James Gish honored nationally
Fred Mitchell Award shines on kickers
One of two NAIA PK’s chosen in September
WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- The Fred Mitchell Award recognized a host of place-kickers for their excellence on the football field and in the community during the month of September, including James Gish, from Southwestern Assemblies of God University.
“September had quite a few college football games decided by late scores by place-kickers, long snappers, holders and blockers on special teams. It has been a very exciting start to the college football season. 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.”
Gish, a junior from Waxahachie, was chosen for both his perfect kicking during the month and for his civic involvement. He volunteers with football and soccer camps that allow low-income children to attend sports camps.
In mid-December an overall recipient of the Fred Mitchell Award will be announced based on performance on the field and in the community. Details are provided at www.fredmitchellaward.com.
Gish, the leading scorer (31 points) on the Lions, has made all 10 of his point after attempts (PAT) through four games. He has also split the uprights on seven-of-seven field goal tries.
His accuracy has him tied atop the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. Of the 31 kickers who were chosen, he is one of only two in the NAIA, which has aproximately 300 member schools.
The breakdown of the 31 is as follows: (the complete list is displayed below)
• Collegiate Division – 9 FCS, 9 Division II, 10 Division III, 2 NAIA and 1 NJCAA
• State – the place-kickers play at schools located in 24 different states with three place-kickers at schools in Pennsylvania
• Year – 16 Seniors, 8 Juniors, 6 Sophomores, 1 Freshman
In the season opener the 5-foot-9, 195-pounder connected on four field goals in a 13-12 loss to the #18 ranked Bethany College (Ks).
A week later his 41-yarder in the fourth quarter iced a 27-17 road victory over Howard Payne University.
Head Coach and Athletic Director Jesse Godding considers Gish one of the team’s main assets.
“The capacity to have consistent performance in our kicking game is a tremendous advantage for our team,” he said on Tuesday. “James brings that to us. He deserves plenty of credit for his work, including this fine honor.”
He has made 65 of 68 career extra points for the Purple Pride.
The former Waxahachie High School standout had nailed 12 of 24 field goals entering this season. He currently has raised official’s arms on 19 of 31 career attempts.
His longest was a 50-yarder last year against Northwestern Oklahoma State University.
Gish and the Lions are on the road this weekend. They travel to Muskogee, Oklahoma to face Bacone College at 2:00pm (CST). It is the first conference game in the Central States Football League. Bacone (bah-KOAN) has won the past two meetings.
A preview of the game will be posted on-line Friday. Fans can follow the play-by-play via LiveStats. The link to the webcast will be included in the preview.
The team will take on Haskell University (Ks) on October 13. The homecoming game is slated to begin at 2:00pm. It will be broadcast in high definition by SAGU Sports Live.
James Gish Career Totals
Year PAT FGA-FGM Long Total Points
Freshman 23-21 11-6 38 39
Sophomore 35-34 13-6 50 52
Junior 10-10 7-7 41 31
Totals 68-65 31-19 50 122
In alphabetical order, the Fred Mitchell Award honorees for September 2012 are listed below. More on each player is available from the Fred Mitchell website.
Northwest Missouri State University – Division II
Senior from Omaha, NE….leads the Bearcats in scoring with 45 points from 7 of 9 FG’s and 24 of 24 PAT's.
Texas Lutheran University – Division III
Senior from San Antonio, TX….leads the team in scoring with 42 points from 10 of 12 FG’s and 12 PAT’s….tied his own school and conference records with 5 FG’s in 43-35 win over Southwestern Assemblies of God on September 22
Northwest Mississippi Community College – NJCAA
Sophomore from Slayden, MS….leads the team in scoring with 34 points from 5 of 8 FG’s and 19 of 19 PAT’s.
Campbellsville University (Kentucky) – NAIA
Senior from East London, England....leads the Tigers in scoring with 25 points from 6 of 8 FG’s and 7 of 7 PAT’s.
University of San Diego – FCS
Senior from San Ramon, CA….leads the Toreros in scoring with 28 points from 5 of 5 FG’s and 13 of 14 PAT’s.
Lycoming College (Pennsylvania) – Division III
Junior from Philipsburg, PA … 4th on the Warriors in scoring with 17 points from 2 of 4 FG’s and 11 of 13 PAT’s.
Morehead State University (Kentucky) - FCS
Senior from Dublin, OH….leads the team in scoring with 28 points from 5 of 6 FG’s and 13 of 15 PAT’s.
Ouachita Baptist University (Arkansas) – Division II
Senior from Mesquite, TX….tied for 1st on the 11th ranked Tigers in scoring with 36 points from 6 of 6 FG’s and 18 of 18 PAT’s.
