STANFORD, Calif. – Fifth-year senior place kicker Jordan Williamson has been named to the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award Watch List. Williamson is one of 30 players named to the list and one of four from the Pac-12 Conference vying for the award as announced by the Palm Beach County Sports Commission.
Kickers on the Lou Groza Award Watch List were chosen based on statistics from the 2013 season and 2014 expectations. All ten FBS conferences are represented among the 30 kickers, led by four each from the American, Big 12, Mountain West, and Pac-12.
Appropriate for his position, Williamson is a psychology major and hails from Austin, Texas. The righty enters the season with 48 career field goals, fourth all-time for the Cardinal. His career field goal percentage of .706 (48-of-68) also ranks fourth best in school history.
Last year, Williamson’s steady leg helped the Cardinal to its second straight Pac-12 championship and berth in the Rose Bowl. He connected on 18-for-22 (.818) attempts to tie for second in single season made field goals and fifth in season percentage.
Williamson also delivered 25 touchbacks on 46 kickoffs last season.
Accomplishments are tabulated throughout the season and the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award will announce its 20 semifinalists on Thursday, November 6th. From this list, a panel of more than 300 FBS head coaches, SIDs, media members, and former Groza finalists selects the top three finalists for the award by Monday, November 24th. That same group then selects the national winner, who will be announced on Thursday, December 11th during the Home Depot College Football Awards, broadcast live from Orlando, Fla.
The 23rd Annual Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award, presented by the Orange Bowl Committee, recognizes the three finalists during an early week celebration in Palm Beach County, culminating with a gala awards banquet on December 9th, prior to joining ESPN in Orlando.
The Award is named for National Football League Hall of Fame kicker Lou “The Toe” Groza, who played 21 seasons with the Cleveland Browns. Groza won four NFL championships with Cleveland and was named NFL Player of the Year in 1954. Although an All-Pro offensive lineman as well, Groza ushered in the notion that there should be a place on an NFL roster for a kicker.
Stanford’s season opens Aug. 30 with a 1 p.m. (PT) home game against UC Davis on Pac-12 Networks. The Cardinal plays its first three games at home with USC visiting the Stadium Sept. 6 (12:30 p.m., ABC) and Army visiting Sept. 13 (2 p.m., Pac-12 Net).
Season tickets are on sale with five sections and price levels already sold out. Three-game Mini plans are also on sale now.
Season ticket holders are eligible to purchase individual game tickets for all 2014 home games starting July 8-9. Single-game tickets go on sale July 21 with a special online-only promotion code through Stanford’s Facebook and @GoStanford Twitter account. All tickets are on sale starting July 22.
Lou Groza Watch List (Alphabetical order)
Roberto Aguayo – Florida State
Kyle Brindza – Notre Dame
Ryan Bustin – Texas Tech
Jack Cantele – Kansas State
Will Conant – Air Force
Brad Craddock – Maryland
Colby Delahoussaye – LSU
Jeremiah Detmer – Toledo
Jake Elliott – Memphis
Kyle Fischer – Louisiana Tech
Elliott Fry – South Carolina
Michael Geiger – Michigan State
Zane Gonzalez – Arizona State
Dan Goodale – Boise State
Michael Hunnicutt – Oklahoma
Maxwell Johnson – New Mexico State
Marvin Kloss – South Florida
Austin Lopez – San Jose State
Shawn Moffitt – Central Florida
Marshall Morgan – Georgia
Jaden Oberkrom – TCU
Will Oliver – Colorado
Andy Phillips – Utah
Jared Roberts – Colorado State
Niklas Sade – North Carolina State
Carl Salazar – Tulsa
Tyler Tate – Bowling Green
John Wallace – Louisville
Jordan Williamson – Stanford
Josiah Yazdani – Ohio