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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Lou Groza Award 2011 Watch List, part 2

The annual Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award recently released their 2011 Preseason Watch List. In alphabetical order, following is the second third of the watch list.

Trey Farquhar, Idaho
Farquhar is Idaho's single-season record-holder for field goals made with 18 and is tied for field goal attempts in a season with 25 and is fifth on the single-season field goal percentage list at .720 – all in the 2010 season. In two seasons so far at Idaho, he is sixth in field goals made with 31 and second on the career field goal percentage list at .668. He was a second-team all-Western Athletic Conference choice as a freshman.
Erik Folk, Washington
Folk is coming off a season that saw the senior from Woodland Hills, Calif., connect on 13-of-20 field goals while also making all 33 of his PAT attempts. His best effort came at USC, when Folk hit all four of his field goals, including the game-winning 32-yarder as time expired.
Nate Freese, Boston College
Freese connected on 22-of-25 field goal attempts during his freshman season, tied with Florida State's Dustin Hopkins for the conference lead in field goals made. Freese also made 24-of-25 PATs. Due to the an extremely offensively challenged Eagles squad, no kicker was more important to his team than Freese was last season. Freese's 90 points accounted for 37.5 percent of the Eagles total points in 2010, the highest percentage in the nation.
Kevin Goessling, Fresno State
The senior kicker from Placentia was an All-Western Athletic Conference pick last season after leading the Bulldogs in scoring with 105 points, making 21 of 26 field goals and was 42 of 44 in PATs. Last week, Goessling was named to the College Football Performance Award Watch List.
Jack Griffin, Florida International
Griffin connected on 17-of-20 field goal attempts last season for the Golden Panthers, and was perfect in 45 PAT attempts. Griffin played on the kickoff team during his freshman season.
Zach Hocker, Arkansas
Hocker was named to the 2010 SEC All-Freshman Team after scoring 104 points, 56-56 on PATs and 16-19 on field goals. Hocker's 104 points scored were seventh in the SEC and rank as the fourth-highest single-season total in school history and the third most by a kicker. His .842 field goal percentage ranked third in the SEC and tied for 21st in the NCAA and is the third-best single-season percentage (min. 10 attempts) in school history. His long of 51 yards was an Arkansas freshman record and the longest by any UA kicker since 1988.
Dustin Hopkins, Florida State
As a sophomore, Hopkins was a semifinalist for the award last season. He was 22-for-28 on field goals. His 55-yarder against Clemson as time expired was his longest of the year. During starts, Hopkins has handled all of the kickoff, field goal and PAT duties for FSU. Last season, he scored a career-high 119 points to lead the team and the ACC. The number was the third-most in a single-season in FSU history.
Danny Hrapmann, Southern Miss
Hrapmann finished his junior campaign by converting all 55 extra points and making 26-of-31 field goals. He added a school-record five field goals against East Carolina and his season point total of 133 also established a school mark. Other records included season marks for most extra points made (55), consecutive extra points made (55) and highest extra points percentage (100 percent with the most ever attempted), most field goals made in a season (26) and most attempts (31), to go along with game records for most points (19 vs. ECU), and highest career percentage of 78.9 percent (30-of-38).
Aaron Jones, Baylor
Jones was a semifinalist for Lou Groza Award in 2010. He earned All-Big 12 and Big 12 All-Freshman honors following a record-setting first season of competition. Jones broke Baylor single-season records for field goals made (19), scoring by kickers (103 points), field goals attempted (27), PATs attempted (47) and shares the PATs made record (46) with Jarvis Van Dyke. He was named an honorable mention All-Big 12 (league coaches) and Big 12 All-Freshman (ESPN.com, Rivals.com).
Ross Krautman, Syracuse
Krautman made 18 of 19 field goals in his first season, including 16 in a row. His percentage (.947), consecutive makes and number of field goals all tied SU marks set in 1981 by Gary Anderson. The rising sophomore from Franklin Lakes, N.J., was a freshman All-American and a second-team All-Big East selection.
Abel Perez, San Diego St.
Selected All-Mountain West Second Team for the 2010 college football season as selected by the nine league head coaches and select media panel. SDSU junior place-kicker Abel Perez, in his first season on The Mesa, posted a league-best 28 touchbacks on kick offs and converted 17 of his 22 field-goal attempts (77.3 %). He leads the MWC in field goals per game (1.42) and in scoring (8.3 ppg.).

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