Southern Illinois 28-27….made season-long 40-yard FG and all 8 PAT’s against Duquesne….made 34-yard FG and all 5 PAT’s at Michigan State….made 37-yard FG and all 8 PAT’s in win over Morehead State 

SAM COTE Wheaton College (Illinois) – Division III 
Junior from Wheaton, IL …2nd on the team in scoring with 32 points from 4 of 4 FG’s and 20 of 20 PAT’s….scored 12 points in 48-27 win over Benedictine on September 7….averaging 57 yards on 23 kickoffs….made two mission trips through the Wheaton Football Ministry Partnership….served in ministry with FCA as an intern for the past three summers including leading a Summer Bible Study and leading a Speed Training Camp for six weeks….led the FCA mission trips for the past three years….campus representative for Compassion International….Chicago Hope Academy volunteer….leading ministry with Lead 222 by working with their student ministries conference in Germany

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Small College Kickers & Punters 2013

A random sampling of just a few of this year's specialists at D2, D2 and NAIA colleges:

Menlo College, punter/kicker Kevin Kurtz
"I'm a senior at Menlo College in California. Its me as the punter and KO specialist and another senior Ben Vega for place kicking. During the off season I really focused on my strength and flexibility. hit the weights pretty hard and did a lot of yoga and band stretches. this turned out to be really beneficial in terms of distance and height. I know Ben Vega also hit the weights, but he also focused a lot on speed training over the off season. During camp, we've had a huge emphasis on ball placement on punts and KOs. everything is either going to the corners or to a side line. So we're really focusing on shortening the field for our coverage team this camp."
Huntingdon College, specialists
"The Hawks return David Ballard at punter and place-kicker and Cameron Lewis at long snapper for a third straight season and quarterback Taylor Hughes is back at holder for a second season. Ballard, who was the starting punter and backup kicker as a freshman and the starter at both positions last season, ranks third in program history in punts and punt yardage (94-for 3,222) and is third in punt average (34.3) for punters with at least 90 attempts. His 48 career extra points rank fourth in program history and his four career field goals are fifth. 'Anytime you have that much experience in an area like this, it's a good thing,' Turk said. 'The place-kicker is at the mercy of the snapper and the holder. When the snapper and the holder are dependable, the kicker has a lot more confidence that the ball is going to be where it is supposed to be. All three of those guys take pride in trying to do their job perfectly each time and that makes a big difference. 'As a punter, David has been consistent for us. He catches it, he gets it out of there and he locates it pretty well. The coverage team has to do its part, but when you kick it where you're supposed to, the other team doesn't get many yards.' Junior Jimbo Turk enters the season as the backup kicker and punter. Turk said freshman quarterback Austin Johnson has also shown early potential as a punter."
Northern Michigan University, kicker Jonathan Linkenheimer
"Entering his second week at Northern Michigan University, Jonathan Linkenheimer thinks he has finally found the right place to be. 'I like the smaller environment,' Linkenheimer said. 'I do (miss) seeing 70-plus-thousand (fans) in the stands every weekend. Do I get it here? No. But, it's very enjoyable being here.' The former Mainland kicker, who has made stops at Purdue University and the University of Southern Mississippi along the way, will get a fresh start this coming fall with the Division II program. Linkenheimer said the opportunity to kick indoors at the Superior Dome, the world's largest wooden dome structure, was a major factor in his decision to enroll. 'It's very controlled; it's a lot easier,' he said. 'You don't have to worry about wind or the conditions outside, especially for us up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. It snows a lot, and it snows early'.”
Central College, specialists
"The strength of the special teams last year was one of the squad's most consistent players, junior kicker Kevin Sheldon, a first-team all-conference selection in each of his first two college seasons. He was a third-team all-West Region pick by D3football.com. Sheldon was perfect on 25 extra-point tries and 12 of 17 on field goals (70.6% with a long of 47 yards, only 5 yards shy of the school record. He's missed just one extra point attempt at Central (47-48). 'His leg definitely helps us,' McMartin said. Forsythe handled the punting duties last year, averaging 37.7 yards with nine kicks inside the opponent's 20-yard line. But there are other options. Senior Tanner Price (5-10, 245) can kick and punt as can  sophomore Jacob De Waard."
Henderson State University, specialists
"Charles Gonsalves is back for his senior season and will handle most of the kicking duties for the Reddies. The McKinney, Texas native holds the HSU single-season record for PAT kicks with 63 In 2012 he led the GAC in scoring with 90 points. Gonsalves also averaged 48.4 yards per kickoff. Redshirt Addison Allen may also handle some of the kicking duties. Christian LaToof has been Henderson’s punter the last two seasons and has averaged 36.9 yards per boot. The junior from Dekalb, Texas has had 22 of his 90 career punts downed inside the 20."
Missouri S&T, specialists
"With the players involved in the kicking and punting games back for the upcoming season, the Miners enter the year with a good situation in those spots. S&T used two kickers during the season after a season-ending injury felled Adam Peden (Bloomington, Ill./Bloomington) four weeks into the year.  Peden had connected on all 15 of his extra point attempts and five of his seven field goal tries, including a season-best 43-yarder in the season opener.  After Peden's injury, David Druse (Coal City, Ill./Coal City HS) took over and was eight-of-12 on field goal attempts and went 36-of-43 on point after tries. 'Adam is a very consistent kicker and David has been a solid kicker that we wouldn't be afraid to put in there,' said Miner head coach Tyler Fenwick. Sophomore Logan Turk (Moberly, Mo./Moberly) handled the kickoff duties last year in fine fashion and is also back in the fold this season as are holder Reed Brown (Rogers, Ark./Heritage HS) and long snapper Jon Vance (Marshalltown, Iowa/Marshalltown). Punter Cole Wassner (Quartz Hill, Calif./Quartz Hill), who averaged over 33 yards per punt last year and has had only one touchback in two seasons, also returns.   A pair of incoming freshmen, Tyler Swart (Dickinson, Texas/Dickinson) and Will Rogers (Springfield, Mo./Glendale), will attempt to compete for that position. 'Cole has a great leg and great hang time, which is really important to get people downfield to prevent returns,' Fenwick said."
If you have news to share regarding other D2, D3, NAIA or Juco kickers, punters or long snappers, please let us know!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Fred Mitchell Award 2013 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 terrific 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.” 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. We are delighted to recognize them based on outstanding performance in the community and expectations going into the 2013 college football season. It is also a thrill to see so many familiar names on the Watch List, including 17 finalists and three place-kickers that were among the ten for the Award last season.” 

