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Tuttle about to punt the ball. (Sarah Catan / The Signpost)

Despite the tough outing in the season opener against the Utah Utes, exciting news has been announced regarding one of the most efficient players on the Weber State University football team.

WSU kicker Trey Tuttle, an all-american sophomore from Arlington, Texas, has been named to the Fred Mitchell Award watch list, which consists of 33 other place kickers.

In Tuttle’s first collegiate season with the Wildcats, he was efficient while kicking field goals. Tuttle connected on nineteen of twenty-two attempts, which landed him fourth in the nation in field goal percentage at 86%. Tuttle made his first 14 attempts to start his career.

After the 2017 season, Tuttle was named a first team all-american by the Associated Press and Walter Camp Foundation. He also earned second team all-american honors from STATS.

Not only was Tuttle efficient in the field goal kicking department, but he also went 53 for 54 while kicking extra points. Tuttle contributed 116 points to the Wildcats record-breaking season and collected the fourth most points scored by an individual in school history.

Fred Mitchell is a collegiate hall of famer and record setting place kicker from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio.

The award is made eligible for football players who play for FCS, D2, D3 and NAIA schools. Tuttle is just 1 of 13 FCS players on the list which features four sophomores.

Updates will be announced throughout the season regarding the awards. This will continue until December, when the NCAA announces their year-end awards.

Tuttle and the ‘Cats will be in action again on Sept. 8 at Cal Poly. Last season, The Wildcats beat the Mustangs 17–3, with Tuttle contributing a 37-yard field goal and two extra points to the triumph.

WSU’s home opener will be on Sept. 15 against South Dakota. The Wildcats and Coyotes have not played since 2016, when South Dakota pulled out a 52–49 win in double overtime.

 

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