Andrew Gantz Named Groza Award Semifinalist

CINCINNATI – University of Cincinnati freshman kicker Andrew Gantz (Centerville, Ohio/Centerville) was named one of 20 semifinalists for the 2014 Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award presented by the Orange Bowl, which recognizes the nation’s best kicker, the Palm Beach County Sports Commission announced Thursday.

Andrew Gantz leads the American Athletic Conference with his 90.9 field goal percentage (10-of-11). He ranks third in the league in field goals per game (1.25), second in kick scoring (7.9 ppg) and third in overall scoring (7.8 ppg). He has made his last eight kicks, including a career-long boot of 46 yards at %%MATCH_9%% (Fla.).

He has been named the American Special Teams Player of the Week twice and is 32-of-34 on point after attempts. Gantz is one of two freshmen on the semifinalist list (Cole Murphy, %%MATCH_6%%) and one of two players from the American to make the list (Kyle Bullard, %%MATCH_8%%)

Former UC kicker Jonathan Ruffin won the Groza Award in 2000.

Semifinalists will be voted on by FBS Head Coaches and SIDs, past Groza finalists, and national and regional football writers to select the three finalists. These finalists will be announced on November 24th and honored at the 23rd annual Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Awards Banquet on December 9th in West Palm Beach, %%MATCH_7%%. The winner will be announced live on ESPN at the Home Depot College Football Awards Show on Thursday, December 11th.

The award is named in honor of one of the all-time great kickers in football history, Lou Groza. Groza played 21 seasons for the Cleveland Browns setting numerous franchise records, including most games played, most points scored, and an amazing 107 consecutive games in which he scored a point. Groza was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1974.

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