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Posted on Wed, Jul 10, 2013 : 10:52 a.m.

Saline alumnus on watch list for nation's top college kicker

By Pete Cunningham

Lookout Brendan Gibbons. You've got some competition for best kicker in the nation — and it's coming from just down the street.


Eastern Michigan kicker, Dylan Mulder.

Daniel Brenner | file photo

Eastern Michigan sophomore kicker Dylan Mulder, a Saline High School alumnus, was named to the watch list for the 2013 Lou Groza College Place-Kicker Award on Wednesday. Gibbons is also one of the 30 players on the watch list.

Mulder appeared in 10 games for the Eagles last season as a true freshman. Mulder was 10-for-11 (90.9 percent) on field goal attempts, which was the sixth best field goal percentage in the Football Bowl Subdivision for kickers with at least 10 attempts. He also was 24-of-27 on extra-point attempts. Mulder was Eastern's leading scorer with 54 points and made three field goals from 40-plus yards including a 43-yarder against Western Michigan.

Mulder graduated from Saline in 2012. He was a perfect 58-of-58 on point after attempts in his high school career including a 34-for-34 senior season. He made 6-of-9 field goal attempts as a senior, with a long of 47 yards, and had 39 touchbacks on 42 kickoffs.

The Lou Groza College Place-Kicker Award list will be narrowed to 20 semifinalists on Monday, Nov. 4 and then to three on Monday, Nov. 25. The winner will be announced on Dec. 10. Mulder is the first Eastern player named to the watch list since Andrew Wellock in 2006. Wellock was a four-time semifinalist and runner-up for the award in 2004.

Dylan Mulder high school highlight reel:

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