Football: Stevenson’s Micucci gets walk-on nod from NU as kicker
Matt Micucci, who played quarterback for Stevenson last fall, will be a preferred walk-on kicker at Northwestern. | Michelle LaVigne~Sun-Times Media
Updated: July 3, 2012 10:43AM
Stevenson High School senior Matt Micucci, a quarterback/placekicker/punter on the Patriots football team, has been accepted into Northwestern University’s McCormick School of Engineering — and also has accepted an offer from Wildcats head coach Pat Fitzgerald as a preferred walk-on kicker for the 2012 season.
The 5-foot-11, 190-pound Micucci was Stevenson’s starting QB, kicker and punter during the 2011 campaign. A team captain (and Huddle Group Leader), Micucci helped the Patriots post a 9-3 record, including a 2-1 mark in the IHSA Class 8A playoffs.
As a kicker, Micucci converted 25 point-after touchdown attempts, booted eight field goals and had 90 percent of his kickoffs result in touchbacks. Playing QB, he threw for 1,600 yards and 12 touchdowns, and also scored a pair of TDs.
Among numerous postseason honors, Micucci was named to the North Suburban Conference All-Academic Team and the Pioneer Press All-Lake Shore First Team.
Micucci holds a 4.2 grade-point average at Stevenson, and is an AP Scholar, an Illinois State Scholar and a member of the National Honor Society. He also remains involved in several community service projects as a volunteer, and works as a tutor for younger students through the Kumon Learning Center as well.