Senior kicker Eric Dobratz of the Shepherd University football team, was one of 50 collegiate place-kickers named to The Watch List for the Fred Mitchell Award. The watch list is comprised of Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), Division II, III and National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics collegiate place-kickers. Watch list members were nominated by their colleges for excellence on the football field and in the community.
Dobratz hit on 61-of-64 extra points and nailed 7-of-15 field goals for the Rams in 2010. He was third on the team in scoring with 82 points. A Second Team All-WVIAC selection, Dobratz set new Shepherd single season records for most extra points (61), most extra point attempts (64) and kick-scoring points (82) last season. He was one of 20 NCAA Division II kickers selected to the 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 2011 college football season."