In alphabetical order, following is the final third of the 2013 Fred Mitchell Award Watch List:

ZEB MILLER University of North Dakota - FCS 
Senior from Ankeny, IA….2nd on the team in scoring with 78 points from 12 of 14 FG’s and 42 of 43 PAT’s….named to the College Football Performance Awards Place-Kicker Award Watch List….named Third Team Preseason All-American by Phil Steele’s….made his last seven FG attempts after missing 54-yard FG against Cal Poly….made season-long 50-yard FG in win over Portland State….Greater Grand Forks Youth Football League volunteer for each of the past four years….SAAC/Mortar Board Food Drive volunteer….volunteered at the Celebrating Cultures event at a local high school….participated in the football team’s annual Holiday Magic for Markus event….assisted at Feed My Starving Children event to help underprivileged in Grand Forks 

ANDREW MUZLJAKOVICH Olivet Nazarene University (Illinois) – NAIA 
Senior from Vicksburg, MI….led the Tigers in scoring with 64 points from 16 of 23 FG’s and 16 f 18 PAT’s ...2012 Fred Mitchell Award Finalist….named Mid-States Football Association Midwest League Special Teams Player of the Week four times ….connected on a career-long 45-yard FG against William Penn on September 29 …tied school record with 4 FG’s in a game against Waldorf College on October 13….kicked game-winning 42-yard FG against Trinity International on November 3 ….holds school record with an 82 yard punt against Iowa Wesleyan on October 27….averaged 59 yards on 42 kickoffs….Orphan Outreach volunteer including mission trip to Guatemala to help the children at orphanages celebrate Christmas….collected food door-to-door for a local food pantry….helped remodel a local home and improve the landscaping for the school’s Habitat for Humanity 

