Duval Makes Groza Award Cut

Auburn, Ala.--<b>Damon Duval</b>, who has kicked four game-winning field goals this season, has been named one of 20 semi-finalists for the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award.

The redshirt junior has made 15-22 field goals this season. His average of 1.88 field goals per game is fourth nationally.

The winner of the award, which is presented by the Orange Bowl, will be announced on Dec. 4th at a ceremony in West Palm Beach, Florida. Voters for the award are sportswriters, Division I head football coaches, previous Groza award winners as well as a group of NFL kickers. This is the 10th year for the award, which is named for former NFL star Lou Groza, who played 21 seasons for the Cleveland Browns.

The junior is coming off a 1-3 performance at Arkansas where he missed two long field goals. "I hit the ball well on both," he says. "They were 54 and 50-yard field goals. They were just outside the posts."

Duval averaged 44 yards on four punts vs. the Razorbacks. He is also one of the nation's top punters with an average of 44.4 yards on 35 punts. He is one of 10 finalists for the Ray Guy Award, which goes to the nation's top collegiate punter. That award is presented Dec. 6th on the ESPN College Football Awards Show.

Duval and the Tigers return to practice on Tuesday following two days off after a 42-17 loss at Arkansas. "It is always frustrating when you lose a game like that," he says. "We knew it was going to be a tough game. We had a lot of things that didn't go our way. We didn't get a lot of calls. That sometimes happens on the road. We were just out of sync in a lot of areas."

The junior says that although he would like to get back on the field for a game on Saturday, the off-week is probably a good thing for his team. "I think the two weeks will give us time to get some guys back to full speed who are banged up," he says.

The 6-2 Tigers lead the SEC West with a 4-1 league mark. They return to action a week from Saturday at Georgia. Kickoff time will be 2:30 p.m. Central for a game televised by CBS. Georgia, which lost 24-10 to Florida last Saturday, is also off this week.

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