July 30, 2014
CHICAGO – Dakota State University sophomore kicker Tanner Hubbard was selected as one of 36 Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), Division II, III, National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) collegiate place-kickers on the watch list for the 2014 Fred Mitchell Award.
The players were nominated by their colleges for excellence on the football field and in the community. The Fred Mitchell Award is provided annually 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.
"These place-kickers are impressive on the football field and off the field representing their schools, their football teams, their conferences, their communities, their families and themselves," Fred Mitchell Award selection committee chairman Chris Kearney said. "We look forward to following their accomplishments during the next few months. Of the 36 kickers, 21 led their team in scoring last season and 12 finished second on their team in scoring, so there is lot of scoring power returning this season."
Hubbard, a sophomore from Aurora, Colo., was third on the team in 2013 scoring with 30 points from 2-of-2 field goals and 24-of-28 PAT's. He was nominated for the 2013 Fred Mitchell Award.
Hubbard scored seven points in 31-28 road victory at Jamestown (N.D.) on Oct. 12, 2013. He volunteered at the ECCO in Madison to help disabled people for two hours weekly. He also was a ROTC clean-up volunteer in Brookings. He was named to the Inaugural Fall Sports Academic North Star Scholar-Athlete list for his academic success in the classroom.
Hubbard is one of the three NAIA place-kickers to be listed on the Fred Mitchell Award Watch List. There are a total of 7 FCS players, 12 Division II, 12 Division III and 2 NJCAA players listed on the Watch List.
Tanner is the son of Robert and Tanis Hubbard. He is majoring in Cyber Security at Dakota State University.
Top performers will be recognized monthly during the college football season, and the winner (who is not required to be on the Watch List) will be announced in mid-December.
Dakota State opens their 2014 football season in exactly one month (Aug. 30). The Trojans welcome Mayville State (N.D.) in the North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) conference game. Kick-off is slated for 6 p.m. at Trojan Field.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director