Vaughn Makes Cut for Groza Award

Palm Beach, Fla.--John Vaughn, who has made 17-20 field goals this season, has been named as one of 20 semi-finalists for the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award presented annually to the nation's top kicker.

Vaughn ranks second in the nation with 17 field goals made this season, and his field goal percentage of 85.0 is second among kickers with at least 20 attempts. He leads the SEC in scoring, averaging 8.6 points per game, and has twice this season made four field goals in a game (vs. Washington State, vs. Florida).

Vaughn is Auburn's all-time leading scorer with 295 career points, which ranks 14th in SEC history. He also holds Auburn career records for extra points with 154 (fifth in SEC history) and field goals with 47.

John Vaughn has added distance to his kicking as a senior.

Having seen the kicker compete and get better throughout his career at Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville knows what kind of player he's got in Vaughn and he says he deserves all the credit coming his way.

"He's one of the most dedicated kickers we've had," Tuberville says. "He takes everything personal. He's had some ups and downs but this year has been a phenomenal year. He's been self-motivated and self-taught all his life. He's done just an outstanding job and I think he's got a future past this level."

The three finalists for the Lou Groza Award are announced on Nov. 20 and will be honored at the 15th Annual Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award Banquet on Dec. 5 at the Palm Beach Gardens Marriott. The 2006 Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award winner will be announced on Dec. 7 during the ESPN Home Depot College Football Award Show in Orlando, Fla.

All Division I-A kickers are eligible for the Award named for NFL Hall of Fame Kicker Lou "The Toe" Groza. Voters for the award include Division I-A head coaches, sports writers and sportscasters, conference representatives, professional kickers and previous Groza Award finalists.

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