Courtesy of Hamilton Athletics
CLINTON, N.Y. - Hamilton College sophomore Sam Thoreen (Worcester, Mass.) has been selected one of 10 finalists for the 2019 Fred Mitchell Outstanding Placekicker Award.
FRED MITCHELL AWARD FINALISTS
The award has been presented annually since 2009 to the nation's top placekicker from FCS, NCAA Divisions II and III, NAIA and NJCAA for excellence on the football field and in the community. The award is named for record-setting placekicker Fred Mitchell, who is in the Wittenberg University Athletic Hall of Fame and is an author, philanthropist and Chicago Tribune sports columnist. During the mid-1960s, Mitchell set the NCAA College Division record for career points scored by a kicker while playing in the Ohio Athletic Conference.
Thoreen was voted to the All-NESCAC First Team on special teams in November after he set a program single-season record with 10 made field goals. He led the NESCAC in field goal accuracy at 100 percent and was one of two Division III kickers who made all their attempts. He was 23-for-25 on extra-point attempts and finished second in the conference among kickers with 53 points.
Thoreen made the D3football.com Team of the Week and was named the NESCAC Special Teams Player of the Week after he tied a program record with three field goals and accounted for 11 points in a 31-28 win over Amherst College on Oct. 19. He made a 44-yarder -- the longest field goal in the conference all season -- that pulled the Continentals within 28-20 with 3:59 remaining in the fourth quarter, and his 40-yard boot with four seconds left gave Hamilton the three-point win over the Mammoths.
On Friday afternoons Thoreen drives a group of Hamilton students down to the elementary school in Clinton where they teach fourth and fifth graders basic Spanish terms during their lunch. Last fall he volunteered for two hours every Friday at Hope House, which is a soup kitchen in Utica, as part of his religious studies course. Last spring he went to the local Presbyterian Home to assist staff in transporting persons with disabilities to meals and social functions.