WILLIAMSBURG — After establishing himself as one of the nation’s top place kickers, William & Mary standout Caden Bonoffski was selected as a finalist for the Fred Michell Award.
The national honor, which includes a distinguished list of 10 finalists, celebrates place kickers for excellence on the field and in the community in the FCS, Division II, III, NAIA and NJCAA.
A first-team All-CAA selection, Bonoffski finished the regular season ranked fourth nationally in field goal percentage (.889) and seventh in field goals made per game (1.45). Both figures led the conference, while he also ranked third in the league in scoring among kickers (6.6).
In addition to making 16-of-18 field goal attempts, he connected on 8-of-9 kicks from 40+ yards. His 16 made field goals ranks ninth on W&M’s single-season list. Additionally, he was perfect on PATs (25-25).
One of his best performances came in the win against Wofford in which he connected on all three of his field goal attempts, as he was chosen as the CAA Special Teams Player of the Week.
A graduate transfer, Bonoffski joined the Tribe this season after a standout career at Davidson where he was a two-time All-Pioneer selection. He finished his career with the Wildcats ranked fourth on the program’s all-time scoring list (209).
Very active in the community, the Huntersville, N.C., native’s philanthropic efforts include being a member of PACE (Progress, Advocate, Cooperate and Educate) for racial injustice by advocating for unity, equality, and unity through on-campus events (Davidson College) and volunteering for Room in the Inn and the Best Buddies organization. Bonoffski also serves as a mentor for teens with Type 1 diabetes through JDRF and a camp counselor for youth with Type 1 diabetes. He has served more than 200 hours at a hospital, also advocating for stream protection and restoration, and has even started a social media group for native trout conservation. Caden also mentors several youth kickers and volunteers at local schools (Davidson, N.C.).