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Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award Announces 2013 Preseason Watch List

July 10, 2013

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Looking to become just the second repeat winner in Groza history, Tulane senior Cairo Santos headlines the thirty-player Watch List for the 2013 Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award, as announced by the Palm Beach County Sports Commission.

Santos won the 2012 Groza with the first 21-for-21 field goal season in FBS history. If he defends his title, he would join former Florida State kicker Sebastian Janikowski (1998 & 1999) as the only players to win multiple Grozas. In addition to last year’s winner, 10 other semifinalists from last season return, including San Jose State sophomore Austin Lopez, whose 17-for-17 season made him the only other kicker to stay perfect on field goals with at least one attempt per game.

Coming just short of perfection, all eight returning kickers who attempted at least 10 field goals and connected on better than 85% make the Watch List: Northwestern senior Jeff Budzien (95%), Clemson senior Chandler Catanzaro (94.7%), Eastern Michigan sophomore Dylan Mulder (90.9%), Boston College senior Nate Freese (90%), Colorado State junior Jared Roberts (90%), Michigan senior Brendan Gibbons (88.9%), Oregon State junior Trevor Romaine (88.9%) and Duke sophomore Ross Martin (87%).

Moving from accuracy to volume, all eight returning kickers who converted at least 20 field goals were also part of the Watch List: Toledo junior Jeremiah Detmer (24), Rice senior Chris Boswell (23), Notre Dame junior Kyle Brindza (23), TCU sophomore Jaden Oberkrom (22), Santos (21), Virginia Tech senior Cody Journell (20), Martin (20), and Vanderbilt senior Carey Spear (20).

Kickers on the Lou Groza Award Watch List were chosen based on statistics from the 2012 season and 2013 expectations. Ten conferences are represented among the 30 kickers, led by four each from the ACC, Big Ten, Conference USA and the MAC, while the Mountain West placed three representatives. The American, Big 12, Pac-12, SEC and the Sun Belt each had two kickers recognized, along with independent Notre Dame. While the Watch List highlights thirty of the best returning kickers in the country, Santos, who was not on the 2012 Watch List, stands as proof that the Groza Committee will be watching all FBS kickers during the season, and releasing a weekly “Stars of the Week” feature on lougrozaaward.com.

Accomplishments are tabulated throughout the season and the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award will announce its 20 semifinalists on Monday, November 4th. From this list, a panel of more than 300 FBS head coaches, SIDs, media members, and former winners selects the top three finalists for the award by Monday, November 25th. That same group then selects the national winner, who will be announced on Thursday, December 12th during the Home Depot College Football Awards, broadcast live from Orlando, Fla.

The 22nd Annual Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award, presented by the Orange Bowl Committee, recognizes the three finalists during an early week celebration in Palm Beach County, culminating with a gala awards banquet on December 10th, prior to joining ESPN in Orlando.

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 lougrozaaward.com. For even more updates on the best kicking performances throughout the season, follow @LouGrozaAward on Twitter.

2013 Lou Groza Award Watch List (In Alpabteical Order)

Chris Boswell – Rice

Class: Senior - Hometown: Keller, Texas

FGM

FGA

FG%

1-19

20-29

30-39

40-49

50+

LONG

XPM

XPA

PTS

23

29

79.3

0-0

8-8

4-5

5-8

6-8

57

45

47

114

A semifinalist for the Groza in both 2011 and 2012, Boswell was the nation’s top kicker from long distance last season. His six field goals from 50 yards or longer were the most in one season by any FBS kicker since Colorado’s Mason Crosby in 2004. He enters the year 20 field goals away from becoming Conference USA’s all-time leading field goal kicker.

Kyle Brindza – Notre Dame

Class: Junior - Hometown: Canton, Michigan

FGM

FGA

FG%

1-19

20-29

30-39

40-49

50+

LONG

XPM

XPA

PTS

23

31

74.2

1-1

10-11

8-11

3-7

1-1

52

28

29

97

The Fighting Irish have been playing football for 125 years, but look in the record books and it’s Kyle Brindza’s name atop the kicking lists. His 23 field goals last season were the most in school history, as were his 97 points. He also matched the school record with his five field goals against rival USC.

