Duncan named finalist for Fred Mitchell Award

Duncan named finalist for Fred Mitchell Award

CHICAGO, Ill.  – Carson-Newman kicker Curt Duncan is one of 10 finalists for the Fred Mitchell Award for 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  Dec. 11; he will be honored on Feb. 18, 2013 at the National Football Foundation Chicago Chapter Awards ceremony. 

The junior from Morristown, Tenn.-native was tops for Carson-Newman in scoring, leading the team with 102 points – the most points scored in a season by a kicker in school history.  Duncan breaks a 14-year-old record set in 1998 by Ryan Fleming, who scored 92 points in that season. 

Duncan connected on 14 of his 15 field goals and all 60 of his extra points. 

The 54-yard field goal he blasted against Tusculum Nov. 3 was the longest in school history. 

The four-time SAC Special Teams Player of the Week also became the first C-N kicker to make four field goals in a game for the first time since 1984 – he accomplished that feat twice this year, against Lenoir-Rhyne in September and in the quarterfinals of the DII playoffs against Valdosta State. 

Duncan's 17 (four field goals and five extra points) points against the Bears in September were the most ever by a C-N kicker. 

When he's not destroying footballs with his feat, Duncan spends time as a volunteer coach and referee for youth basketball and soccer leagues.  He interns at Manley Baptist Church's student ministry and serves at local missions projects each summer with Appalachia Outreach and Food on Foot. 

Duncan has also garnered all-region and all-conference honors in his junior year. 

The junior was raised in the mission fields of South Africa and plans to continue missions work upon graduation from Carson-Newman. 

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