Goins Named Fred Mitchell Award Finalist

Eric Goins may be The Citadel's best kicker since Greg Davis.

Eric Goins may be The Citadel’s best kicker since Greg Davis.

The Citadel junior kicker Eric Goins is one of 10 finalists for the Fred Mitchell Award, it was announced Monday.

Goins broke The Citadel’s single-season made field goals record with 16 and also was a perfect 42-of-42 on PATs while adding 32 touchbacks on 74 kickoffs. The junior from Herndon, Virginia, ranked second in the Southern Conference with 42 PATs made and ranked third in the conference in made field goals and in kick scoring with an average of 6.9 points scored per game.

Goins also broke the school’s single-game records for made field goals and kick scoring with five and 17, respectively, in the Bulldogs’ 35-14 victory over VMI. He has two field goals among the top 10 longest in school history, a 49 yarder at Coastal Carolina that is tied for eighth on the program’s all-time list and a 48 yarder at South Carolina that is tied for 10th and is the longest made field goal by a Bulldog against an FBS opponent. His career totals of 90 points and 25 made field goals rank second in school history, and his 150 career points scored are fourth on the program’s all-time list.

Off the field, Goins is a Cadet Major serving as the Battalion Academic Officer where he takes an active role in assisting members of his battalion succeed academically. He completed the Army Cadet Leadership Course this summer and will enter the Army as a lieutenant after graduating from The Citadel. His volunteer activities include working at the Charleston Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired and The Citadel Knights of Columbus.

The Fred Mitchell Award is presented annually to the nation’s top collegiate kicker among FCS, Division II, Division III, NAIA and NJCAA teams. The award is named for Fred Mitchell, the record-setting kicker, Wittenberg University Athletic Hall of Famer, author, philanthropist and Chicago Tribune sports columnist. The recipient is chosen based on excellence on the field and in the community. The winner is announced in December, and the trophy is presented at the National Football Foundation Chicago Metro Chapter Awards Ceremony at Halas Hall in February.


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