Ohio Wesleyan University senior Miles MacKenzie, the best kicker in OWU history, has been named to the watch list for the 2014 Fred Mitchell Award, it was announced Wednesday.
He was a finalist for the award in 2012, when he led NCAA Division III players in field goals (1.8/game) and finished third nationally in kick scoring (8.3 points/game). He also set North Coast Athletic Conference records for field goals in a game (5) and season (18), and was all over the postseason award lists as a first-team all-region selection by D3football.com, a first-team All-Ohio pick by OhioCollegeFootball.com, and a first-team All-NCAC choice. MacKenzie led the NCAC in kick scoring and ranked second in total scoring, and his 18 field goals set OWU and NCAC season records.
When it comes to Ohio Wesleyan place-kicking records, you name it and MacKenzie has it. As a proud owner of team records for game, season and career field goals and points scored by kicking, he is coming off a season in which he ranked third in the NCAC in kick scoring (5.9 points/game) and 10th in overall scoring. He also had 35 extra-point conversions — an effort good enough for the second-highest single-season mark in school history.
The annual Fred Mitchell Outstanding Place-Kicker Award (also known as the Fred Mitchell Award) is bestowed upon 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.
OWU Sports Information contributed to this report.