Sunday, December 19, 2010

SRU's C.J. Bahr leads team to victory in All American Bowl all-star game

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- Slippery Rock University senior kicking specialist C.J. Bahr booted three extra points and three field goals Saturday afternoon to lead the Stripes team to a 30-10 win over the Stars in the All American Bowl all-star game featuring players from NCAA Divisioin II and Division III schools and other free agents.

Bahr, a resident of Boalsburg and graduate of State College High School, was successful on all his extra-point attempts and added field goals from 27, 25 and 45 yards during the game played at the Gibson/Nagurski Football Field in the University of Minnesota's indoor sports complex.

"It was definitely fun and a good experience," Bahr said during a telephone interview Saturday night. "There were a lot of good players in the game."

Bahr's performance in the all-star game figures to enhance his chances to play professional football.

"I talked to a lot of agents and NFL scouts up here," Bahr said, "so I am going to work and train this spring to be ready in case I get a chance (to play pro football)."

CJ Bahr senior day
Bahr certainly has name recognition working in his favor. He is the son of former NFL kicker Chris Bahr and the nephew of ex-NFL booter Matt Bahr.

Bahr also made a name for himself during a four-year Rock career, as evidenced by the fact he is ranked third among NFL draft-eligible college-divisions kickers and 25th among all draft-eligible collegiate kickers by cbssports.com.

Bahr was twice named as a finalist for the Fred Mitchell Award presented to the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision, Division II or Division III or NAIA placekicker who excels on the football field and in the community.

He was also named as a first-team Daktronics all-region performer in 2010 and received first-team All-PSAC-Western Division honors for the second consecutive season.

A third-team Don Hansen's Football Gazette all-region performer in 2009, Bahr was The Rock’s No. 2 scorer in 2010 with 55 points on a 10-of-13 efficiency in field goal attempts and a 25-of-27 accuracy on extra points.

He holds SRU records for career field goals (35), single-season extra points (50 as a freshman in 2007) and consecutive extra points made (65). He ranks second in career extra points (135) and fifth in career points (242).

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