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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Lou Groza Award 2014 Finalists

The national panel of college football experts assembled by the Palm Beach County Sports Commission has selected the three finalists for the 23rd Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award. The three finalists will be honored at the 23rd Annual Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Awards Banquet on Tuesday, December 9 at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach, Florida. The three Lou Groza Award finalists will be highlighted on ESPNU during The Home Depot College Football Awards Nomination Special airing Tuesday, Nov. 25 at 6:00pm This year’s Lou Groza Award winner will be revealed on ESPN during The Home Depot College Football Awards Show airing live from the Atlantic Dance Hall at Disney’s Boardwalk at the Walt Disney World Resort on Thursday, Dec. 11 at 7:00 p.m. (ET).

Roberto Aguayo, Florida State
"Aguayo is looking to become the second person ever to win back-to-back Groza Awards, joining fellow Nole Sebastian Janikowski (1998, 1999). 'It’s a dream come true to be named a finalist again,' Aguayo said. 'It meant a lot to win the award as a freshman last year. It motivated me to work even harder this year. I know there a lot of great kickers out there so it’s an honor to be in the running for this award. It’s exciting to get to go back to West Palm Beach. The Palm Beach County Sports Commission puts on a great event'.... Aguayo has made 21 of 23 field goals this season, including all of his 50+ attempts and has remained perfect on 46 PATs. The Mascotte, Fla., native drilled a 26-yard game-winning field goal with three seconds left on Saturday to lift FSU over Boston College, 20-17. Aguayo nailed a career-best-matching 53-yarder in a tight game at Miami and connected on 5-of-5 field goals en route to an FSU record 19 points versus Wake Forest earlier this season. Aguayo is tied for third in the nation in kicker scoring this season (9.9 points per game) and he leads the undefeated Seminoles (11-0) with 109 total points. Last season, Aguayo captured the Groza Award after setting the national record for points by a kicker (57) while making 21-of-22 field goals and all 94 extra points for the National Champions. For his career, he has made 42-of-45 field goals (93.3 percent) and all 140 of his PATs." - Seminoles
Brad Craddock, Maryland
"Craddock, Maryland’s first-ever Groza finalist, is one of three student-athletes vying for the honor.... This season, Craddock has converted all 17 of his field goals attempts and has converted 23 straight dating back to last season, which is the longest active streak in FBS. Craddock is the only FBS kicker that is perfect this season with 10 of his successful tries coming from 40-plus yards. The native of Adelaide, Australia native set a Maryland record this season hitting a 57-yard field goal against Ohio State on Oct. 4. The kick is the second-longest FBS field goal this season. One month later, Craddock kicked his first career game-winning field against Penn State on Nov. 1 hitting a 43-yard attempt with under a minute remaining. With 23 straight successful field goal attempts, Craddock holds the second-longest streak in Big Ten history. He is one field goal shy of tying the all-time conference mark held by Ohio State’s Mike Nugent, who hit 24 straight from 2001-02." - Terrapins
Josh Lambert, West Virginia
"We all know what contributions Josh has made to our team this year,' WVU Head Coach Dana Holgorsen said. 'His big kicks at Maryland and Texas Tech showed what he can do in pressure situations. With his four field goals of more than 50 yards and his overall numbers, being named a finalist for the Lou Groza Award certainly is fitting for the kind of year he is having.' Lambert, a sophomore from Garland, Texas, is the national leader in field goals made, having connected on 24 already this season. That’s more than any kicker finished the entire regular season with last year. He leads all kickers with 4 field goals from 50 yards or more, but perhaps more impressive are his 13 from 40 or longer, one short of the all-time FBS record. His season long of 55 yards came as time expired to give West Virginia the win over Texas Tech, his second game-winning field goal of the season. He has added 37 PATs for a total of 109 points, tied for second-most among FBS kickers. 'I am extremely honored to be named a finalist for such a prestigious award,' Lambert said. 'There have been a great tradition of Groza finalists who have had outstanding college careers and has gone on to have great NFL careers. I want to thank my coaches, Coach Holgorsen and Coach DeForest, and my teammates, especially Michael Molinari and John DePalma, because none of this would be possible without them'." - Mountaineers

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