Up Close with Mitch Ewald
Nov. 7, 2013
Mitch Ewald has put together an assault on Indiana's kicking records. The fifth-year senior is the school's all-time leader in field goals, field goal percentage and extra points. Ewald is also tops among kickers and second overall with 297 points. He is 51-of-62 (82.3 percent) in his career, with two blocked, and 144-of-145 (99.3) on extra points. Ewald, who is on the Lou Groza Award Watch List for the third straight year, is tied for seventh in field goals, eighth in PATs (tied) and total points, and is tied for ninth in field goal percentage among active kickers in the country.
Oh absolutely. Those guys are great to work with. I have a little motto that goes, `Snap good. Hold good. Kick good.' Those things have to happen first before I can do my job. Dooley and Toth both touch the ball before I can even kick it.
You've really improved your kickoff distance and accuracy this season, how much of a focus was that for you during the offseason?
When I came to Bloomington as a freshman, I didn't really have the leg strength, so it's been a focus of mine for awhile. Mark Hill and his staff have helped me get stronger and improved the kickoff area of my game. Field position can make a big difference and I've always wanted to be a complete kicker.
How does it feel to know that you're leaving a legacy at Indiana University, owning every kicking record in school history?
I've been humbled by the experience and the records. It feels good to know that all of the hard work has paid off. I was lucky enough to come in right after and learn a lot from Austin Starr, a Lou Groza Award finalist. I also got to meet Pete Stoyanvich and he was very complimentary. It's just an honor to be mentioned with those guys. I also get excited thinking about another guy in the future taking over my records and knowing that he'll have the feelings I've been fortunate to enjoy.
As a Chicagoland area guy, you rooting for the Cubs or White Sox?
Cubs for sure. I was raised that way, going to a lot of games at Wrigley growing up. It was a family thing. My dad's favorite player was Greg Maddux.
For your dream four-man golf scramble, where are you playing and who are you bringing with you?
Wow, that's a tough one. I'd have to say playing at Augusta. The tradition and the Masters is too much of a draw to pass up. I need to play against Tiger Woods and Bubba Watson. Also have to take along my boy Erich Toth, no doubt.
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