Semi-Finalists Named for National Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award

November 9, 2009

Lou Groza National Collegiate Place Kicker Award
Announces Top 20 Semi-Finalists

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (December 9, 2009) --  The Palm Beach County Sports Commission released its 20 semi –finalists  for the 2009 Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award presented by the FedEx Orange Bowl. These twenty place-kickers have all excelled throughout the season in earning their places as semifinalists.

This year’s list of candidates for the 18th annual Award is led by 2008 semi-finalist Leigh Tiffin, a frequent “Star of the Week” selection who has earned SEC Special Teams player of the week recognition during the season.   Tiffin is the only 2008 semi-finalist to make the final twenty this season.

At this writing, Tiffin and UCLA junior Kai Forbath were tied for the national lead in field goals made with twenty each. The only candidate among the final twenty who has yet to miss a kick, field goal or PAT, is Craig Ratanamorn, a senior from Marshall University. He’s been successful on 11 of 11 field goal tries and all 22 of his extra point attempts.

The honor for the longest field goal among the semi-finalists belongs to University of Florida sophomore Caleb Sturgis who connected from 56 yards against Georgia this year.   Also included on the list is Georgia’s Blair Walsh who is a perfect 3 for 3 on attempts of 50 yards or longer.

Semi-finalists will be voted on by all Division 1 Head Coaches and SID's, along with national, regional and local football writers and others who will select the three (3) finalists.  These finalists will be honored at the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Awards Banquet on December 8 in West Palm Beach, FL.  The winner will be announced live on the nationally televised Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Show on the evening of December 10, 2009.
 

The award is named in honor of one of the all-time great kickers in football history, Lou Groza.  Groza played 21 seasons for the Cleveland Browns setting numerous franchise records, including most games played, most points scored, and an amazing 107 consecutive games in which he scored a point. The 1,608 career points he scored is still a Browns' franchise record, and he ranks third all-time in league.  Groza was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1974.
 

Past Groza finalists include current NFL kickers, Nate Kaeding, Sebastian Janikowski, Mike Nugent, Martin Gramatica, Jason Elam and Mason Crosby. 

For more information regarding the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award and to follow the season progress, please go to www.LouGrozaAward.com.  Additional information can be obtained by contacting Kris Pursell, Event Manager at the Palm Beach County Sports Commission at (561) 233-3124 or kpursell@PalmBeachSports.com.

Wes Byrum – Auburn

Height: 6’2" - Weight: 209 lbs - Class: Junior - Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, Florida

 

FGM

FGA

FG%

1-19

20-29

30-39

40-49

50+

LONG

XPM

XPA

PTS

13

14

92.9

1-1

4-4

3-3

5-6

0-0

49

34

34

73

 

Jordan Congdon – Southern California

Height: 5'9" - Weight: 180 - Class: Junior - Hometown: San Diego, California 

 

FGM

FGA

FG%

1-19

20-29

30-39

40-49

50+

LONG

XPM

XPA

PTS

10

12

83.3

0-0

7-7

2-2

1-3

0-0

42

27

27

57

 

Stefan Demos – Northwestern

Height: 5’10" - Weight: 185 - Class: Junior - Hometown: Scottsdale, Arizona 

 

FGM

FGA

FG%

1-19

20-29

30-39

40-49

50+

LONG

XPM

XPA

PTS

13

15

86.7

2-2

5-5

3-4

3-4

0-0

49

23

24

62

 

Morgan Flint – Oregon

Height: 5'9" - Weight: 173 - Class: Senior - Hometown: Ellensburg, Washington

 

FGM

FGA

FG%

1-19

20-29

30-39

40-49

50+

LONG

XPM

XPA

PTS

10

12

83.3

0-0

3-3

5-6

2-3

0-0

42

32

32

62

 

Kai Forbath – UCLA

Height: 6'0" - Weight: 192 - Class: Junior - Hometown: Pacific Palisades, California 

 

FGM

FGA

FG%

1-19

20-29

30-39

40-49

50+

LONG

XPM

XPA

PTS

20

22

90.9

0-0

4-4

9-9

4-4

3-5

53

11

12

71

 

Alan Gendreau – Middle Tennessee

Height: 5'10" - Weight: 170 - Class: Sophomore - Hometown: Apopka, Florida 

 

FGM

FGA

FG%

1-19

20-29

30-39

40-49

50+

LONG

XPM

XPA

PTS

12

13

92.3

2-2

6-6

2-2

2-3

0-0

48

24

25

60

 

Kevin Goessling – Fresno State

Height: 6'0" - Weight: 195 - Class: Sophomore - Hometown: Placentia, California 

 

FGM

FGA

FG%

1-19

20-29

30-39

40-49

50+

LONG

XPM

XPA

PTS

10

11

90.9

0-0

2-2

2-2

5-6

1-1

50

36

36

66

 

