Senior Beau Baker was Cumberland University’s nominee for the C.R. Bickerstaff/Coach Bill Pace University Scholar-Athlete Award presented last month at the 48th annual awards banquet of the Middle Tennessee chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame.
The C.R. Bickerstaff/Coach Bill Pace University Scholar-Athlete Award is presented to the top university football scholar-athlete in the Middle Tennessee area based on scholarship, sportsmanship and value to the team. Bickerstaff was the long-time executive secretary of the Middle Tennessee Chapter of the NFF and Pace is a former head football coach at Vanderbilt.
Baker was named one of the 10 finalists for the 2013 Fred Mitchell Award, which is provided 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 Mt. Juliet native converted 12 of 13 field goals, including 12 for 12 inside 40 yards, and made 39 of 41 extra points during the campaign for the Bulldogs. The Friendship Christian-graduate ranked second on the team in scoring with 75 points.
The redshirt senior earned Mid-South Conference Special Teams Player of the Week honors in September after booting four field goals in a 41-31 victory at Belhaven. He converted his first 26 extra point attempts of the year and was successful on the first 11 field-goal attempts before missing at the end of the first half in the final game of the year.
Baker has also been active as a volunteer during his time at Cumberland, taking part in the football team’s clean-up efforts at Sherry’s Run last September and participating in Field Day activities at Sam Houston Elementary School in October. He 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.
Cumberland’s Josh Beasley (2007), Josh Smith (2011) and Cody McCallister (2-013) have previously won the award. More information on the event and the Middle Tennessee chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame athttp://www.nffnashville.com/.