Junior Tom Lynch (middle) poses with Fred Mitchell (left) and SXU football coach Mike Feminis (right)
Junior Tom Lynch (middle) poses with Fred Mitchell (left) and SXU football coach Mike Feminis (right)
Football - Tue, Feb. 22, 2011

Lake Forest, Ill. - Saint Xavier University junior place-kicker Tom Lynch (Frankfort, Ill./Southern Illinois University/Joliet Junior College/Lincoln-Way East) officially received his 2010 Fred Mitchell Award trophy Tuesday evening as part of the National Football Foundation Chicago Metro Chapter Awards Ceremony at Halas Hall in Lake Forest, Ill. The Award is given to the nation's top place-kicker in FCS, Division II, Division III and NAIA for excellence both on the football field and in the community. Over 600 place-kickers were eligible for the prestigious award that is named for Fred Mitchell, the All-American place-kicker from Wittenberg University and longtime sports columnist for the Chicago Tribune.

On the field last season, Lynch converted over 86 percent of his field goal attempts (13-for-15) on the season, including a 47-yarder. He also totaled 82 extra-point attempts and finished the year with 121 total points for the Cougars (second on the team). Within the community, Lynch participated in the school's annual service day where students perform various community service projects and volunteered at the Emergency Management Association at the Department of Homeland Security as well as at a local PADS homeless shelter and South Bridge Community Church summer day camp providing complimentary maintenance and lawn care services. In addition, he has served as a place-kicker tutor at his high school alma mater, Lincoln-Way East High School in Frankfort.

"There were dozens of terrific candidates for this award. In fact, 52 place-kickers were nominated by their schools for consideration," said Chris Kearney, the Award's Selection Committee Chairman. "Tom was on the Award's Watch List in August and we recognized him during the season for stellar performance. The voting results were extremely close this year."

A blue-ribbon Selection Committee evaluated place-kickers that are nominated by their schools. Members of the Pro and/or College Football Hall of Fame on the Selection Committee include: Tom Beck, Kevin Butler, Paul Hornung, Marv Levy, Steve McMichael, Don Pierson and Gale Sayers. Several former football players that are active in their communities are also on the Selection Committee including: Sean Gothier, Dan Jiggetts, Rick Kolaczewski, Jeff Michalczyk, Mark Murphy, Rob Perry, Jeff Schebler, Jay Sebben, Bob Thomas, Todd Wilkins, Gary Zauner and Rob Zvonar. There were nine former college or NFL place-kickers on the Selection Committee, including Schebler, the 2009 Fred Mitchell Award recipient and the highest-scoring place-kicker in NCAA history at any level.