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2013-12-11 Muzljakovich named a top 10 finalist for the Fred Mitchell Award
2013 Fred Mitchell award

Muzljakovich named a top 10 finalist for the Fred Mitchell Award

Author: Nick Birkey
Posted: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 11:18 AM
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December 11, 2013 – Ten finalists have been named 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 place-kicker chosen for this Award will be announced on December 18, and he will be honored on February 17, 2014 at the National Football Foundation Chicago Chapter Awards Ceremony at Halas Hall in suburban Chicago. Details about the Award and the Blue-Ribbon Selection Committee are provided at www.fredmitchellaward.com.

There were 34 place-kickers nominated for this Award. The breakdown of the 10 finalists is as follows:

• Collegiate Division – 3 FCS, 3 Division II, 2 Division III, 2 NAIA, 0 NJCAA

• State – the place-kickers play at schools located in 9 different states

• Year – 8 Seniors, 2 Juniors, 0 Sophomores, 0 Freshmen

• Included on the Preseason Watch List for the 2013 Fred Mitchell Award – 6

One of the 10 finalists and only one of two representing the NAIA is Olivet Nazarene University senior placekicker Andrew Muzljakovich. The information used to nominate him for the award is below.

ANDREW MUZLJAKOVICH

Olivet Nazarene University (Illinois) – NAIA

Senior from Vicksburg, MI….2nd on the Tigers in scoring with 58 points from 13 of 17 FG’s and 19 f 19 PAT’s ...2012 Fred Mitchell Award Finalist….named Mid-States Football Association Midwest League Special Teams Player of the Week four times in 2013 and nine times in his career….ranks 4th all-time in school history with 197 points… averaged 62 yards on 43 kickoffs….Orphan Outreach volunteer including mission trip to Guatemala to help the children at orphanages celebrate Christmas….collected food door-to-door for a local food pantry….helped remodel a local home and improve the landscaping for the school’s Habitat for Humanity