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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Lou Groza Award 2010 Watch List, part 2

In part one we looked at the first half of the kickers on the Lou Groza Award 2010 Preseason Watch List. Not surprisingly, we now take a look at the second half of the list. But before we do so, we begin with an overview of the upcoming process.

Accomplishments are tabulated throughout the season and the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award announces its 20 semi-finalists on Friday, October 29, 2010. From this list, a panel of over 300 experts selects the top three (3) finalists for the award by Monday, November 22, 2010. That same group then selects the national winner which will be announced Thursday, December 9, 2010, during the Home Depot ESPNU College Football Award Show, broadcast live from Orlando Florida. The 19th Annual Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award, presented by the Orange Bowl Committee, recognizes the three (3) finalists during an early week celebration in Palm Beach County, culminating with a gala awards banquet on December 7, prior to joining ESPN in Orlando.

Kahut comes into the 2010 season with 39 career field goals and 201 points (7th all-time at OSU). Kahut has a strong leg and is consistent as shown in '09 when he kicked 4 field goals against UCLA and again at Oregon earning him PAC-10 Special Teams Player of the Week. He had 22 field goals for the season, leaving him one short of the school record.

A 2009 semi-finalist for the Lou Groza Award, Spencer Lanning led his team in scoring during the 2009 season with 79 points, the seventh highest in school history. Lanning tied a 19 year old school record by completing 5 of 5 field goals at Georgia. He hit 17 of 20 field goals in 2009 with a long of 47 yards.

Daniel Murray, University of Iowa
Daniel Murray's honors in the 2009 season include honorable mention All-Big Ten by league media, academic All Big Ten for the third year, and ESPN.com's Big Ten Special Teams Player of the week for his efforts against Michigan. Murray was 19 of 26 on field goals and 32 of 33 on extra points in '09 with a long field goal of 48 yards.

Joe Phillips, University of Utah
Joe Phillips has proven to be a reliable kicker with poise in pressure situations. In '09, Phillips was a semi-finalist for the Lou Groza Award, while being the most accurate place kicker in the MWC. He made 90.9% of his field goal attempts with 20 FG's, which was the second best single season mark in school history. Phillips was named College Football Performance Awards National Kicker of the Week and the MWC Special Teams Player of the Week for his play against BYU.

Robert Randolph, University of Virginia
As a semi-finalist for the 2009 Lou Groza Award, Randolph connected on 17 of 19 FG attempts while being successful on his first 11 attempts of the '09 season. He ranked second in the ACC in field goal accuracy (89.5%). Randolph connected on a career long 49 yard field goal against Georgia Tech in a rain storm, and set a career high with 3 field goals at North Carolina.

Grant Ressel, University of Missouri
A 2009 Lou Groza Award semi-finalist, Ressel won the starting job the week of the Tigers' season opener and went on to break the NCAA single season accuracy record. He was a First Team All-American in 2009 going 26 of 27 on field goals and 39 of 39 on PATs. He connected on all four FG attempts, including the game winner with no time left against rival Kansas.

Will Snyderwine, Duke University
Snyderwine, is a 2009 Lou Groza Award semifinalist and a second team All ACC choice. He set records for the Blue Devils in both field goals made and field goal percentage. Snyderwine scored 16 points against Virginia with 5 field goals and an extra point. His 51 yard field goal against Wake Forest equaled the 11th longest field goal in school history.

Erik Soderberg, Air Force Academy
Soderberg ended the '09 season making the 2nd most single-season field goals in Air Force history with 22, including a long of 50 yards against Colorado State. He earned second team All-Mountain West honors.

Jimmy Stevens, University of Oklahoma
Jimmy Stevens earned All-Big 12 Academic second team honors in 2009. He displayed good accuracy going 11 for 13 (84.6%) in field goal attempts. Stevens converted a career-high four field goals against Baylor, finishing with 15 points, the third highest single game total in OU history.

Caleb Sturgis, University of Florida
A semi-finalist for the Lou Groza Award in 2009, Sturgis made two or more field goals in seven of eight SEC regular season games. He kicked a career long 56 yard field goal against Georgia, the longest in the SEC for the season. Sturgis has shown strength and accuracy, going six for nine beyond 40 yards. He was named to the SEC academic honor roll in the fall of 2009.

In his freshman year, Tausch converted on 14 consecutive field goals, breaking a school record set in 1982, and was named a 2009 semi-finalist for the Lou Groza Award. He also set a record for field goals made in a game without a miss when he converted all five attempts against Washington. Tausch also converted 3 of 4 field goals between 40-49 yards.

Blair Walsh, University of Georgia
In 2009, Walsh was named All SEC Second Team by the Associated Press, and was one of three Finalists for the Lou Groza Award. He was 4 for 5 in field goals attempts 50 yards and beyond showing leg strength and accuracy. He was named the CollegeFootballPerformance.com Placekicker of the Year.

As the 2007 Lou Groza winner, Thomas Weber has continued his success over the past 3 years making 51 of 63 field goal attempts and 94 of 98 PATs. Weber is an accurate and strong legged kicker. 2009 was a shortened season due to injury for Weber who looks to return this year and add to his impressive numbers.

Nate Whitaker, Stanford University
Whitaker enters the 2010 season having made his last 5 field goal attempts, including two kicks of 40 yards or more. As an Honorable Mention All Pac 10 Selection, Whitaker's 16 field goals tied for the third most in Stanford single season history. His career long 54 yard field goal against Wake Forest tied for 5th longest in school history.

Alex Zendejas, University of Arizona
Zendejas earned PAC 10 Player of the Week after kicking the game winning 32 yard field goal as time expired against Arizona State. His 89 points in the 2009 season were 6th most in school history, and made him the team's leading scorer for the year.

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