THOMAS OBARSKI Concordia University (Minnesota) – Division II 
Junior from Burnsville, MN….led the Golden Bears in scoring with 64 points from 10 of 14 FG’s and 34 of 36 PAT’s….2012 Fred Mitchell Award Finalist….All-NSIC South Division Honorable Mention as a two-way player….multiple NSIC Special Teams Player of the Week honors….two-time team Special Teams MVP…scored 9 points against Augustana on October 27 including a Division II season-long and NSIC record-long 59-yard FG which also broke his own school record of 56 yards set in his first collegiate game….scored 5 points against Sioux Falls on October 13 including 52-yard FG which was the 3rd longest in school history….owns the longest three FG’s in school history and three of the five longest in NSIC history since 1998….has made the longest kick in the NSIC in back-to-back seasons….averaged 59 yards on 40 kickoffs….drug education mentor/teacher to middle school children….high school camp volunteer….Feed My Starving Children volunteer….church student leader….volunteer church work for small group activities….volunteer Bible Study leader….served on overseas missions trip….helped raise over $6,000 for the tsunami relief fund in Japan…supported and raised funds for Project Rescue 

GREG O’DONNELL Colorado State University-Pueblo – Division II 
Sophomore from Monument, CO….led the #1 ranked ThunderWolves in scoring with 87 points from 13 of 16 FG’s and 48 of 51 PAT’s….2012 Fred Mitchell Award Finalist…set school records for most points (87) and FG’s (13) by a Freshman….has made his last 10 FG’s which is the 2nd longest streak in school history….Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Special Teams Player of the Week three times including on October 29….visits sick children with football teammates at the St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center in Pueblo 

ZACH PULKINEN Bemidji State University (Minnesota) – Division II 
Senior from Minot, ND….led the team in scoring with 45 points from 5 of 10 FG’s and 30 of 35 PAT’s….named NSIC Special Teams Player of the Week after 23-6 win over Northern State on October 13….made career-high 39-yard FG against Wayne State on September 15….recorded career-highs for PAT’s made and attempted by going 7 of 7 in the season finale against Minot State on November 10….top 12 in school history in PAT’s made in a season, FG’s made in a season and kick scoring….averaged 61 yards on 53 kickoffs….Bemidji Elks Lodge volunteer 

BRANDON RODRIGUES Massachusetts Maritime Academy – Division III 
Senior from Brockton, MA….2nd on the Buccaneers in scoring with 37 points from 2 of 4 FG’s and 31 of 36 PAT’s….set school record with 8 PAT’s in 56-32 win over Fitchburg State on October 13….made game-tying FG in eventual 42-38 win over Coast Guard on September 22 after erasing a 28-9 halftime deficit….two-time New England Football Conference Offensive Honor Roll selection….member of Buccaneer Student-Athlete Advisory Committee….Brockton Library Foundation volunteer including with reading programs and fundraisers 

KEVIN SHELDON Central College (Iowa) – Division III 
Junior from West Des Moines, IA….led the team in scoring with 61 points from 12 of 17 FG’s and 25 of 25 PAT’s….2012 Fred Mitchell Award Finalist….2012 and 2011 First Team All-Iowa Conference selection….2012 Third Team All West Region Team by d3football.com….named Iowa Conference Special Teams Player of the Week on October 30 after making 2 FG’s and 3 PAT’s in 27-10 win….tied school record with 100% PAT %....made FG’s of 47 and 44 yards in game against Coe which beat previous best of 41 yards….68% career FG % and has made 72 of 73 career PAT’s….Vacation Bible School volunteer….active in campus ministries…Midwest Kicking Camp volunteer…E-cycle event volunteer…helped team raise $1,300 in toys for the Blank Children’s Hospital in Des Moines 

