WORCESTER – For the second consecutive season WPI's Spencer Herrington (Clearfield, PA) has been named to the Fred Mitchell Award watch list. It is the third time in four campaigns an Engineer made the cut for the month of September.
So far this season, Herrington was recognized as the NEWMAC Special Teams Player of the Week for his Week 1 performance at Anna Maria. Through five games, the aerospace engineering major is a NEWMAC-best 23-23 in PATs and second among kickers - sixth overall - with 41 points on the season. He also leads the conference with 12 punts landing inside the 20 and is second with an average of 38.3 yards per punt. Off the field, the senior is a Special Olympics volunteer and part of WPI Football's partnership with a child from Team IMPACT.
The first-ever NEWMAC Special Teams Athlete of the Week and Special Teams Athlete of the Year was also a D3football.com All-East first teamer after going 44-44 in extra points and 10-12 in field goal attempts a year ago. Herrington was also an All-Worcester Area second team honoree behind 2017 Fred Mitchell Award recipient Cole Tracy from Assumption. While absent from the list, Tracy is making an impact at the Division I level as a graduate student at LSU.
Academically, Herrington helped developed a mobile website for the Worcester Art Museum for his IQP while his MQP is titled, "Detection and Estimation of a Plume with an Unmanned Terrain Vehicle." In addition to community service activities already mentioned, the Dean's List honoree is a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity and Promotion of Animal Welfare Society.
He is one of two student-athletes on the list representing schools located in Massachusetts (Jake McIntyre – Harvard) and one of three hailing from the state of Pennsylvania (Jamie Fisher – Lycoming, Chris Puzzi - Colgate).
The Fred Mitchell Award recognizes 21 place-kickers for their excellence on the football field and for continued community service during their off-season. The recipient of the Fred Mitchell Award will be announced in mid-December based on performance on the football field and in the community. Details are provided at www.fredmitchellaward.com.
The breakdown of the 21 place-kickers is as follows:
• Collegiate Division – 7 FCS, 6 Division II, 7 Division III, and 1 NAIA
• State – the place-kickers play at schools located in 15 different states (CA, CT, IA, IL, IN, MA (2), MN (2), NC (2), NE, NH, NY (2), PA, TN, TX (2), and WI (2)).
• Year – 8 Seniors, 11 Juniors, and 2 Sophomores
Portions Release Courtesy Fred Mitchell Award Committee