Snyderwine Named to Groza Award Watch List

DURHAM, N.C. – Duke redshirt junior kicker Will Snyderwine has been named to the 30-player preseason watch list for the Lou Groza Award, an honor presented annually the top placekicker in college football.

A year ago, Snyderwine was a semifinalist for the award and earned second team All-ACC honors after booting a school single-season record 17 field goals in 20 attempts. The Potomac, Md., native also connected on all 24 of his PAT attempts and led Duke in scoring with 75 points, a total that ranks ninth on the school's single-season chart. In the ACC, Snyderwine ranked first in PAT percentage (1.000), second in field goals per game (1.55), fifth in field goal percentage (.850) and 10th in points per game (6.8).

Snyderwine's top scoring day in 2009 came in Duke's 28-17 win over Virginia with five field goals and one PAT for 16 points. Against the Cavaliers, he hit on field goals covering 25, 28, 34, 43 and 44 yards to match the second-highest single-game total in Duke history and earn ACC Player of the Week honors.

Kickers on the Lou Groza Award watch list were chosen based on statistics from the 2009 season as well as 2010 preseason expectations. Fifteen semi-finalists are returning from 2009, including last year's award-winner Kai Forbath of UCLA.

Accomplishments are tabulated throughout the season and the Lou Groza Place Kicker Award will announce its 20 semifinalists on Friday, October 29. A panel of over 300 experts will select the top three finalists for the award on Nov. 22. The same group then selects the national winner which will be announced on Thursday, Dec. 9 during the Home Depot ESPNU College Football Award Show in Orlando, Fla.

The award is named for NFL Hall of Fame kicker Lou "The Toe" Groza, who played 21 seasons with the Cleveland Browns. Groza won four NFL championships and was named the NFL Player of the Year in 1954. Although an all-pro offensive lineman, Groza ushered in the notion that there should be a place on an NFL roster for a kicker.

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