BLOOMSBURG- Senior Jon Koenig (Pine Grove/Pine Grove) was one of 13 players to be recognized by the Fred Mitchell Award for the month of September. The award recognizes NCAA Division II and Division III place kickers for excellence on the football field and in the community.
Koenig was a perfect 8-for-8 in extra points last month, extending his streak to 73 consecutive point-after-touchdown attempts, which dates back to 2007. The senior tied a career-long with a 42-yard field goal against California (Pa.), then set a new personal-best the next week with a 47-yarder against Mercyhurst, and then again set a new career-long and tied the school-record with a 50-yard field goal the next week against Kutztown. Koenig is currently tied-for-fourth in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) with 155 made extra points during his career.
In the community, Koenig has worked with the Orangeville Cornhuskers youth football camp and has also helped with the recruitment of donors for blood drives on campus.
The annual Fred Mitchell Outstanding Place-Kicker Award is provided to the nation's top collegiate place-kicker among the approximately 150 Division II and 240 Division III football teams. The Award is named for Fred Mitchell, the record-setting place-kicker, Wittenberg University Athletic Hall of Famer, author, philanthropist and Chicago Tribune sports columnist. The Award's Watch List is released in August, top performers will be recognized monthly during the college football season, and the winner will be announced in mid-December. The school of the Award winner will receive scholarship funds and the Fred Mitchell Award trophy will be presented on February 22, 2010 at the National Football Foundation Chicago Metro Chapter Awards Ceremony at Halas Hall.