William and Mary junior placekicker Nick Dorka Jr has been selected to the Fred Mitchell Award Watch List.
The national honor, which includes 27 of the country's top placekickers at the FCS, D-II, D-III and NAIA levels, honors excellence both on the field and in the community. The award will be announced in mid-December.
Honored as a 2016 preseason All-American by STATS and Athlon, Dorka established himself as one of the nation's elite placekickers last fall when he garnered All-America distinction from the Associated Press, STATS and College Sporting News. The first-team All-CAA honoree connected on 21 of 25 field goal attempts and all 47 extra-point tries in 2015, while he ranked fourth nationally in field goals made per game (1.62). Additionally, he ranked 10th nationally in field goal percentage (.840) and 11th in scoring (8.5).
Dorka made 5 of 6 field goal attempts from beyond 40 yards, with the lone missing coming from 51 yards.
Dorka has also participated in multiple team sponsored car washes in recent years, benefiting various local organizations.
William and Mary rallied to earn a 3-3 draw in its exhibition opener against Old Dominion on Monday night at Martin Family Stadium at Albert-Daly Field.
Redshirt sophomore Graham Guidry put away a penalty kick in the 90th minute to level the score for William and Mary. Sophomores Antonio Bustamante and Ryder Bell added the other goals for the Tribe.
The early part of the first half was back and forth trying to establish possession with the Tribe firing the first two shots of the game. Senior Reilly Maw had a shot blocked, before redshirt freshman Cole Smith had a shot saved on the ensuing corner kick.
William and Mary finishes preseason play Saturday at George Mason and the regular season starts Aug. 26 against George Washington.
William and Mary won 5-0 in its lone exhibition against Liberty at home Friday.
Senior Haley Kavanaugh, junior Rachel Moore, redshirt freshman Sarah Segan (2), and sophomore Mackenzie Kober all scored for the Tribe. Sophomore Claire Robbins had a pair of assists in the win.
The Tribe opens the season Friday at East Carolina.