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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Lou Groza & Ray Guy Awards: 2011 Finalists

The three finalists for the 20th
Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award were announced yesterday:

Randy Bullock, Texas A&M
"Bullock, from Klein, Texas, has had a spectacular senior season. The Big 12 Conference leader in field goals has already matched the season school record of 21 field goals, which was set originally by Scott Slater in 1986. He has scored 114 points this season, which is No. 2 in school history behind only Joel Hunt's 84-year old school standard of 128 points in 1927. Bullock has connected on 21-of-25 three-point attempts for an impressive 84.0 percent success rate (No. 2 in school history). He has also connected on 51 extra points, which matches the school record originally set by Terry Venetoulias in 1993 and matched previously by Bullock in 2009. The most accurate placekicker in school history, Bullock has connected on 55-of-73 field goal attempts during his career. Bullock is A&M's career leader in points scored with 337, and he ranks No. 1 in career extra points (172) and No. 4 in career field goals."
Dustin Hopkins, Florida State
"Hopkins, the junior from Houston, Texas has made 20 of 24 field goals this season and has been a perfect 41 for 41 in PATs. Saturday’s PAT brings Hopkins’ school record streak of consecutive extra points to 127 while only 76 points stand between Hopkins and Florida State’s all-time leading scoring record. Hopkins is tied for fourth in the nation in field goals per game and is the highest scoring kicker in the Atlantic Coast Conference with 101 points."
Caleb Sturgis, Florida
"Sturgis, a native of St. Augustine, Fla., is tied for second in the nation with 21 field goals made on the season. He has converted 21 of 25 field goal attempts (84.0 percent) and has made all 27 extra point attempts. Sturgis is tied for 14th in the nation in kicking points (90) and has made at least one field goal in every game he has played this season, including multiple conversions in eight of 10 appearances. Before missing a 52-yard attempt against Alabama, Sturgis had made 14-straight field goals dating back to last season, a streak that was the third-longest in school history. He kicked a 55-yard field goal against Furman, giving him three field goals from 50-or-more yards on the season, tied for the most in the nation. Sturgis holds the school record with five made field goals of 50-or-more yards. In his career, Sturgis has made 45 of 59 field goal attempts (76.3 percent) and 92 of 96 extra points. He has accounted for 227 points as a Gator, ranking fourth all-time in Florida history."
The three finalists for the 12th Ray Guy Award were announced yesterday:

Ryan Allen, Louisiana Tech
"Ranked fourth in the nation with an average of 46.4 yards per punt, Allen leads the nation in both punts inside the 20 (36) and punts inside the 10 (19). Allen has averaged 47 or more yards per punt in six games this year while averaging more than 50 yards in two games this year. The Salem, Ore., native has recorded better stats than the other two finalists in several punting categories this year, including number of punts, total punting yardage, punting average per game, longest punt of the season, more punts inside the 20, more punts inside the 10, more 50-plus yard punts than the other two finalists.Allen and the Bulldogs (7-4, 5-1 WAC) host New Mexico State (4-7, 2-3) in the team’s regular season finale."
Steven Clark, Auburn
"It's an honor to be mentioned," Clark said. "I don't really believe awards are something you achieve, it's just something that happens." Clark is averaging 40.4 yards per punt, but his value has come in his high punts that have limited the number of returns. He has 30 punts inside the 20, which is the best in the Southeastern Conference and tied for second in the nation. Only eight of his punts have been returned, and for just 41 yards. Thirty-three punts have ended in fair catches. Two have gone for touchbacks.
Jackson Rice, Oregon
"Rice, a junior from Moraga, Calif., leads the Pac-12 and ranks sixth in the nation with a punting average of 45.60 and has been a key contributor for an Oregon squad that ranks second in the NCAA in net punting (41.85). Only 12 of Rice’s 40 punts on the season have been returned and he has placed 16 inside the 20-yard line. Rice's current average is the second-highest in a single season in UO history, while his career mark of 42.5 yards per punt ranks third all-time at the school."

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