Jeff Budzien – Northwestern

Class: Senior - Hometown: Hartland, Wisconsin

FGM

FGA

FG%

1-19

20-29

30-39

40-49

50+

LONG

XPM

XPA

PTS

19

20

95

2-2

5-5

6-6

6-6

0-1

44

50

50

107

A 2012 Groza semifinalist, Budzien’s 19-for-20 season set the Northwestern record for highest field goal percentage. He paired that with a perfect 50-for-50 extra point campaign that extends his streak to a still-active 101 straight PATs. Budzien was named first-team All-Big Ten by the conference’s coaches, the first Northwestern kicker to receive the honor since 1997.

Chandler Catanzaro – Clemson

Class: Senior - Hometown: Greenville, South Carolina

FGM

FGA

FG%

1-19

20-29

30-39

40-49

50+

LONG

XPM

XPA

PTS

18

19

94.7

1-1

9-9

3-3

4-5

1-1

50

57

59

111

A semifinalist for the Groza in both 2011 and 2012, Catanzaro’s 94.7 field goal percentage was the fourth-best mark in the nation last season. Since walking on as a freshman, he has started and scored a point in every game Clemson has played, most recently kicking a last-second field goal to beat LSU 25-24 in the 2012 Chick-Fil-A Bowl.

Brian Davis – Arkansas State

Class: Senior - Hometown: Brentwood, Tennessee

FGM

FGA

FG%

1-19

20-29

30-39

40-49

50+

LONG

XPM

XPA

PTS

17

21

81

0-0

9-10

5-7

3-4

0-0

47

53

56

104

A 2012 Groza semifinalist, Davis became the first player in Arkansas State history, regardless of position, to top 100 points scored in a single season, thanks to his 17 field goals and school-record 53 extra points. He earned Groza Star of the Week honors with a 5-for-5 performance, one of 11 multiple field goal games in his career.

Jeremiah Detmer – Toledo

Class: Junior - Hometown: Hilliard, Ohio

FGM

FGA

FG%

1-19

20-29

30-39

40-49

50+

LONG

XPM

XPA

PTS

24

29

82.8

0-0

13-14

5-7

6-7

0-1

47

44

47

116

Detmer’s school-record 24 field goals last season were the most by any kicker who returns to college football in 2013. He got better as the year went on, connecting on each of his final 17 field goal attempts, including a 5-for-5 performance against Cincinnati.

Nick Diaz – Utah State

Class: Junior - Hometown: Redondo Beach, California

FGM

FGA

FG%

1-19

20-29

30-39

40-49

50+

LONG

XPM

XPA

PTS

10

13

76.9

0-0

3-4

2-2

4-5

1-2

53

40

40

70

Despite only playing in Utah State’s final seven games of the season, Diaz still finished second on the team in points scored, averaging 10 per game. Called into action in the middle of the season, Diaz stepped in and booted a 53-yard field goal on his first career attempt for the Aggies.

Mitch Ewald – Indiana

Class: Senior - Hometown: Naperville, Illinois

FGM

FGA

FG%

1-19

20-29

30-39

40-49

50+

LONG

XPM

XPA

PTS

15

20

75

2-2

5-6

3-4

5-7

0-1

46

42

43

87

At 44-for-55 for his career, Ewald is Indiana University’s all-time field goal percentage leader, and the eighth most accurate active kicker in the nation. He’s been even better in conference, going 29-for-35 in Big Ten games. He had connected on 100 straight PATs before his first career miss last season.

Nate Freese – Boston College

Class: Senior - Hometown: Strongsville, Ohio

FGM

FGA

FG%

1-19

20-29

30-39

40-49

50+

LONG

XPM

XPA

PTS

18

20

90

1-1

6-6

9-9

2-3

0-1

45

24

24

78

One of just six kickers in FBS last season to pair double-digit field goals with a 90% accuracy rate, Freese was perfect on all 16 attempts within 40 yards. He also converted all 24 extra points for the Eagles, and is now 74-for-76 on PATs in his career.

Andrew Furney – Washington State

Class: Senior - Hometown: Burlington, Washington

FGM

FGA

FG%

1-19

20-29

30-39

40-49

50+

LONG

XPM

XPA

PTS

14

20

70

1-1

6-6

1-3

5-8

1-2

60

25

26

67

Furney’s 60-yard field goal against Eastern Washington was the longest of the season by a full-time placekicker, and the second longest in both Washington State and Pac-12 history. He closed out the season with a 3-for-3 performance that included an overtime winner to give the Cougars the Apple Cup. He was a semifinalist for the Groza in 2011.

