PLACE-KICKER ON FRED MITCHELL AWARD WATCH LIST
July 31, 2012
MARTIN, Tenn. – Cody Sandlin, a senior place-kicker on The University of Tennessee at Martin football team, is one of 44 players on the 2012 Fred Mitchell Award Watch List.
Sandlin, from Goodlettsville, Tenn., led the team in 2011 scoring with 87 points from 14 of 17 field goals and 45 of 48 Point-After-Attempts. He made a career-long 53-yard field goal in season finale against Eastern Kentucky. He was named an All-Ohio Valley Conference first team selection and scored 13 points in 61-23 win over Austin Peay on Oct. 8. He scored six points in 24-23 win over Eastern Illinois on Oct. 22. Sandlin was an OVC Specialist of the Week nominee for his performance against Murray State where he scored 12 points. He averaged 56 yards on 60 kickoffs in 2011.
Off the field, Sandlin participates in all team community service projects since his freshman year, including cleaning up the Union City Park after an ice storm; Santa’s Village event; and food-drive volunteer for two years for Martin Parks and Recreation.
“These place-kickers are terrific on the football field and off the field representing their schools, their football teams, their conferences, their communities, their families and themselves,” the award’s selection committee chairman Chris Kearney said.
The Watch List includes place-kickers from more than 750 eligible colleges.
“It is a pleasure to include these fine young men on the Watch List for this award,” Fred Mitchell said. “We are delighted to recognize the kickers based on outstanding performance in the community and expectations going into the 2012 college football season. It is also a thrill to see so many familiar names on the Watch List, including 22 place-kickers that were finalists for the award last season.”
The breakdown of the 44 place-kickers is as follows:
Collegiate Division – 16 FCS, 11 Division II, 14 Division III, 0 NAIA and 3 NJCAA
State – the place-kickers play at schools located in 25 different states, five play at schools in Pennsylvania
Year – 23 Seniors, 14 Juniors, 7 Sophomores