October 29, 2013

Ferris State Senior Kicker Austin Kantola Honored On October List Of Excellence

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Big Rapids, Mich. - Ferris State University senior kicker Austin Kantola (Ravenna) has been recognized for his efforts by being named Tuesday to The Fred Mitchell Award list of excellence for the month of October.

Kantola is one of 23 seniors and just one of nine Division II kickers to be honored during October on the list of 35 placekickers across college football announced by The Fred Mitchell Award organization for excellence on and off the football field. Nominations are submitted by sports information directors across the country.

The monthly honorees are considered as potential nominees for the annual Fred Mitchell Award, which is provided to the nation's top collegiate place-kicker among more than 750 FCS, Division II, Division III, NAIA and NJCAA football teams at the end of the year. The award is named for Fred Mitchell, who was a record-setting place-kicker and Hall of Famer at Wittenberg University, who also was a sports columnist for the Chicago Tribune.

The recipient of The Fred Mitchell Outstanding Place-Kicker Award will be announced in mid-December based on their performance on the field and in the community. 

A senior from Ravenna, Kantola is currently six-of-eight on field goal tries this season for the Bulldogs and has connected on 39-of-41 PAT attempts.  He's FSU's second-leading scorer to date this year with 57 points, which included 12 points the Bulldogs' 54-44 home win over rival Grand Valley State on Oct. 12 to keep the Anchor-Bone Trophy.

Kantola, who's been the Bulldogs' primary place kicker the last two years, currently ranks among the Bulldogs' all-time leaders in made field goals and is averaging 59 yards on 55 kickoffs to date this campaign.  He's also been actively involved in Ferris State football's various community service efforts throughout his collegiate career.

A year ago, Kantola finished 43-of-47 on PAT tries and was five-of-nine on field goals. He's a three-year letterwinner and has also claimed GLIAC All-Academic Team accolades as a collegiate student-athlete.

After two weeks on the road, the Ferris State University football team returns home this Saturday (Nov. 2) to host Wayne State in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) North Division action at FSU's Top Taggart Field. Kickoff for the contest is slated for 12 p.m. (ET).

Ferris State currently owns a 5-3 overall record to date this season and is second in the GLIAC North Division standings with a 5-2 conference record.  The Bulldogs recorded their first win at Michigan Tech in 15 years this past Saturday (Oct. 26) in come from behind fashion with a 30-27 triumph. 

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