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. The 1,608 career points he scored is still a Browns' franchise record, and he ranks third all-time in league. Groza was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1974.
Walsh, a 5-10, 185-pound native of Boca Raton, Fla., has drilled 13 of 14 field goals attempted this season, including three from 50 yards or longer. He is on pace to be near the top of the list for the best field goal percentage in a year since Billy Bennett currently holds the No. 1 spot after going 13-for-14 (92.86 percent) in 2000. Walsh has also connected on all 77 point-after attempts (27-for-27 in 2009) in his two-year career.
Walsh began the 2009 season by hitting a career-long 53 yarder versus #9 Oklahoma State before knocking down a 37-yard game winner as time expired in the Arizona State game. He has twice tallied 14 points in a game during his career, including his performance at Arkansas this year.