Brendan Gibbons – Michigan

Class: Senior - Hometown: West Palm Beach, FL

FGM

FGA

FG%

1-19

20-29

30-39

40-49

50+

LONG

XPM

XPA

PTS

16

18

88.9

1-1

6-6

6-6

2-4

1-1

52

45

45

93

A 2012 Groza semifinalist, Gibbons furthered his reputation as one of the country’s top clutch kickers with a game-winner against Michigan State and a last-second field goal against Northwestern to send the game to overtime. In 2008, he was a co-winner of Palm Beach County’s High School Placekicker of the Year, also presented by the Lou Groza Award.

Warren Harvey – East Carolina
Class: Junior - Hometown: Greenville, North Carolina

FGM

FGA

FG%

1-19

20-29

30-39

40-49

50+

LONG

XPM

XPA

PTS

15

20

75

0-0

8-8

4-5

2-5

1-2

54

50

50

95

In his first season kicking for the Pirates, Harvey led the team in scoring thanks to 15 field goals and a perfect 50-for-50 extra point campaign. The latter mark includes eight PATs in a double-overtime victory over Marshall. He finished the season making 13 of his final 14 field goal attempts.

Michael Hunnicutt – Oklahoma

Class: Junior - Hometown: Richardson, Texas

FGM

FGA

FG%

1-19

20-29

30-39

40-49

50+

LONG

XPM

XPA

PTS

17

21

81

0-0

5-5

10-12

2-4

0-0

45

57

59

108

A 2012 Groza semifinalist, Hunnicutt led the nation with 10 field goals between 30 and 39 yards last season. In the Sooners’ win over Oklahoma State, he came up big with a season-high three field goals, including his season-long 45 yarder, and converted a PAT with four seconds left to force overtime.

Cody Journell – Virginia Tech

Class: Senior - Hometown: Ripplemead, Virginia

FGM

FGA

FG%

1-19

20-29

30-39

40-49

50+

LONG

XPM

XPA

PTS

20

25

80

1-1

8-8

5-6

6-9

0-1

42

34

36

94

From start to finish, Journell came up big in big situations for the Hokies last season. In Virginia Tech’s season opener, he hit a 41-yard field goal as time expired to force overtime and then hit the game-winner shortly after. In the regular season finale, he hit a 29 yarder as time expired to top Virginia. Then in the Russell Athletic Bowl, he closed out the season with yet another overtime winner.

Ty Long – UAB

Class: Junior - Hometown: Roswell, Georgia

FGM

FGA

FG%

1-19

20-29

30-39

40-49

50+

LONG

XPM

XPA

PTS

14

17

82.4

0-0

5-5

2-2

5-6

2-4

54

39

41

81

In two seasons as the UAB placekicker, Long has yet to miss from within 40 yards, but it was from distance that he put his name in the record books, booting the longest field goal in Blazers history with his 54 yarder against Ohio State. Later in the year, he hit from 53 yards, giving him the top two spots in the school record book.

Austin Lopez – San Jose State

Class: Sophomore - Hometown: Euless, Texas

FGM

FGA

FG%

1-19

20-29

30-39

40-49

50+

LONG

XPM

XPA

PTS

17

17

100

1-1

8-8

5-5

3-3

0-0

45

54

57

105

A 2012 Groza semifinalist and Freshman All-American, Lopez was a perfect 17-for-17 on field goals, bested only by Groza Award winner Cairo Santos’ 21. No other kickers with even a dozen attempts stayed perfect all season. He became the first Spartan freshman to top 100 points in a season, and set the school record for kick-scoring.

Ross Martin – Duke

Class: Sophomore - Hometown: Solon, Ohio

FGM

FGA

FG%

1-19

20-29

30-39

40-49

50+

LONG

XPM

XPA

PTS

20

23

87

0-0

8-9

5-6

5-6

2-2

52

46

47

106

A 2012 Groza semifinalist, Martin excelled on every level for the Blue Devils. The true freshman set the school record for points in a season with 106. He was one of only ten kickers in the country, and the only freshman, to be perfect on multiple attempts from 50 or more yards. His 87% accuracy rate was also one of the ten best marks in FBS.

