Athletics

Matt Rawson Earns NESCAC and Fred Mitchell Award Recognition

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Matt Rawson leads Amherst in scoring this season.

AMHERST, MA – Amherst College junior Matt Rawson (Bethesda, MD) continues to turn heads around the nation for his play this season as the place-kicker and punter for the 6-0 Lord Jeff football team. As the starter at place-kicker for the second straight season, Rawson has helped the Jeffs tie a program record for consecutive wins at 14.

For his play in leading the Amherst special teams unit to an amazing game in a 70-49 win over Tufts University on Saturday, Rawson was named the New England Small College Athletic Conference special teams Player of the Week for the second time this season. Rawson was also recognized as one of the 10 best kickers in Division III for the month of October by the Fred Mitchell Award this morning.

In 2010, Rawson leads the Lord Jeffs in scoring with 56 points. In addition to converting on 32 of 33 point-after-attempts this season, Rawson has drilled 6 of 7 field goals, with a long of 37-yards. Rawson had the best game of his career against the Jumbos on Saturday, though, scoring 16 points in the win without attempting a single field goal. In addition to making all 10 PATs he attempted in the game, Rawson sparked a 35-0 Amherst run when he took a fake field goal in for a 3-yard touchdown run.

Rawson has also handled punting duties for the Lord Jeffs this season, averaging 36.9 yards per punt over 29 attempts in 2010. With a long of 66 yards, Rawson has pinned the opposition inside its own 20-yard line 11 times with only two touchbacks. In his breakout game against Tufts, Rawson twice had the ball downed on the Jumbos’ 1-yard line to help Amherst control field position.

After six weeks of play, Rawson ranks second in the NESCAC in overall scoring per game with 9.3 points-per-game. He is the only kicker ranked in the top-5 in the conference, and leads all other kickers by nearly a two-to-one advantage. No other kicker has above 5.5 points-per-game.

Rawson and the Lord Jeffs will travel to Trinity (5-1) this weekend with hopes of heading into the final week of the season still undefeated. If Amherst can get by Trinity, and Williams (6-0) can top Wesleyan (4-2), the table will be set for a pair of undefeated teams taking the field when archrival Williams comes to Pratt Field on Nov. 13 for the season finale to determine the 2010 NESCAC Championship.