In its 14th year, the Lou Groza Award, named for NFL Hall of Fame kicker Lou Groza, is given annually to the top collegiate place-kicker in the country. A panel of over 300 experts comprised of Division I head coaches, sports writers, sportscasters, conference representatives, professionals kickers and all previous Groza Award finalists will vote on the award, to be presented Dec. 6 at the Palm Beach Gardens Marriott.
As a sophomore, Vaughn connected on 12-of-15 field goals including a two-for-two mark on kicks of over 40 yards. Vaughn scored 87 points for the Tigers last season, which was an Auburn single-season record by a kicker. The Brentwood, Tenn., native was named a preseason first team All-SEC pick by both the league coaches and representatives of the media.
John Vaughn will likely be an integral part of the Tigers' offense in 2005.
Auburn head coach Tommy Tuberville has said that Vaughn is kicking the ball very well during the Tigers' fall practice sessions.
The watch list will be trimmed to 20 semi-finalists on Monday, October 31. Then, two weeks later on November 14 the list will be narrowed to the three finalists.