Mike Meyer – Iowa

Class: Senior - Hometown: Dubuque, Iowa

FGM

FGA

FG%

1-19

20-29

30-39

40-49

50+

LONG

XPM

XPA

PTS

17

21

81

1-1

10-10

1-2

4-7

1-1

50

25

25

76

A semifinalist for the Groza in both 2011 and 2012, Meyer has converted his last 81 extra point attempts dating back to 2010, topping the school record of 60 set by 2002 Groza Award winner Nate Kaeding. He had a pair of massively important four field goal games last season, in Iowa’s 18-17 win over Northern Illinois and the Hawkeyes’ 19-16 double overtime victory over Michigan State.

Tony Miliano – Cincinnati

Class: Junior - Hometown: North Bend, Ohio

FGM

FGA

FG%

1-19

20-29

30-39

40-49

50+

LONG

XPM

XPA

PTS

17

22

77.3

1-1

5-5

4-5

7-11

0-0

47

51

53

102

Miliano was third among returning FBS kickers with seven field goals from 40-49 yards out. The Bearcats offense also kept him busy with PAT duties, going 7-for-7 on extra points in back-to-back games and converting multiple PATs in all but one game. He scored a season-high 12 points in the Belk Bowl, going 2-for-2 on field goals and converting 6 more extra points.

Dylan Mulder – Eastern Michigan

Class: Sophomore - Hometown: Saline, Michigan

FGM

FGA

FG%

1-19

20-29

30-39

40-49

50+

LONG

XPM

XPA

PTS

10

11

90.9

0-0

3-3

4-5

3-3

0-0

43

24

27

54

Stepping in three games into the season, Mulder finished the year with the sixth highest field goal percentage of any FBS kicker with at least 10 attempts. He posted three double-digit scoring games, including a 3-for-3 performance in EMU’s 29-23 win over Western Michigan.

Jaden Oberkrom – TCU

Class: Sophomore - Hometown: Arlington, Texas

FGM

FGA

FG%

1-19

20-29

30-39

40-49

50+

LONG

XPM

XPA

PTS

22

30

73.3

1-1

2-3

8-12

9-10

2-4

53

42

42

108

A 2012 Groza semifinalist, Oberkrom finished the year as the nation’s leading freshman kicker in both field goals and total points. No kicker in FBS football put more field goals through the uprights from beyond 30 yards than his 19. His 42-for-42 extra point performance ranks as the most in TCU history without a miss.

Cody Parkey – Auburn

Class: Senior - Hometown: Jupiter, Florida

FGM

FGA

FG%

1-19

20-29

30-39

40-49

50+

LONG

XPM

XPA

PTS

11

14

78.6

0-0

3-3

5-5

3-6

0-0

46

27

27

60

Not only did Parkey set his career-long with a pair of 46 yard field goals, he never missed from within that distance all season. That includes extra points, as he’s now working on a streak of 51 straight PATs. In 2009, he was named Palm Beach County’s High School Placekicker of the Year, also presented by the Lou Groza Award.

Kaleb Patterson – Miami (Ohio)

Class: Sophomore - Hometown: Duncan, South Carolina

FGM

FGA

FG%

1-19

20-29

30-39

40-49

50+

LONG

XPM

XPA

PTS

15

18

83.3

0-0

4-5

6-7

5-6

0-0

45

23

25

68

A true freshman last season, Patterson stepped in and led the RedHawks in scoring with 68 points. He came up big in Miami’s 23-20 win over Ohio, going a season-high 3-for-3 on field goals, including a 31 yarder with three minutes left to provide the winning score.

Jared Roberts – Colorado State

Class: Junior - Hometown: Littleton, Colorado

FGM

FGA

FG%

1-19

20-29

30-39

40-49

50+

LONG

XPM

XPA

PTS

9

10

90

0-0

1-1

4-4

4-4

0-1

49

29

31

56

In his first season as the Colorado State kicker, Roberts was perfect on field goals within 50 yards. His 9-for-10 season made him one of just nine FBS kickers to convert double-digit attempts at a rate of 90% or better. In his first career collegiate game, he went 3-for-3 including makes from 48 and 47 yards.