TYLER SIEVERTSEN University of Northern Iowa – FCS 
Senior from Cedar Rapids, IA….2nd on the Panthers in scoring with 71 points from 10 of 13 FG’s and 41 of 41 PAT’s….2012 Fred Mitchell Award Finalist….scored 9 points in 27-6 win over South Dakota State on October 20….active leader in career FG % in FCS….averaged 61 yards on 59 kickoffs….Just Read program volunteer to connect UNI student-athletes with elementary school students….Special Olympics volunteer….Kickers in the Midwest mentor…high school football camp volunteer….Salvation Army bell ringer 

STEFAN TERLECKYJ Wayne State University (Michigan) – Division II 
Senior from Warren, MI….2nd on the team in scoring with 55 points from 10 of 14 FG’s and 25 of 25 PAT’s….2012 Fred Mitchell Award Finalist….owns school record for the most kicking points (238) which is also 3rd in school history behind two running backs…33 career FG’s is tied for school record with one season yet to play….holds school record for the highest career FG % (69%)….made 51-yard FG against Grand Valley State on November 3 which is tied for the longest in school history….71% FG % this season ranks 3rd in school history….All-GLIAC First Team punter and Second Team kicker….scored 6 points in 24-21 win over Hillsdale on October 6….school's all-time leader in PATs made (137) and attempted (139) in just his third season ... scored 9 points in 35-31 win over Lake Erie on September 15….averaged 57 yards on 43 kickoffs…helped sell merchandise for breast cancer awareness at a WSU women's basketball games ... collected small toiletry items to make basic needs bags for the Covenant House Michigan as part of the Wayne Cares program ... participated in United Way's Martin Luther King Day of Service by assisting the Motor City Blight Busters with a renovation project in metropolitan Detroit….math tutor….Motor City Makeover neighborhood clean-up 

ANDY WILDER Northern Arizona University – FCS 
Senior from Scottsdale, AZ….led the team in scoring with 68 points from 10 of 14 FG’s and 38 of 39 PAT’s….2012 Fred Mitchell Award Finalist….2013 Preseason FCS First Team All-American Team and First Team All-Big Sky Conference selection by College Sports Madness....2013 Preseason FCS All-American selection by Phil Steele’s and The Sports Network….2013 College Football Performance Award Place-Kicker Watch List….scored 9 points in 45-38 win at North Dakota on October 13….made game-winning 33-yard FG against UNLV to upset the FBS Rebels 17-14….game-winner was the first FG of his college career….made 18-yard FG for game-winner against Northern Colorado….Welcome Back Jacks event volunteer helping students move into on-campus housing in the fall….represented football team in Flagstaff Fourth of July parade 

AUSTIN WITMER Missouri State University – FCS 
Senior from Grand Island, NE….led the Bears in scoring with 56 points from 12 of 16 FG’s and 20 of 22 PAT’s….4th in MVFC and tied for 28th in FCS with 1.09 FG’s per game….made career-long 47-yard FG and later made 33-yard FG as time expired to beat South Dakota 27-24 on October 13….earned BSN National Special Teams Player of the Week after the South Dakota game…averaged 61 yards on 44 kickoffs….team’s Special Teams Player of the Week three times in 2012….Honorable Mention for CFPA National Special Teams Performer of the Week for making all 3 FG’s at #22 Kansas State in season opener….Champions Committed to Kids volunteer….Just Read program volunteer….volunteers for Meals a Million, Ozarks Foods Harvest and Catholic Campus Ministry

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Fred Mitchell Award 2013 Watch List, part 2

