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2018 Fred Mitchell Award


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 former Chicago Tribune sports columnist. The recipient of the Fred Mitchell Award is chosen based on excellence on the football field and in the community.




Alcobendas was named first team selection on the American Football Coaches Association NCAA Football Championship Subdivision All-America team.
Image: fredmitchell.com


Eastern Washington University’s senior place-kicker Roldan Alcobendas (Camas, Wash.) is the recipient of the 2018 Fred Mitchell Award. 

“Roldan Alcobendas checks all the boxes when it comes to fulfilling the criteria for being the 2018 Fred Mitchell Award winner. His perseverance following a pair of devastating knee injuries has been remarkable. And his commitment to community service is what we are all about. We are proud to add him to our family of distinguished winners.” said Fred Mitchell.

Alcobendas remarked, “I was honestly speechless when Mr. Mitchell let me know. I’m very honored to be recognized with this award.”

Alcobendas earned first team All-Big Sky Conference honors as both a kicker and punter for EWU in 2018. His 113 kick-scoring points this season broke the school record of 103 and ranks fifth in Big Sky history, and his 314 career points are also a school record and rank sixth all-time in the league. His second extra point of the season was blocked, but he’s made all 67 since then for a season total of 68-of-69 to break his own single season consecutive makes record of 63 set in 2016. He also owns the career record with 85-straight from 2016-2017.

His 44.9 punting average is second nationally, ranking only behind Chris Faddoul of Florida A&M (46.8).

Off the field, Alcobendas and the Eastern football program participate in numerous community service projects during the year, including youth clinics, Cheney “Clean-Sweep” campus pick-up days, the “Bleed Eagle Red” blood drive, the HUB 360 Program for middle school students, Special Olympics and the “Light the Way Dinner Auction” to help raise funds for the American Childhood Cancer Organization of the Inland Northwest.

The award’s Selection Committee Chairman Rob Perry shared that “We have been blessed with nominees of remarkable character and strength. Roldan’s accomplishments and fortitude have earned him a place of honor among some exceptional young men.”


The 2018 Fred Mitchell Award finalists included:

  • Central Colloge (IA), Div III – John Alberts
  • Eastern Washington, FCS – Roldan Alcobendas
  • Fort Hayes (KS), Div II – Dante Brown
  • Colorado State-Pueblo, D II – Mitchell Carter
  • Northern Iowa, FCS – Austin Errthum
  • Wisconsin-Whitewater, D III – Wojciech Gasienica
  • East Tennessee State, FCS – J.J. Jerman
  • Texas A&M-Commerce, FCS – Kristov Martinez
  • Concordia (MN), D II – Jonas Schenderlein
  • DePauw (IN), D III – Jake Tanner



North Dakota State (14-0) vs Eastern Washington (12-2)



Coach: Chris Klieman

North Dakota Players to Watch:

Senior QB Easton Stick (6-2/221)

Some observers believe Stick has the same football savvy as Wentz, now a key part of the Philadelphia Eagles. Photo: The College Sports Journal

Easton Stick owns school records for total offense, passing touchdowns and total touchdowns will try for his 50th career victory Saturday when the top-ranked Bison begin their quest for their seventh FCS title in eight years. In his career, Stick has thrown for 8,495 yards and 86 touchdowns.

*Junior FS James Hendricks (6-1/209)

James Hendricks came to North Dakota State as a highly touted quarterback who had put up monster numbers at Bemidji High School (Mn). At first he was reluctant to switch positions, but now that he has, the North Dakota State junior has been named Second Team All-Missouri Valley.

Senior OC Tanner Volson (6-4/306)

Senior center Tanner Volson has played in 58 games during his Bison career. Volson is known for being technically sound, in both, the run and passing game. On Dec 20th, Volson was named the top offensive lineman in the Football Championship Subdivision with his selection to the FCS Athletic Directors Association All-America Team.

***Sophomore LB Jabril Cox (6-3/227)

Jabril Cox can wreak havoc at linebacker, leading NDSU with 84 tackles to go with four sacks and four interceptions, two of which he’s returned for touchdowns.



Coach: Aaron Best

Eastern Washington Players to watch:

Senior PK Roldan Alcobendas (6-0/180)

Alcobendas won the Fred Mitchell Award, an honor given to the nation’s top collegiate place-kicker among FCS, NCAA II, III, NAIA and NJCAA teams.
Image: FredMitchell.com

Alcobendas is now EWU’s all-time leader in kicking points (271), hitting 30 of his 41 field-goal attempts and adding 181 extra points. He is 10 for 10 in field goals this season, one of three FCS kickers with a perfect mark. He’s also been a model of consistency on extra points, setting a school record for consecutive extra points made (85).

***Sophomore QB Eric Barriere (6-1/195)

After All-America starter Gage Gubrud was lost for the season five games into the 2018 campaign, Barriere has taken over to guide EWU into the NCAA Division I Championship Game in Frisco, Texas, on Jan. 5. He led EWU to an 8-1 record in his nine starts, including a current seven-game winning streak to improve EWU’s record to 12-2 and help the Eagles set a school record for points in a season with 623.

