DOVER, Del. – Senior placekicker Dan Tryon is one of 44 players to be named to the Fred Mitchell Award Watch List, it was announced Wednesday morning. The Fred Mitchell Award is awarded to the nation's top collegiate placekicker among more than 750 FCS, Division II, III, NAIA and NJCAA Football Teams.
A native of Wilmington, Del., Tryon currently ranks second all-time at Wesley with 19 field goals and 126 PATs, both of which are on pace to break the school record in 2012. He already holds Wolverine records for most field goals made in a game (three), field goals made in a season (13), PATs made in a game (nine), PATs made in a season (64) and the longest field goal (46 yards).
As a junior in 2011, Tryon led the third-ranked Wolverines in scoring with 84 points. On October 18, he was named to the D3Football.com National Team of the Week and the ECAC Special Teams Player of the Week after scoring a school-record 14 points (5-5 PATs, 3-3 FGs), including a 45-yard field goal in a win over Virginia-Lynchburg. He averaged 58 yards on 97 kickoffs with eight touchbacks.
In 2010, Tryon was named the ACFC Special Teams Player of the Year after tying a school-record with 99 points. A two-sport athlete, Tryon has been a three-year starter on the men's lacrosse team and was named the lacrosse team's captain and most valuable player last year.
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Tryon and the Wolverines, who were recently ranked third in the D3Football.com Preseason Poll, open the 2012 season on September 1, when they travel to Marshall, Texas, to take on East Texas Baptist. Wesley's schedule is one of the toughest in the Nation, with four games against nationally-ranked teams: Salisbury, Mary Hardin-Baylor, Louisiana College and Birmingham-Southern.
About the Fred Mitchell Award
The annual Fred Mitchell Outstanding Place-Kicker Award (also known as the Fred Mitchell 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 will be chosen based on excellence on the football field and in the community. The Award's Watch List is released in 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 each February at the National Football Foundation Chicago Metro Chapter Awards Ceremony at Halas Hall.
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, 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 10 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) and Lynch (two-time Award recipient and the kicker on the 2011 NAIA National Champion Saint Xavier University Cougars).