MACOMB, Ill. - Western Illinois junior Pat Smith (Quincy/Notre Dame) was one of 31 kickers nationwide recognized by the Fred Mitchell Award for excellence on the football field and in the community during the month of September. He was named to the Award watch list during the off-season.
Smith, who also serves as the team's starting punter, went 7-of-7 on field goals and 5-of-5 on point-after attempts during the first four games. He matched a personal-high in the opener against Butler kicking three field goals, then followed with a career-long 46-yarder against Jacksonville.
He's tied for sixth nationally averaging 1.75 field goals per game, and his percentage going 7-for-7 leads the country. He has averaged 60 yards on his 16 kickoffs. Off the field, Smith has participated in Relay for Life, Special Olympics volunteer, Rocky's Reach volunteer at local schools, and Jump Rope for Heart.
"September had quite a few college football games decided by late scores by place-kickers, long snappers, holders and blockers on special teams. It has been a very exciting start to the college football season. We are pleased to recognize place-kickers that were nominated by their schools for extraordinary performance during the month," said Fred Mitchell.
The Award's Selection Committee Chairman Chris Kearney added, "The place-kickers we recognize are having tremendous success on the gridiron so far this season. In addition, their civic and volunteer activities are having a profound and positive impact in their communities. We are delighted to honor this group."
The recipient of the Fred Mitchell Award will be announced in mid-December based on performance on the field and in the community. Details are provided at www.fredmitchellaward.com.