Football | 10/24/2016 3:14:00 PM
Just one day after being named Specialist of the Week by the OVC, senior kicker Connor Mitchell of the Murray State football team was named as National Special Teams Player of the Week by STATS.
Mitchell set an MSU single-game record by making six field goals Saturday in the Racers' 40-38 upset of No. 15 Eastern Illinois in Charleston. He made at least one field goal in each quarter of the game and had makes from 37, 36, 37, 49, 25 and 29 yards out. With six field goals and two extra points, Mitchell's 20 total points accounted for exactly half of MSU's scoring in the game.
The Franklin, Tennessee native currently leads the nation in field goals per game at 2.0, is 17th in the country and second in the OVC in field goal percentage at 77.8 and is 23rd in the nation and first in the OVC in scoring with 8.3 points per game. In addition, his six field goals against EIU is the most by any kicker in the FCS this season and is tied for the most by a kicker at any level of NCAA football.
Mitchell and the rest of the Racers return to action Saturday when they host No. 25 Tennessee State at Roy Stewart Stadium for Homecoming 2016. Kickoff is scheduled for 3 p.m.