Cumberland University‚Äôs Beau Baker has been named one of the 10 finalists 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 will be honored on Feb. 17, 2014, at the National Football Foundation Chicago Chapter Awards Ceremony at Halas Hall in suburban Chicago. A total of 34 place-kickers were nominated for the award this year, with three from FCS and Division II schools and two each from Division III and NAIA. The finalists come from nine different states and include eight seniors and two juniors, while six of the finalists were on the Preseason Watch List for the 2013 Fred Mitchell Award.
Baker converted 12-of-13 field goals, including 12-for-12 inside 40 yards, and made 39-of-41 extra points during the campaign for the Bulldogs. The Mt. Juliet native and Friendship Christian School graduate ranked second on the team in scoring with 75 points.
The redshirt senior earned Mid-South Conference Special Teams Player of the Week honors in September after booting four field goals in a 41-31 victory at Belhaven University. He converted his first 26 extra point attempts of the year and was successful on the first 11 field goal attempts before missing at the end of the first half in the final game of the year.
Baker has also been active as a volunteer during his time at Cumberland, taking part in the football team‚Äôs clean-up efforts at Sherry‚Äôs Run during the month of September and participating in Field Day activities at Sam Houston Elementary School in Lebanon in October.
He also volunteered with Worship Without Walls, cleaning, organizing and painting rooms at the Mt. Juliet Senior Citizens Center, and was a team co-captain in Relay for Life this year as well.