|The Lou Groza Award Phil Steele is proud to be on the voting Commitee for the Lou Groza Award!|
|2015 LOU GROZA AWARD CANDIDATES|
|Roberto Aguayo, Florida State||Ben Grogan, Oklahoma State||Marshall Morgan, Georgia|
|Kyle Bullard, Houston||Donny Hageman, San Diego State||Cole Murphy, Syracuse|
|Brad Craddock, Maryland||Andrew Haldeman, Western Michigan||Jaden Oberkrom, TCU|
|Ka’imi Fairbairn, UCLA||Ammon Lakip, Clemson||Andy Phillips, Utah|
|Elliott Fry, South Carolina||Josh Lambert, West Virginia||Aidan Schneider, Oregon|
|Ian Frye, Virginia||Austin MacGinnis, Kentucky||Robert Stein, Akron|
|Rafael Gaglianone, Wisconsin||Ross Martin, Duke||Aleem Sunanon, South Alabama|
|Andrew Gantz, Cincinnati||Jay Mattox, UTEP||Tyler Tate, Bowling Green|
|Zane Gonzalez, Arizona State||Matthew McCrane, Kansas State||Cameron Van Winkle, Washington|
|Paul Griggs, Purdue||Trevor Moore, North Texas||John Wallace, Louisville|
|THE AWARD Established in 1992|
In 1992, The Palm Beach County Sports Commission established the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker award. This award, presented for a number of years by the FedEx Orange Bowl, is given annually to the nation’s top collegiate place-kicker as determined by a voting panel of Division 1 head coaches, sports writers and sportscasters from across the county, conference representatives, professional kickers and previous winners.
The Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award has become the most prestigious college football award for kickers.
HOW THE AWARD IS DETERMINED
Prior to the start of each college football season, the Lou Groza Award Watch List consisting of 30 players is released. This Watch List is determined based on statistics from the previous season and preseason expectations. Information is received from national media, school sports information directors and other ranking sources. However, all Division I-A kickers are eligible for the coveted award. During the season the Groza Awards committee monitors the success of all kickers on a national level. Weekly, beginning in early September the award recognizes the three outstanding kickers of the week based on the previous week’s play.
Accomplishments are tabulated throughout the season and the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award committee announces its 20 semi-finalists in early-November. From this list, a panel of over 300 experts selects the top three finalists for the award in late November. That same group then selects the national winner.
The three finalists are invited to Palm Beach County, Florida after the end of the college season for the Annual Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award Banquet, presented by the FedEx Orange Bowl. This gala three-day program recognizes the accomplishments of the kickers in a variety of community outreach activities culminating with an awards banquet that is the start of the South Florida holiday football season.
The announcement of the winner is made during The Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Show broadcast live from Orlando, Florida in early December.
The Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award is presented annually through the Palm Beach County Sports Commission. For additional information on the award contact:
Palm Beach County Sports Commission
1555 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd, Suite 1410, West Palm Beach, FL 33401