Trevor Romaine – Oregon State

Class: Junior - Hometown: Corona, California

FGM

FGA

FG%

1-19

20-29

30-39

40-49

50+

LONG

XPM

XPA

PTS

16

18

88.9

2-2

4-4

5-6

5-6

0-0

45

51

54

99

The most accurate field goal kicker in the Pac-12 last year, Romaine connected on field goals at a better rate than even Alexis Serna did in his 2005 Groza-winning season at Oregon State. He’ll enter 2013 on a streak of 12 straight made field goals, including back-to-back 3-for-3 FG games against Arizona State and Stanford.

Cairo Santos – Tulane

Class: Senior - Hometown: St. Augustine, Florida

FGM

FGA

FG%

1-19

20-29

30-39

40-49

50+

LONG

XPM

XPA

PTS

21

21

100

0-0

3-3

6-6

10-10

2-2

57

26

27

89

The 2012 Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker of the Year, Santos completed a season unlike any ever seen in FBS history. He is the only kicker to ever stay perfect on field goals during a season in which he attempted 21 or more. 12 of those field goals came from 40 or more yards, the most in the nation, and included kicks from 54 and a school-record 57 yards out.

Will Scott – Troy

Class: Senior - Hometown: Lucedale, Mississippi

FGM

FGA

FG%

1-19

20-29

30-39

40-49

50+

LONG

XPM

XPA

PTS

17

21

81

3-3

5-6

4-5

4-5

1-2

52

40

42

91

In the middle of a terrific overall season, Scott kicked two consecutive history-making field goals for Troy. With 11 seconds left, his 42-yard field goal lifted the Trojans over FIU 38-37, the school’s first game-winning kick since 2010. Then to lead off the scoring the following week, Scott booted a 52 yarder, the longest field goal in Troy history.

Mathew Sims – Northern Illinois

Class: Senior - Hometown: Hannibal, Missouri

FGM

FGA

FG%

1-19

20-29

30-39

40-49

50+

LONG

XPM

XPA

PTS

15

19

78.9

0-0

6-8

2-2

6-8

1-1

54

67

68

112

A key piece of last year’s 12-win championship team that reached the Orange Bowl, Sims did it all for the Huskies. He set the school record with 67 PATs, and booted the longest field goal in NIU history with his 54 yarder. In the MAC Championship game, he went 3-for-3, including a 40 yarder to send the game into a second overtime. Sims even took one in himself, scoring a touchdown against Central Michigan.

Carey Spear – Vanderbilt

Class: Senior - Hometown: Mayfield Village, Ohio

FGM

FGA

FG%

1-19

20-29

30-39

40-49

50+

LONG

XPM

XPA

PTS

20

24

83.3

1-1

9-9

3-3

5-8

2-3

52

27

27

87

No kicker in Vanderbilt history put together a season like Spear did in 2012. He set school records for both field goals made and kick-scoring. His 52-yard field goal in the regular season finale was the longest by a Commodore since 1995. He added another 50 yarder in the same game for good measure. Including his 27 extra points, Spear didn’t miss a kick within 43 yards.

John Wallace – Louisville

Class: Sophomore - Hometown: Cecilia, Kentucky

FGM

FGA

FG%

1-19

20-29

30-39

40-49

50+

LONG

XPM

XPA

PTS

16

21

76.2

1-1

6-6

7-7

2-6

0-1

45

38

42

86

In his first season kicking for the Cardinals, Wallace connected on 16 field goals, the second-most ever in a single season at Louisville. He was perfect on 14 attempts within 40 yards. One of those was a 30 yarder in overtime to beat Cincinnati. Wallace put together six games with multiple field goals, including the Sugar Bowl, the first time a Louisville kicker accomplished the feat in a bowl game.

About the NCFAA
The Groza is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA). The NCFAA was founded in 1997, as a coalition of the major collegiate football awards to protect, preserve and enhance the integrity, influence and prestige of the game's predominant awards. The NCFAA encourages professionalism and the highest standards for the administration of its member awards and the selection of their candidates and recipients. For more information, visit the association’s official website, ncfaa.org.

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 Awards program, the Palm Beach County Sports Hall of Fame, the Kids Fitness Festival of the Palm Beaches and awards the annual Sam Budnyk Student-Athlete Scholarship. For more information on the Palm Beach County Sports Commission go to www.palmbeachsports.com.



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