Dec. 4, 2012
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Fordham senior placekicker Patrick Murray has been named one of ten finalists for the Fred Mitchell Award, it was announced Tuesday. The winner will be announced on December 11 and will be honored on February 18, 2013 at the National Football Foundation Chicago Chapter Awards Ceremony.
The Fred Mitchell Award is presented to the Football Championship Subdivision, Division II, Division III, NAIA or NJCAA place-kicker that excels on the football field and in the community. 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.
Murray had the best year for a field goal kicker in Patriot League history, going 25-of-30 to shatter the single-season Patriot League record of 19 made field goals and come within just one of the FCS record. He had four field goals of 50 yards or longer, including a Patriot League record and FCS single-season high 55-yarder against Cincinnati on Oct. 13. No other FCS kicker hit more than twice from 50 yards and beyond. Murray was nearly as proficient as a punter, placing second in the nation with a Patriot League single-season record 46.0 average. He earned first-team All-Patriot League honors as both a placekicker and punter, and was also named an AFCA All-American on Tuesday.
Murray made 38 field goals in his career, and finished with a 42.9 career punting average that stands second in both school and Patriot League history.
There were 38 place-kickers nominated for this Award. The breakdown of the 10 finalists is as follows: Collegiate Division - 2 FCS, 5 Division II, 3 Division III, 0 NAIA, 0 NJCAA; State - the place-kickers play at schools located in 9 different states; Year - 6 Seniors, 4 Juniors, 0 Sophomore, 0 Freshmen.