A blue-ribbon Selection Committee evaluates place-kickers that are nominated by their schools for the annual Fred Mitchell Outstanding Place-Kicker Award. 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, Sean Gothier, Teddy Greenstein, Michael Husted, Dan Jiggetts, Rick Kolaczewski, Connie Kowal, Greg Loberg, Tom Lynch, Patrick Murray, Carol Monroe, Jeff Michalczyk, Mark Murphy, Rob Perry, Jeff Schebler, Caroline Schrenker, Jay Sebben, Bob Thomas, Wolfe Tone, Todd Wilkins, Gary Zauner and Rob Zvonar. There are 11 former college or NFL place-kickers on the Selection Committee, including Jeff Schebler (the inaugural Fred Mitchell Award recipient in 2009 and the highest-scoring place-kicker in NCAA history at any level), Tom Lynch (two-time recipient of the Award and the kicker on the 2011 NAIA National Champion Saint Xavier University Cougars) and Patrick Murray (2012 Fred Mitchell Award recipient and record-setting kicker from Fordham University where his 25 field goals was just one shy of the FCS record).

In alphabetical order, following is the second third of the 2013 Fred Mitchell Award Watch List:

TAYLOR GROFF East Stroudsburg University (Pennsylvania) – Division II 
Senior from Manheim, PA….led the team in scoring with 93 points from 15 of 23 FG’s and 48 of 48 PAT’s…. 2012 Fred Mitchell Award Finalist in top 10….led Division II kickers with 9.3 points per game….leads active Division II kickers with FG’s per game (1.4) and FG’s attempted per game (2.0)…. holds school records for career FG % (72.4%, 42 of 58) and career FG’s of 40+ yards (16) …. only kicker in PSAC history with multiple FG’s of 51+ yards (has 4 including 3 in 2012) … ranks 3rd in ESU history with 230 kicking points….approaching every major school kicking record…15 of 19 on game-tying or lead-changing FG’s in career including 7 of 9 from 40+ yards….7 of 7 on FG’s in final minute of the first half….averaged 61 yards on 72 kickoffs helping the team rank 3rd PSAC kickoff coverage….volunteer for children’s programs at local church….participates in school’s Breakfast with the Warriors during preseason camp…volunteers at Kohl’s Kicking Camps and Special Teams Solutions Camps….Manheim Township youth football camp and youth kicking camp volunteer 

ALEX HALLWACHS Washington University (Missouri) – Division III 
Sophomore from Chagrin Falls, OH….2nd on the team in scoring despite only playing five games with 26 points from 7 of 12 FG’s and 5 of 6 PAT’s…. Second Team All-UAA as a Freshman….made both FG’s from 45 and 36 yards in 18-13 win at Denison on October 20….tied school record with 3 FG;s in a game including career-long 46-yard FG in 15-2 win over Carnegie Mellon on October 27….led UAA with 5 FG’s in conference games and 2nd in scoring with 18 points in conference games….named UAA Special Teams Athlete of the Week on October 29….New Dimensions volunteer via Koaches 4 Kids organization…volunteered for 8 weeks to help young children in the inner city develop leadership, self-motivation and teamwork skills through soccer 

ACE HENRICKS Monmouth College (Illinois) – Division III 
Junior from Mt. Sterling, IL….2nd on the team in scoring with 57 points from 6 of 6 FG’s and 39 of 40 PAT’s….First Team All-Conference….ranks 2nd all-time in school history with 38 consecutive FG’s made….93% career FG % ranks 4th all-time at Monmouth….97.5% PAT % in 2012 ranks 2nd in school history….ranks 8th all-time in career FG’s made…made FG against Cornell that turned out to be the game-winner…Brown County Action Team community improvement volunteer….Brown County United Way volunteer….Little League umpire…Mt. Sterling YMCA youth basketball coach and referee….West Central Special Olympics volunteer 


ADAM KELLER North Dakota State University – FCS 
Junior from Lewisberry, PA….led the #1 ranked Bison in scoring with 93 points from 16 of 20 FG’s and 45 of 48 PAT’s….2012 Fred Mitchell Award Finalist….tied school record with 16 FG’s in a season….tied school records with 4 FG’s in a game against Northern Iowa on September 29….tied for 4th in FCS in FG’s and 19th in kick scoring….1st in the Conference in FG’s and 3rd in kick scoring in Conference games….scored 12 points in 48-7 win over then #3 Youngstown State….MVFC Special Teams Player of the Week….first year as full-time starting kicker…. averaged 61 yards on 37 kickoffs….volunteer coach for Tri-City seventh grade soccer team…Rosewood Nursing Home volunteer…middle school tutor to special needs students….Special Olympics volunteer….volunteered at Athletic Department’s Halloween party 

