Kaeding A Finalist For The 2002 Groza Award

The Palm Beach County Sports Commission is pleased to announce the three finalists for the 2002 Lou Groza Collegiate Place Kicker Award. The finalists are Nate Kaeding of the University of Iowa, Mike Nugent from Ohio State University, and Jared Siegel from the University of Oregon.

The award, which is presented by the FedEx Orange Bowl, will be given out during a ceremony on Tuesday, December 10, at the Sheraton West Palm Beach Hotel at City Place in West Palm Beach, FL. The winner will then go up to Orlando, FL, and participate in the ESPN Home Depot College Football Awards Show on Thursday, December 12.

Kaeding finished his season by making 20 field goals on 22 attempts, including a career?long of 55 yards. The junior from Coralville, IA, set the single?season Hawkeye scoring record by recording 115 points this year. Kaeding made his first 19 field goals of the season, and finished the year by making at least two field goals in eight of Iowa's 12 games. Kaeding needs just eight more field goals to tie the Iowa career mark of 54.

Nugent began the season making his first 23 field goal attempts, coming just two short of the NCAA record. The sophomore from Centerville, OH, has made 24 field goals this year on 26 tries, shattering the previous Ohio State mark of 19. Nugent has set a Buckeye record by making nine field goals from 40 yards out or more, and his 111 points also set a new mark for points by a kicker. He kicked a career?best 51?yarder against Indiana.

Siegel has made 18 field goals this year on 21 attempts, making 15 in a row at one point. That set a new Oregon record for consecutive made field goals, breaking the previous record held by 1998 Lou Groza Award finalist Nathan Villegas. Siegel booted a 59?yard field goal against UCLA, setting a new school record and tying the longest field goal in Pac?10 history. The sophomore from Sacramento has scored 98 points for the Ducks this year.

The voters for the Lou Groza Award are comprised of all Division I head coaches, sports writers and sportscasters from across the country, conference officials, various NFL kickers, and all previous Lou Groza Award finalists.

The award, now in its 11th year, is named for Pro Football Hall?of?Fame kicker Lou Groza, who played 21 seasons with the Cleveland Browns. Groza won four NFL championships with Cleveland and was named NFL Player of the Year in 1954. Nicknamed "The Toe," Groza was one of the first people to truly make kicking an art form, and he helped usher into football the idea that a player could be used exclusively for kicking.

The Lou Groza Award is sponsored by Aim Riverside Press, AvMed, Bank Atlantic, The Breakers, Continental Airlines, ESPN, Florida Coca?Cola Bottling, JBS Destination Solutions, Palm Beach Kennel Club, The Palm Beach Post, Parallax Productions, Rooney's Public House, Sheraton West Palm Beach Hotel at CityPlace, and WPEC News 12.

For more information regarding the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award, please go to www.palmbeachsports.com , or call the Palm Beach County Sports Commission at (561) 233?1015.

Previous Winners

2001 Seth Marler Tulane University

2000 Jonathan Ruffin University of Cincinnati

1999 Sebastian Janikowski Florida State University

1998 Sebastian Janikowski Florida State University

1997 Martin Gramatica Kansas State University

1996 Marc Primanti North Carolina State University

1995 Michael Reeder Texas Christian University

1994 Steve McLaughlin University of Arizona

1993 Judd Davis University of Florida

1992 Joe Allison Memphis State University

Hawk-Items - - Established Iowa record by making 22 consecutive field goal attempts over Alamo Bowl game of 2001 and first nine games of 2002 season . . . set Iowa record with 60 consecutive PATs, with streak ending on blocked PAT at Penn State in 2002 . . . established Iowa record with 15 kicking points (three FGs, 6-6 PATs) in win over Kent State in 2001 . . . current season total of 115 points is Iowa record for points in a season and is a Big Ten Conference record for kicking points in a season and he ranks third in career scoring with 262 points . . . set school records this season for made PATs (55) and PAT attempts (56) in a season . . . tied school records for field goals in a game (four) against Penn State in 2000 and against Texas Tech in 2001 . . .tied Iowa bowl record with 13 kicking points vs. Texas Tech and set Iowa bowl records for field goals (four) and field goal attempts (five) . . . named co-Special Teams Player of the Week in the Big Ten for his efforts in overtime win at Penn State.

2002 - - Career totals include 46-60 field goals and 124-126 PATs . . . has made 20-22 field goals and 55-56 PATs while handling all field goal and PAT duties in 12 games . . . 13 points vs. Akron on two field goals and seven PATs, with field goals covering 23 and 20 yards . . . 11 points on three field goals and two PATs in win at Miami, with field goals covering 37, 27 and 49 yards . . . 49-yard field at Miami ties for career longest . . . made all four PAT attempts and a 40-yard field goal vs. Iowa State . . . scored 12 points in win over Utah State, with 6-6 PATs and field goals of 35 and 51 yards . . . scored 10 points in win at Penn State, with 4-5 PATs (one was blocked) and field goals of 47 and 55 yards . . . 55-yard field goal at Penn State ranks as career best and matches third longest ever at Iowa . . . made all four PATs and a 51-yard field goal in win over Purdue . . . connected on three field goals and 5-5 PATs in win over Michigan State, with field goals covering 36, 43 and 28 yards . . . scored as many as 14 kicking points in a game for the third time in his career . . . scored six points in win at Indiana, including 3-3 PATs and a 43-yard field goal on his only three-point attempt . . . scored 10 points in win at Michigan, connecting on 4-4 PATs and field goals of 19 and 27 yards . . . scored eight points in win over Wisconsin, connecting on field goals of 32 and 30 yards and both PAT attempts . . . first field goal miss of the season came on a 27-yard attempt in the second half . . . made all eight PAT attempts in win over Northwestern and for the first time in 2002 did not have any field goal attempts . . . made all six PAT attempts and one of two field goals in win at Minnesota, connecting from 21 yards in the fourth quarter.

Career Statistics Scoring FGs Lng PATs Points Freshman 14-22 49 20-20 62 Sophomore 12-16 47 49-50 85 Junior 20-22 55 55-56 106 Totals 46-60 55 124-126 262

Field Goals 1-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-+ Total Blk

Freshman 0-0 2-3 4-8 8-11 0-0 14-22 1

Sophomore 1-1 1-2 6-8 4-4 0-1 12-16 1

Junior 1-1 6-7 5-5 5-5 3-3 19-20 0

Totals 2-2 9-12 15-21 17-21 3-4 46-60 2

Punting No. Yds. Avg. Lng In-20 TB Blk

Sophomore 6 246 41.0 47 0 0 1

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