Senior NT Jay-Tee Tiuli (6-4/320)

Tiuli was the Big Sky Conference Defensive MVP in 2018 and earned first team All-Big Sky honors. This is also his first All-America honor, and he is the first interior defensive lineman (not including defensive ends) to earn All-America honors for the Eagles since Renard Williams earned honorable mention in 2011 and first team accolades in 2010. Update: Tiuli will NOT play in the Championship game.

Senior OC Richard Blackburn (6-2/285)

Blackburn earned his second All-America honor in 2018 after earning second team All-Big Sky Conference honors three-straight seasons from 2016-18.  The Eagles have now had 23 offensive linemen earn All-America accolades in 35 years in FCS (1984-2018), including 14 first team All-Americans. They have combined for 73 honors (37 first team, 19 second team, 5 third team and 12 honorable mention).


2019 D I Football Championship Game
North Dakota State vs. Eastern Washington
12:00 p.m. ET, ESPN2
Toyota Stadium
Frisco, Texas

FCS 2018 A.P. All-American teams

North Dakota State quarterback Easton Stick was voted first team A.P. All-American a week after he was named as one of the top three finalists for the Walter Payton Award recognizing the Offensive Player of the Year in the Football Championship Subdivision.

FCS First team A.P. All-American Easton Stick.

First Team


Quarterback — Easton Stick, senior, North Dakota State

Running backs — Joe Protheroe, senior, Cal Poly; Ryan Fulse, senior, Wagner

Linemen — Tanner Volson, senior, North Dakota State; Matt Pyke, senior, East Tennessee State; Micah Shaw, senior, North Carolina A&T; B.J. Autry, senior, Jacksonville State; Garrett Bowery, senior, Lamar

Tight end — Donald Parham, senior, Stetson

Wide receivers — Josh Pearson, junior, Jacksonville State; Michael Bandy, junior, San Diego

All-purpose player — Shane Simpson, junior, Towson

Kicker — Roldan Alcobendas, senior, Eastern Washington


Linemen — Isaiah Mack, senior, Chattanooga; Derick Roberson, senior, Sam Houston State; Ahmad Gooden, senior, Samford; Darryl Johnson, junior, North Carolina A&T

Linebackers — Zach Hall, junior, Southeast Missouri State; Dante Olson, junior, Montana; B.J. Blunt, senior, McNeese State

Backs — Isiah Swann, junior, Dartmouth; Robbie Grimsley, senior, North Dakota State; Jimmy Moreland, senior, James Madison; Will Warner, junior, Drake

Punter — Chris Faddoul, sophomore, Florida A&M


Hodges broke Steve McNair’s all-time yardage passing record.
Photo: The Athletic


Quarterback — Devlin Hodges, senior, Samford

Running backs — A.J. Hines, junior, Duquesne; Marquis Terry, senior, Southeast Missouri State

Linemen — Iosua Operta, senior, Weber State; Spencer Blackburn, senior, Eastern Washington; Drew Forbes, senior, Southeast Missouri State; C.J. Collins, senior, Kennesaw State; Dan Cooney, senior, San Diego

Tight end — Matthew Gonzalez, junior, Robert Morris

Wide receivers — Kelvin McKnight, senior, Samford; Keelan Doss, senior, UC Davis

All-purpose player — D’Angelo Amos, sophomore, James Madison

Kicker — Grayson Atkins, sophomore, Furman


Linemen — Khalen Saunders, senior, Western Illinois; Greg Menard, senior, North Dakota State; Jay-Tee Tiuli, senior, Eastern Washington; Nick Wheeler, junior, Colgate

Linebackers — Jabril Cox, sophomore, North Dakota State; Sterling Sheffield, senior, Maine; Adrian Hope, freshman, Furman

Backs — James Allen, senior, Charleston Southern; Tyree Robinson, sophomore, East Tennessee State; Nassir Adderly, senior, Delaware; Marlon Bridges, senior, Jacksonville State

Punter — Alex Pechin, senior, Bucknell


Burks set new FCS single-season record for rushing touchdowns by a quarterback with 29. Photo: Kennesaw State University


Quarterback — Chandler Burks, senior, Kennesaw State

Running backs — James Holland, senior, Colgate; James Robinson, junior, Illinois State.

Linemen — Matt Kaskey, senior, Dartmouth; Justus Basinger, junior, Wofford; C.J. Toogood, senior, Elon; Zack Johnson, junior, North Dakota State; Tiano Pupungatoa, senior, South Dakota State.

Tight end — Owen Cosenke, sophomore, Western Carolina

Wide receivers — Reggie White Jr., senior, Monmouth; Jazz Ferguson, junior, Northwestern State

All-purpose player — Kentel Williams, junior, Austin Peay

Kicker — Aidian O’Neill, junior, Towson


Linemen — Nathan Clayberg, senior, Drake; Maurice Jackson, junior, Richmond; Filipe Sitake, senior, Weber State; Solomon Brown, senior, Charleston Southern.

Linebackers — Pete Swenson, senior, Western Illinois; De’Arius Christmas, senior, Grambling State; Cameron Gill, junior, Wagner.

Backs — Abu Daramy-Swaray, junior, Colgate; Dominic Frasch, senior, Cal Poly; Davon Jernigan, senior, Lamar; Jordan Brown, senior, South Dakota State

Punter — Garret Wegner, sophomore, North Dakota State