Matt Rawson '12 Named All-New England by Football Writers

BOSTON, MA – Amherst College junior Matt Rawson (Bethesda, MD) was named a 2010 New England Football Writers Division II/III All-New England selection this afternoon as a placekicker. Thirty-one players representing twenty-one different teams earned honors for 2010, including eight NESCAC players from four different schools in the conference.

Today’s award is just the latest in an amazing season for Rawson, who was twice named the NESCAC Special Teams Player of the Week en route to a 2010 First Team All-NESCAC selection. Additionally, Rawson is a finalist for the 2010 Fred Mitchell Award – given annually to the top kicker in the nation. Rawson was honored on the Fred Mitchell Watch List for his play in October.

Amherst’s leading scorer in 2010 with 67 points on 9 of 10 field goals, 34 of 36 extra points and one rushing touchdown, Rawson had the single greatest season ever produced by a kicker for the Jeffs. Rawson set a school record with nine field goals in the season. Scoring a career-high 16 points in a 70-49 win over Tufts, Rawson was 10 for 10 on PATs, and scored his only touchdown of the year on a three yard run on a fake field goal.

As Amherst’s punter, Rawson booted 40 punts this season with an average of 36.9 yards per attempt. With a long of 66 yards and 19 kicks downed inside the opposition’s 20-yard line, Rawson was also one of the elite punters in the conference this season. In the win over Tufts, Rawson twice had punts downed on the one-yard line.