ERIC KINDLER University of Wisconsin-Whitewater – Division III 
Senior from Germantown, WI….led the Warhawks in scoring with 78 points from 17 of 25 FG’s and 27 of 28 PAT’s….First Team All-Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference….enters 2013 season ranked 2nd in career FG’s and career PAT’s in Conference and school history behind 2009 Fred Mitchell Award recipient Jeff Schebler…ranks 5th in career kick scoring in Conference history 

AVERY LLEWELLYN Colorado School of Mines – Division II 
Sophomore from Durango, CO….led the team in scoring with 80 points from 10 of 12 FG’s and 50 of 57 PAT’s….6th in RMAC in scoring….made both FG’s including 50-yard FG in win over South Dakota Mines on September 8….averaged 62 yards on 78 kickoffs….Project Merry Christmas volunteer in Durango where he delivered gifts, food and clothing to La Plata County residents…Durango Downtown Cleanup volunteer 

MILES MACKENZIE Ohio Wesleyan University – Division III 
Junior from Denver, CO….led the team in scoring with 83 points from 18 of 29 FG’s and 29 of 33 PAT’s….2012 Fred Mitchell Award Finalist….led Division III with 1.80 FG’s per game….led conference in kick scoring with 8.3 points per game….set school and conference records with 18 FG’s in a season and 5 FG’s in a game….set school record for most kicking points in a season with 83….ranks 3rd on school’s kick scoring list with 111 points….set school record for most career FG’s midway through Sophomore season and now has 27 career FG’s….kicked season-long 46-yard FG with 4 seconds left in regulation in 17-14 win over Case Western Reserve….Habitat for Humanity volunteer….Bishop Champion Games volunteer to assist track & field meet for athletes with special needs….planted trees in underprivileged neighborhood in Denver….led kicking presentation for youth football players at his high school through Athletics and Beyond 

JOHN MACOMBER College of the Holy Cross (Massachusetts) – FCS 
Senior from Vienna, VA….2nd on the team in scoring with 55 points from 10 of 13 FG’s and 25 of 26 PAT’s….Second Team All-Patriot League…New England Football Writers All-Star Team….team’s Special Teams Player of the Year…46-yard FG against Dartmouth tied for 4th longest in school history….averaged 62 yards on 42 kickoffs….Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts volunteer….Holy Cross Cares Day participant….Best Buddies Program volunteer 

JOE MALLOCK Williams College (Massachusetts) – Division III 
Senior from West Orange, NJ….led the team in scoring with 48 points from 11 of 18 FG’s and 15 of 17 PAT’s….set school record and New England Division III record by making 12 straight FG’s….NESCAC Special Teams Player of the Week….enters 2013 season needing 6 FG’s to set school record with 23 career FG’s….averaged 60 yards on 39 kickoffs….helped cleanup a mobile home park that was destroyed by Hurricane Irene…volunteer note taker for fellow students who are unable to take their own notes….contributing writer to The Williams Record school newspaper….volunteered with football team at Habitat for Humanity and the Berkshire Food project….shoveled snow in public parks and playgrounds….assists elderly in the community….training a local high school kicker who intends to kick in college 

ANTONIO MAYO Fayetteville State University (North Carolina) – Division II 
Junior from Jacksonville, NC….2nd on the team in scoring with 57 points from 11 of 18 FG’s and 24 of 25 PAT’s….led Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association in FG’s and longest FG in 2012….ranked 3rd in the Conference in kick scoring….career-long 45-yard FG was at Chowan on September 29….volunteer President of the school’s Student-Athletic Advisory Committee….SAAC volunteer at the Woodlands Nursing & Rehabilitation Center Valentine’s Day party