SRU Good News for Dec. 15, 2009
SRU's C.J. Bahr kicks way to inaugural Mitchell Award nomination
CHICAGO - C.J. Bahr, a Slippery Rock University junior kicking specialist on The Rock's football squad, is one of 10 finalists for the inaugural Fred Mitchell Outstanding Place-Kicker Award presented to the NCAA Division II or Division III kicker who excels on the football field and in the community.
The award is sponsored by the National Football Foundation Chicago Metro Chapter and is named for Fred Mitchell, a record-setting place-kicker, Wittenberg University Hall of Famer, author, philanthropist and Chicago Tribune sports columnist.
The selection committee includes nine members of the Pro and/or College Football Hall of Fame and eight former college or NFL kickers.
Bahr and the other nine finalists for the award were selected from a pool of more than 390 nominees. The winner will be announced Dec. 21 and the winner's school will receive scholarship funds from the NFFCMC.
The Mitchell Award will be presented Feb. 22 as part of the NFFCMC Awards Ceremony at Halas Hall in Chicago.
Name recognition worked in favor of Bahr, a son of former Penn State and NFL kicker Chris Bahr and nephew of former PSU/NFL kicker Matt Bahr.
The SRU student has also carved an impressive niche for himself as The Rock's kicking specialist. A junior from Boalsburg, he ranks second in school history in extra points (112 of 116), third in career field goals (25 of 40) and seventh in career scoring (187 points).
A first-team All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference-Western Division selection in 2009, Bahr led The Rock in scoring with 54 points on a 27-for-28 efficiency in PATs and a 9-for-14 showing on field goals. He kicked a career-best 48-yarder Oct. 3 against Mercyhurst and came up just short on a 49-yard attempt the following week against IUP. He averaged 56 yards per kickoff.
As a freshman in 2007, Bahr set a school record with 50 PATs in 53 attempts. He had a school-record string of 65 consecutive PATs snapped by a block Oct. 17 at Gannon. That string stretched to the 2007 season finale at Edinboro and included a perfect 35-of-35 efficiency during the 2008 season.
Off the football field, Bahr tutors underprivileged youth at the I Care House in New Castle and assists with YMCA youth soccer and football clinics in the State College area. He served as a volunteer at the 2009 State Cup youth soccer competition and is developing a marketing plan for the State College Spikes minor-league baseball team. He served as a Spikes intern last summer.
Other finalists for the award are Alex Beard of Quincy, Craig Burgess of IUP, Jay Carpenter of Mount Union, Gordon Craig of Dickinson, Zack Harris of Wittenberg, Nick Hope of Wayne State, Garrett Lindholm of Tarleton State, Garrett Rolsma of Central Washington and Jeff Schebler of Wisconsin-Whitewater.
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