Jan. 3, 2014
Cullowhee, N.C. - Western Carolina junior place kicker Richard Sigmon was named to the 16th annual Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association (FCS ADA) All-Star Team released Friday. Sigmon was one of 43 recipients chosen from among 90 national nominees.
Sigmon is the third Catamount football player over the past two seasons to earn recognition on the All-Star team - and the sixth Catamount selected all-time. He was also one of six representatives on the honorary squad from the Southern Conference, matching the most selections from any one league, joining the Missouri Valley and Ohio Valley Conferences.
Sigmon saw action in all 12 of Western Carolina's games in 2013, handling the placekicking and kickoff duties for the Catamounts. He averaged nearly 54 yards per kickoff on 48 attempts with six touchbacks in the fall.
All told, Sigmon ranked seventh in the SoCon in terms of kick scoring, averaging 4.4 points per game including 23 made PATs and 10 made field goals. Sigmon finished 10-of-13 (76.9%) on field goals - third in the league among kickers with 10-or-more attempts - while his 0.83 field goals per game average ranked him fifth in the SoCon. He also connected on a career-long 49-yard kick at Auburn.
A native of Mount Holly, N.C., Sigmon earned weekly recognition from the SoCon - and an honorable mention at place kicker from the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) - in the days after Western Carolina's memorable Homecoming Day victory over Elon that snapped the program's 26-game winless drought in league play. Sigmon was invaluable in the winning effort, opening the game's scoring with a 41-yard field goal before connecting on all three PAT's including the game-tying boot at the end of regulation. Then, in the extra session, he booted the game-winning 39-yard field goal that set off a field-storming celebration at E.J. Whitmire Stadium / Bob Waters Field.
In addition, Sigmon is a two-time Fall Academic All-Southern Conference recipient, earning the honor both in 2012 and 2013 - both of the years in which he has been eligible for the award. After the fall, 2013 semester, Sigmon boasts a 3.91 cumulative grade point average (GPA) while majoring in accounting.
"The FCS ADA is honored to present this prestigious award to our football student-athletes each year," stated FCS ADA President Brian Hutchinson, director of athletics, Morehead State University. "Each year, these young men epitomize the definition of student-athlete, both in the classroom and on the field. Our Association is pleased to recognize their accomplishments annually."
Football student-athletes from all FCS institutions are eligible for the prestigious award. Each of the nominees was required to have a minimum grade point average of 3.20 (on a 4.00 scale) in undergraduate study, and have been a starter or key player with legitimate athletics credentials. He must have reached his second year of athletics and academic standing at the nominated institution and have completed a minimum of one full academic year at the nominated institution. He must also have participated in 50 percent of the games played at his designated position.
Western Carolina's FCS ADA All-Star Team Selections:
2013 - Richard Sigmon, placekicker
2012 - Conner Orr, tight end & Rock Williams, linebacker
2003 - Jason Whaley, offensive line; Finalist for Division I ADA Postgraduate Scholarship
2002 - Jason Whaley, offensive line
2000 - Caesar Campana, wide receiver