Alex Henery – Nebraska

Height: 6'2" - Weight: 175 - Class: Junior - Hometown: Omaha, Nebraska

 

FGM

FGA

FG%

1-19

20-29

30-39

40-49

50+

LONG

XPM

XPA

PTS

11

13

84.6

1-1

4-4

3-3

3-3

0-2

46

26

26

59

 

Spencer Lanning – South Carolina

Height: 5'11" - Weight: 188 - Class: Junior - Hometown: Rock Hill, South Carolina 

 

FGM

FGA

FG%

1-19

20-29

30-39

40-49

50+

LONG

XPM

XPA

PTS

14

16

87.5

0-0

5-6

7-7

2-2

0-1

47

20

21

62

 

Hunter Lawrence – Texas
Height: 6'0" - Weight: 187 - Class: Senior - Hometown: Boerne, Texas

 

FGM

FGA

FG%

1-19

20-29

30-39

40-49

50+

LONG

XPM

XPA

PTS

16

18

88.9

1-1

4-5

6-6

5-5

0-1

44

36

37

84

 

Joe Phillips – Utah

Height:5'11" - Weight: 187 - Class: Junior - Hometown: Salt Lake City, Utah 

 

FGM

FGA

FG%

1-19

20-29

30-39

40-49

50+

LONG

XPM

XPA

PTS

10

11

90.9

0-0

4-4

3-3

3-4

0-0

48

19

20

49

 

Robert Randolph – Virginia

Height: 5’10" - Weight: 160 - Class: Sophomore - Hometown: Naples, Florida 

 

FGM

FGA

FG%

1-19

20-29

30-39

40-49

50+

LONG

XPM

XPA

PTS

13

14

92.9

1-1

1-1

9-10

2-2

0-0

49

6

6

45

 

Craig Ratanamorn – Marshall

Height: 6’3" - Weight: 178 - Class: Senior - Hometown: Wichita, Kansas 

 

FGM

FGA

FG%

1-19

20-29

30-39

40-49

50+

LONG

XPM

XPA

PTS

11

11

100

1-1

3-3

6-6

1-1

0-0

43

22

22

55

 

Grant Ressel – Missouri

Height: 6'2" - Weight: 190 - Class: Sophomore - Hometown: Jackson, Missouri 

 

FGM

FGA

FG%

1-19

20-29

30-39

40-49

50+

LONG

XPM

XPA

PTS

14

15

93.3

0-0

5-5

5-5

4-5

0-0

46

23

23

65

 

Will Snyderwine – Duke

Height: 5'11" - Weight: 185 - Class: Junior - Hometown: Potomac, Maryland 

 

FGM

FGA

FG%

1-19

20-29

30-39

40-49

50+

LONG

XPM

XPA

PTS

11

12

91.7

0-0

4-5

3-3

4-4

0-0

47

18

18

51

 

Caleb Sturgis – Florida

Height: 5'10" - Weight: 190 - Class: Sophomore - Hometown: St. Augustine, Florida

 

FGM

FGA

FG%

1-19

20-29

30-39

40-49

50+

LONG

XPM

XPA

PTS

15

18

83.3

0-0

7-8

5-7

1-1

2-2

56

19

20

64

 

Brett Swenson – Michigan State

Height: 5'8" - Weight: 185 - Class: Senior  - Hometown: Pompano Beach, Florida 

 

FGM

FGA

FG%

1-19

20-29

30-39

40-49

50+

LONG

XPM

XPA

PTS

14

15

93.3

0-0

7-7

5-5

2-2

0-1

45

27

28

69

 

Nick Tausch – Notre Dame

Height: 6'0" -  Weight: 190 - Class: Freshman - Hometown: Plano, Texas 

 

FGM

FGA

FG%

1-19

20-29

30-39

40-49

50+

LONG

XPM

XPA

PTS

14

15

93.3

0-0

5-6

6-6

3-3

0-0

46

24

27

66

 

Leigh Tiffin – Alabama

Height: 6'2" - Weight: 212  - Class: Senior - Hometown: Muscle Shoals, Alabama 

 

FGM

FGA

FG%

1-19

20-29

30-39

40-49

50+

LONG

XPM

XPA

PTS

20

23

87.0

0-0

10-10

7-9

2-3

1-1

50

24

26

84

 

Blair Walsh – Georgia

Height: 5’10" - Weight: 185 - Class: Sophomore  - Hometown: Boca Raton, Florida 

 

FGM

FGA

FG%

1-19

20-29

30-39

40-49

50+

LONG

XPM

XPA

PTS

12

13

92.3

0-0

1-1

4-5

4-4

3-3

53

22

22

58

 

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