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Cumberland kicker recognized by Fred Mitchell Award committee

From staff reports • Updated Oct 3, 2013 at 10:43 PM

Cumberland senior Beau Baker was recognized this week by the presenters of the Fred Mitchell Award for excellence on the football field and in the community during the month of September.

“The first month of the 2013 college football season had quite a few college football games decided on late scores by place-kickers, long snappers, holders and blockers on special teams. We are pleased to recognize place-kickers that were nominated by their schools for extraordinary performance during the month,” said Fred Mitchell.

Baker made all six field goal attempts and connected on all 10 extra points in Cumberland’s first four contests. The Mt. Juliet native booted a career-best four field goals in a 41-31 victory at Belhaven, including a 32-yarder in the final minute to put the game away for CU.

The Friendship Christian-graduate was part of the team’s clean-up efforts at Sherry’s Run during the month of September and will take part in Field Day at Sam Houston Elementary School this Friday in Lebanon. Baker also volunteered with Worship Without Walls, cleaning, organizing and painting rooms at the Mt. Juliet Senior Citizens Center, and was a team co-captain in Relay for Life this year as well.

“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,” said Chris Kearney, the award’s selection committee chairman.

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 Chicago Tribune sports columnist.

The recipient of the Fred Mitchell Award is chosen based on excellence on the football field and in the community. The Award's Watch List is released in late July, 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 each February at the National Football Foundation Chicago Metro Chapter Awards Ceremony at Halas Hall.

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