Aug. 20, 2010
STANFORD, Calif. - Senior Nate Whitaker has been included on the 30-player preseason watch list for the Lou Groza Award, which honors the top place kicker in college football.
Whitaker earned Pac-10 honorable mention marks last season after converting 16 of 22 field goals on the year. His 16 field goals tied for third-most in Stanford single-season history. He also made all 53 of his point-after-touchdown attempts, becoming the first Stanford kicker with more than 40 attempts to convert all of his PATs.
Kickers on the Lou Groza Award watch list were chosen based on statistics from the 2009 season as well as 2010 preseason expectations. Fifteen semi-finalists are returning from 2009, including last year's award-winner Kai Forbath of UCLA.
Accomplishments are tabulated throughout the season and the Lou Groza Place Kicker Award will announce its 20 semifinalists on Friday, October 29. A panel of over 300 experts will select the top three finalists for the award on Nov. 22. The same group then selects the national winner which will be announced on Thursday, Dec. 9 during the Home Depot ESPNU College Football Award Show in Orlando, Fla.
The award is named for NFL Hall of Fame kicker Lou "The Toe" Groza, who played 21 seasons with the Cleveland Browns. Groza won four NFL championships and was named the NFL Player of the Year in 1954. Although an all-pro offensive lineman, Groza ushered in the notion that there should be a place on an NFL roster for a kicker.
For more information regarding the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award and to follow the season progress, please go to www.lougrozaaward.com.
Single-game, season and group tickets remain available for all Stanford home games for the 2010 season at the Stanford Athletics Ticket Office, on-line at GoStanford.com or by calling 1-800-Stanford.