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Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award

Announces 2017 Preseason Watch List

 

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Looking to become the first kicker to ever be named a Finalist three times, Auburn senior Daniel Carlson headlines the thirty-player Watch List for the 2017 Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award, as announced by the Palm Beach County Sports Commission.

After seeing Ka’imi Fairbairn and Zane Gonzalez, both now on NFL rosters, take home the trophy the last two years, Carlson is hoping the third time is the charm. He enters the 2017 season with 69 career field goals, the most by an active kicker, and a perfect streak on extra points, having made all 141 career attempts.

He is joined on the Watch List by 12 other kickers who have previously been named semifinalists, including Louisiana Tech senior Jonathan Barnes and Virginia Tech senior Joey Slye, the only other active kickers to have earned the semifinalist honor twice.

All 14 kickers who return to FBS after seasons kicking at least 20 field goals made the Watch List: Ohio sophomore Louie Zervos (29), Carlson (28), Cal senior Matt Anderson (22), Barnes (22), Minnesota junior Emmit Carpenter (22), Penn State senior Tyler Davis (22), Air Force senior Luke Strebel (22), Ole Miss senior Gary Wunderlich (22), Miami (FL) senior Michael Badgley (21), San Diego State junior John Baron II (21), Tulsa senior Redford Jones (21), Florida junior Eddy Pineiro (21), Wake Forest senior Mike Weaver (21) and Slye (20).

Among returning kickers who attempted at least 15 field goals, only 14 connected at a rate of at least 84%, and all of them found their way to the Watch List: Wunderlich (95.7), Carpenter (91.7), Davis (91.7), Baron II (91.3), San Jose State junior Bryce Crawford (88.9), Temple sophomore Aaron Boumerhi (88.2), Fresno State senior Kody Kroening (88.2), Strebel (88.0), Carlson (87.5), Anderson (84.6), Kentucky senior Austin MacGinnis (84.2), Louisville sophomore Blanton Creque (84.2), Middle Tennessee senior Canon Rooker (84.2) and Pineiro (84.0).

The Watch List also includes all six returning kickers who connected on multiple field goals from at least 50 yards away: Carlson (4), Pineiro (3), Carpenter (2), Vanderbilt senior Tommy Openshaw (2), New Mexico senior Jason Sanders (2), and Western Kentucky junior Skyler Simcox (2).

While the Watch List highlights 30 of the best returning kickers in the country, the Groza Committee will be watching all FBS kickers during the season, and releasing a weekly “Stars of the Week” feature on www.lougrozaaward.com. All FBS kickers remain eligible to be selected as semifinalists.

Accomplishments are tabulated throughout the season and the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award will announce its 20 semifinalists on Thursday, November 2nd. From this list, a panel of more than 100 FBS head coaches, SIDs, media members, former Groza finalists, and current NFL kickers selects the top three finalists for the award by Tuesday, November 21st. That same group then selects the national winner, who will be announced on Thursday, December 7th during the Home Depot College Football Awards Show.

The 26th Annual Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award, presented by the Orange Bowl Committee, recognizes the three finalists during a celebration in Palm Beach County, culminating with a gala awards banquet on December 4th.

The Award is named for National Football League Hall of Fame kicker Lou “The Toe” Groza, who played 21 seasons with the Cleveland Browns. Groza won four NFL championships with Cleveland and was named NFL Player of the Year in 1954. Although an All-Pro offensive lineman as well, Groza ushered in the notion that there should be a place on an NFL roster for a kicker.

For more information on the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award and to see the “Stars of the Week” throughout the season, please go to www.lougrozaaward.com. For even more updates on the best kicking performances throughout the season, follow @LouGrozaAward on Twitter.

 

National College Football Awards Association

The Lou Groza Award is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA), which encompasses college football’s most prestigious awards. Founded in 1997, the NCFAA and its 22 awards now boast over 800 recipients, dating to 1935.  Visit www.NCFAA.org to learn more about our story.

The members of the NCFAA are unveiling their preseason watch lists over a two-week period this month. Sixteen of the association’s 23 awards with the addition of Uplifting Athletes select a preseason watch list and the NCFAA has spearheaded a coordinated effort to promote each award’s preseason candidates. Following is the complete 2017 preseason watch list calendar:

 

Mon., July 10:         Bednarik Award / Maxwell Award

Tues., July 11:         Mackey Award / Rimington Trophy

Weds., July 12:        Lou Groza Award / Ray Guy Award

Thurs., July 13:        Bronko Nagurski Trophy / Outland Trophy

Fri., July 14:             Jim Thorpe Award

Mon., July 17:         Butkus Award / Paul Hornung Award

Tues., July 18:         Biletnikoff Award / Wuerffel Trophy

Weds., July 19:        Davey O’Brien Award

Thurs. July 20            Doak Walker Award

Thurs., July 20:        Walter Camp Award

 

 

About the Palm Beach County Sports Commission

The Palm Beach County Sports Commission is a private, not-for-profit organization contracted by Palm Beach County to promote and market the County as a sports and sports tourism destination. The Commission brings sporting events and activities to the County, enhances economic impact, stimulates bed tax revenues (primarily in the off-season), and maximizes utilization of County facilities. The Commission offers a full range of event service support, corporate partnerships, sponsorships and a local membership program that support its goals. Local, regional, national and international marketing efforts are ongoing by the Commission with sports organizations and event owners. The Commission also produces sports-related programs for the residents of Palm Beach County including the annual Lou Groza Award program, the Palm Beach County Sports Hall of Fame and  the Kids Fitness Festival of the Palm Beaches. For more information on the Palm Beach County Sports Commission, go to www.palmbeachsports.com.

