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Southeast alum and River City Rage kicker Derek Kutz was named the United Indoor Football's Man of the Year for his philanthropic efforts (Photo courtesy of River City Rage Media Relations)
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Derek Kutz Named United Indoor Football's Man of the Year

Aug. 2, 2007

By Corey Miggins, Assistant Sports Information Director

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - Former Southeast Missouri State kicker Derek Kutz was named the United Indoor Football's (UIF) Man of the Year, the league announced Wednesday in a press release. Kutz is only the UIF's third recipient of the award which in its second year of existence.

Kutz, a native of Perryville, Mo., was honored for his philanthropic efforts after raising $10,164 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital at a golf tournament he hosted entitled "Touchdown For A Cure - Kickin' for the Kids of St. Jude". While a student-athlete at Southeast, Kutz created the "Touchdown For A Cure" foundation and has raised over $100,000 since 2004.

"Derek embodies the goodwill of United Indoor Football. We had 11 distinguished candidates for this award. Each of them has done outstanding work in their team's community. In Derek's case, his fundraising became personal after a family friend was diagnosed with cancer at a young age. He realized that community service is more than just making an appearance," said UIF Director of Communications Dave Holly in the press release.

In addition to raising money for cancer research, Kutz also excelled on the field in helping the River City Rage qualify for the UIL Playoffs in the team's first season with the league. He connected on 25 field goals, including two game-winners, and 49 extra points for 124 points which ranked him four among the league's kicking leaders. The Rage finished the year with a record of 9-6 and placed second in the Eastern Conference.

As a member of the Redhawks from 2001-04, Kutz converted 42 career field goals and 136 career extra points for 262 points. He led Southeast's leading scorer during the 2003 season with 75 points which included a career-best 15 field goals and a perfect 30-for-30 on extra point attempts. Kutz tallied a career-high 50 extra points in 2002 in helping the Redhawks post an 8-4 record and gain a season-ending national ranking of No. 24 by the Sports Network.


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