The 10 finalists have been named for the 2018 Fred Mitchell Outstanding Place-kicker Award (also known as the Fred Mitchell Award, which is provided to the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), Division II, Division III, NAIA or NJCAA place-kicker that excels on the football field and in the community. “Strong cases can be made for all of our finalists in terms of kicking performance and community service. Our 35-person selection committee is proud and honored to recognize these worthy individuals,” Fred Mitchell said.
The place-kicker chosen for this Award will be announced on December 10, 2018, and he will be honored on February 18, 2019, at the National Football Foundation Chicago Chapter Awards Ceremony at Halas Hall in suburban Chicago.
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 former 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.
There were 40 place-kickers nominated for this award. The breakdown of the 10 finalists is as follows:
- Collegiate Division – 3 FCS, 4 Division II, 3 Division III, 0 NAIA, 0 NJCAA
- State – the place-kickers play at schools located in 9 different states
- Year – 6 Seniors, 3 Juniors, 1 Sophomore, 0 Freshman
In alphabetical order, the 10 finalists for the 2018 Fred Mitchell Award are listed below.
Central College (Iowa) – Division III
Eastern Washington University – Football Championship Subdivision (FCS)
Fort Hays State University (Kan.) – Division II
Colorado State University-Pueblo – Division II
University of Northern Iowa – FCS
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater – Division III
East Tennessee State University – FCS
Texas A&M-Commerce – Division II
Concordia University, St. Paul (Minn.) – Division II
DePauw University (Ind.) – Division III