Garrett Mohr, of Thomson, is one of 15 freshmen on the first Watch List for the inaugural Jerry Rice Award. The Jerry Rice Award honors 15 outstanding freshmen in the Football Championship Subdivision.
Mohr attended Briarwood Academy for several years and graduated from Lincoln County High School in 2011. He is now the freshman punter for Jacksonville University in Florida. He is averaging 42.2 yards per kick on 19 punts and kicked one 63 yards against The Citadel. Mohr is also the holder on extra points and can play quarterback.
Mohr was named the Augusta Sports Council Punter of the Year last year during the 13th annual All-Area Football Banquet presented by The Augusta Chronicle, WRDW-TV News 12 and the Augusta Sports Council. Mohr averaged about 40 yards a punt and also threw for more than 500 yards as Lincoln County's backup quarterback. He helped lead the school to the Class A quarterfinals.
The Jerry Rice Award is presented by the Sports Network and sponsored by Fathead.com. A national panel of sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters, writers and other dignitaries will select the winner at the end of the regular season. Rice, who played in the FCS (then Division I-AA) at Mississippi Valley State, will present the award at the national banquet on Jan. 6 in Frisco, Texas.
Mohr is the son of former NFL punter Chris Mohr, who lives in Thomson.