Ricky Aguayo – Florida State

Class: Sophomore - Hometown: Mascotte, Florida

 

FGM

FGA

FG%

1-19

20-29

30-39

40-49

50+

LONG

XPM

XPA

PTS

19

26

73.1

0-0

5-5

7-7

7-13

0-1

47

51

52

108

 

 

Aguayo put himself in the record books after just one collegiate game, going 6-for-6 against Ole Miss to set the FSU record for most FGs in a game, the most ever by an FBS kicker in his debut game, and tying the all-time mark for most by a freshman in any game.

Matt Anderson – California

Class: Senior - Hometown: Danville, California

 

FGM

FGA

FG%

1-19

20-29

30-39

40-49

50+

LONG

XPM

XPA

PTS

22

26

84.6

1-1

11-11

4-5

6-9

0-0

47

51

51

117

 

 

A 2016 Groza semifinalist, Anderson matched Cal’s single-season record with 22 field goals and set a new Bears modern era mark with his 117 points. After just two seasons, he already ranks 10th on Cal’s all-time scoring list, and needs just 68 more points to become the school’s new all-time leader.

Stevie Artigue – Louisiana

Class: Junior - Hometown: Lafayette, Louisiana

 

FGM

FGA

FG%

1-19

20-29

30-39

40-49

50+

LONG

XPM

XPA

PTS

19

24

79.2

1-1

5-6

8-8

5-9

0-0

47

29

31

86

 

 

Artigue’s 19 field goals tied for second-most in Ragin’ Cajuns history, helping him to a team-leading 86 points. Four of those kicks came in a career-best 4-for-4 performance against in-state rival Tulane. The junior enters 2017 on a hot streak, having made his final 9 attempts of last season.

Michael Badgley – Miami (FL)

Class: Senior - Hometown: Summit, New Jersey

 

FGM

FGA

FG%

1-19

20-29

30-39

40-49

50+

LONG

XPM

XPA

PTS

21

26

80.8

0-0

6-8

5-7

9-9

1-2

51

53

55

116

 

 

A Groza semifinalist in 2015, Badgley is one of just three returning FBS kickers coming off back-to-back seasons with at least 20 field goals. His 60 career FGs are third-most among kickers who return this year. After setting the Hurricanes’ single-season record for FGs in 2015, last year’s 21 give him two of the school’s top three marks all-time.

Jonathan Barnes – Louisiana Tech

Class: Senior - Hometown: Baton Rouge, Louisiana

 

FGM

FGA

FG%

1-19

20-29

30-39

40-49

50+

LONG

XPM

XPA

PTS

22

27

81.5

0-0

8-9

5-6

8-10

1-2

54

77

78

143

 

 

A Groza semifinalist in both 2015 and 2016, Barnes led the nation in kick-scoring last season. While his 77 extra points also led the country, he didn’t make his living just on chip shots. His 9 FGs from at least 40 yards are tied for fifth-most by a returning FBS kicker, while his 54 yarder is tied for the longest by a kicker who returns this season.

John Baron II – San Diego State

Class: Junior - Hometown: Temecula, California

 

FGM

FGA

FG%

1-19

20-29

30-39

40-49

50+

LONG

XPM

XPA

PTS

21

23

91.3

0-0

7-7

8-8

5-6

1-2

50

56

58

119

 

 

A 2016 Groza semifinalist, Baron set San Diego State records for both the most field goals in a season and connecting at the highest accuracy rate in a season. Not only did his 119 points lead the team, but his overall performance saw him become the first Aztec kicker ever named to the All-Mountain West Conference first team.

Aaron Boumerhi – Temple

Class: Sophomore - Hometown: Philipsburg, Pennsylvania

 

FGM

FGA

FG%

1-19

20-29

30-39

40-49

50+

LONG

XPM

XPA

PTS

15

17

88.2

0-0

4-4

6-7

5-5

0-1

48

29

30

74

 

 

Perhaps no school should enter 2017 feeling more confident about their place-kicking than Temple, which saw Austin Jones (10-for-12) go down with an injury halfway through last season, only to watch Boumerhi step in without missing a beat.  The true freshman’s stand-in performance earned him a scholarship, and gives the Owls two of the nation’s best.

Drew Brown – Nebraska

Class: Senior - Hometown: Southlake, Texas

 

FGM

FGA

FG%

1-19

20-29

30-39

40-49

50+

LONG

XPM

XPA

PTS

12

14

85.7

0-0

4-4

4-4

3-4

1-2

51

38

38

74

 

 

A starter since Day 1 at Nebraska, Brown enters his senior season already as the school’s seventh-leading scorer and ranks third on the career field goal list. Among returning FBS kickers who made a 50+ yard field goal last year, his 85.7% accuracy rate is fifth-best.

Daniel Carlson – Auburn

Class: Senior - Hometown: Colorado Springs, Colorado

 

FGM

FGA

FG%

1-19

20-29

30-39

40-49

50+

LONG

XPM

XPA

PTS

28

32

87.5

2-2

 

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