FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.- Senior kicker Matt Myers is among 50 players on the Watch List for the Fred Mitchell Award that includes the Championship Subdivision (FCS), Division II, III and National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) collegiate place-kickers that were nominated by their colleges for excellence on the football field and in the community.
Myers, who hails from Corona, Calif., was a finalist for the award as a junior. He was second on the team in 2010 scoring with 76 points from 14 of 18 field goals and 34 of 36 point-after attempts. He earned honorable mention All-Big Sky Conference honors, tying for 16th in the nation with 1.27 field goals per game.
As the school's Allstate Good Words Team nominee, Myers has been involved in numerous community service projects during his career. This spring he participated in the Earth Week community cleanup event and Flagstaff kickoff setup. He has been an annual participant in the Red Ribbon Week volunteer events, while working with local organizations like the Humane Society, Big Brothers Big Sisters and St. Mary Food Bank. Last summer, he helped protect homes from 2010 flood and assisted with the flood clean-up efforts.
The annual Fred Mitchell Outstanding Place-Kicker Award (also known as the Fred Mitchell Award, www.fredmitchellaward.com) 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 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. The Award's Watch List is released in August, top performers are recognized monthly during the college football season, and the winner (who is not required to be on the Watch List) is announced in mid-December. The school of the Award winner receives scholarship funds and the Fred Mitchell Award trophy will be presented in February 2012 at the National Football Foundation Chicago Metro Chapter Awards Ceremony at Halas Hall.
A blue-ribbon Selection Committee (listed at www.fredmitchellaward.com) evaluates place-kickers that are nominated by their schools. Members of the Pro and/or College Football Hall of Fame on the Selection Committee include Tom Beck, Kevin Butler, Paul Hornung, Marv Levy, Steve McMichael, Don Pierson and Gale Sayers. Several former football players that are active in their communities are also on the Selection Committee including Carl Allegretti, Sean Gothier, Dan Jiggetts, Jeff Michalczyk, Mark Murphy, Rob Perry, Jeff Schebler, Bob Thomas, Todd Wilkins, Gary Zauner and Rob Zvonar. There are eight former college or NFL place-kickers on the Selection Committee, including Schebler, the inaugural Fred Mitchell Award recipient in 2009 and the highest-scoring place-kicker in NCAA history at any level.
The breakdown of the 50 place-kickers is as follows:
- Collegiate Division – 15 FCS, 20 Division II, 11 Division III, 3 NAIA and 1 NJCAA
- State – the place-kickers play at schools located in 30 different states, led by Minnesota with 5 place-kickers
- Year – 23 Seniors, 16 Juniors, 11 Sophomores
- Fred Mitchell Award Finalists in 2010 that are on the 2011 Watch List - 28