Indiana State University - FCS
Sophomore from Washington, IN….2nd on the Sycamores in scoring with 38 points from 8 of 9 FG’s and 14 of 14 PAT’s.
Ripon College (Wisconsin) – Division III
Senior from Elkhorn, WI…. 3rd on the Red Hawks in scoring with 22 points from 2 of 5 FG’s, 16 of 16 PAT’s.
Southwestern Assemblies of God University (Texas) – NAIA
Junior from Waxahachie, TX….leads the team in scoring with 31 points from 7 of 7 FG’s and 10 of 10 PAT’s.
East Stroudsburg University (Pennsylvania) – Division II
Junior from Manheim, PA….scored 32 points from 5 of 9 FG’s and 17 of 17 PAT’s.
University of Maine – FCS
Senior from Wayland, MA….leads the Black Bears in scoring with 22 points from 4 of 8 FG’s and 10 of 11 PAT’s.
University of Central Missouri – Division II
Senior from Cassville, MO….2nd on the Mules in scoring with 27 points from 2 of 4 FG’s and 21 of 22 PAT’s.
Linfield College (Oregon) – Division III
Senior from Salem, OR….leads the team in scoring with 33 points from 5 of 9 FG’s and 18 of 18 PAT’s.
North Dakota State University – FCS
Sophomore from Lewisberry, PA….leads the #1 ranked Bison in scoring with 45 points from 8 of 11 FG’s and 21 of 21 PAT’s.
Williams College (Massachusetts) – Division III
Junior from West Orange, NJ….leads the team in scoring with 17 points from 4 of 4 FG’s and 5 of 5 PAT’s.
St. John’s University (Minnesota) – Division III
Senior from Eau Claire, WI….leads the Johnnies in scoring with 28 points from 2 of 6 FG’s and 22 of 22 PAT’s.
Fayetteville State University (North Carolina) – Division II
Sophomore from Jacksonville, NC….leads the Broncos in scoring with 24 points from 4 of 5 FG’s and 12 of 12 PAT’s.
Widener University (Pennsylvania) – Division III
Senior from Warminster, PA….leads the team in scoring with 39 points from 1 of 1 FG’s and 36 of 38 PAT’s.
Concordia University (Minnesota) – Division II
Sophomore from Burnsville, MN….leads the Golden Bears in scoring with 31 points from 6 of 8 FG’s and 13 of 14 PAT’s.
Colorado State University-Pueblo – Division II
Freshman from Colorado Springs, CO….has scored 34 points from 6 of 9 FG’s and 16 of 18 PAT’s.
University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh – Division III
Sophomore from Verona, WI….leads team in scoring with 36 points from 7 of 7 FG’s and 15 of 17 PAT’s.
University of Northern Iowa – FCS
Junior from Cedar Rapids, IA….2nd on the Panthers in scoring with 30 points from 4 of 5 FG’s and 18 of 18 PAT’s.
Stony Brook University (New York) - FCS
Senior from Brandon, FL….2nd on the team in scoring with 35 points from 6 of 6 FG’s and 17 of 17 PAT’s.
Western Illinois University - FCS
Junior from Quincy, IL….leads the Leathernecks in scoring with 26 points from 7 of 7 FG’s and 5 of 5 PAT’s.
Wayne State University (Michigan) – Division II
Junior from Warren, MI….2nd on the team in scoring with 20 points from 3 of 6 FG’s and 11 of 11 PAT’s.
Wesley College (Delaware) – Division III
Senior from Wilmington, DE….3rd on the Wolverines in scoring with 15 points from 2 of 2 FG’s, 9 of 11 PAT’s.
University of Sioux Falls (South Dakota) – Division II
Senior from Sioux Falls, SD….2nd on the Cougars in scoring with 43 points from 8 of 9 FG’s and 19 of 20 PAT’s.
Northern Arizona University – FCS
Junior from Scottsdale, AZ….2nd on the team in scoring with 33 points from 6 of 8 FG’s and 15 of 15 PAT’s.
Wittenberg University (Ohio) – Division III
Senior from Plainfield, IN…2nd on the 20th ranked Tigers in scoring with 25 points from 3 of 5 FG’s and 16 of 17 PAT’s.
About the Fred Mitchell Award
The annual Fred Mitchell Outstanding Place-Kicker Award (also known as the Fred Mitchell Award, www.fredmitchellaward.com) 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 will be chosen based on excellence on the football field and in the community.
The Award’s Watch List is released each August, 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 on February 18, 2013 at the National Football Foundation Chicago Metro Chapter Awards Ceremony at Halas Hall (details for this event are at www.nffchicagoawards.eventbrite.com).