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Monday, January 5, 2015

Alexis Serna Wins 2005 Lou Groza Award

"Oregon State's Alexis Serna was named the 2005 Lou Groza Award recipient during the ESPN Home Depot College Football Award Show held on Thursday, December 8.  Serna was ranked first in NCAA Division I-A ESPN kicking listings with 101 points this season.  He also held the number one spot as the NCAA active leader for career field goal percentage at 83.3.  Serna was 23 of 28 on the season, with an 82.1 field goal percentage.  Alexis was 32-of-32 in point after attempts and made 57 consecutive extra point attempts.  Highlights of Serna's season include leading Oregon State to an 18-10 victory over Washington by scoring six field goals, in windy and rainy conditions.  He also kicked the game winning 29-yard field goal with 1:03 remaining in an Oregon State come from behind defeat over Boise State, 30-27. The finalists, Mason Crosby of Colorado, Jad Dean of Clemson and Alexis Serna of Oregon State, were recognized at the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award Dinner hosted at the Palm Beach Gardens Marriott on Tuesday, December 6." - CSTV

"After missing three extra points in Oregon State's 2004 season-opener against LSU, a game the Beavers lost by one point, Serna was at the emotional low point of both his kicking career and his life. 'I remember lying in the locker room after the game, being [in] tears and feeling uncomfortable around my teammates because I wanted to do well for them,' Serna recounted. He was benched for the next game against Boise State but he got his opportunity to play again the following week- he ran with it and never looked back. 'The LSU game gave me a fire and drive I didn't have before,' Serna said. He proceeded to make every extra point he attempted for the rest of his career. One year and three months after the LSU debacle, Serna was standing on stage in Florida talking to Chris Fowler and accepting the Lou Groza award, which goes to the best kicker in the nation. Serna almost got choked up recalling the day he won the Groza; the emotional high point of his life. 'There is nothing like it,' Serna said. 'It was the greatest feeling, a high I won't experience again'." - Daily Barometer

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