Joe Rheem Semifinalist for Groza Award
MANHATTAN, Kan. -
Kansas State senior place-kicker Joe Rheem was named one of 20 finalists for the 2004 Lou Groza award, the Palm Beach County Sports Commission announced late Monday night.
Rheem, Kansas State's leading scorer with 64 points this season and the Big 12 Conference's No. 2 kick-scorer on the year, has connected on 11-of-13 field goals, including 3-of-5 from 40 yards or longer, with his only misses coming on blocks that resulted from protection break-downs.
The Wichita, Kan., product is also a perfect 31-for-31 on PATs and has made 68 straight dating back to K-State's game vs. Colorado on Oct. 18, 2003 for one of the longest streaks in the nation.
On this week's NCAA chart, Rheem ranks 63rd in the nation in scoring with 7.11 points per game and 34th nationally in field goals made per game (1.22).
For his career, the senior is third all-time at K-State in career scoring with 279 points, is fifth in field goals made (36) and second in PATs made (171).
The brother of 1999 and 2000 Lou Groza Award runner-up Jamie Rheem, Joe is joined on this year's semifinalist list by just two other Big 12 kickers, Mason Crosby of Colorado and Todd Pegram of Texas A&M.
The voters for the Lou Groza Award are comprised of all Division I head coaches plus sports writers and sportscasters from across the country, conference officials, various NFL kickers and all previous Lou Groza Award finalists.
The three finalists for the Lou Groza Award will be announced on Monday, Nov. 22. The finalists will then be honored at the 13th Annual Lou Groza Award Banquet on Tuesday, Dec. 7, at the West Palm Beach Marriott in West Palm Beach, Fla.
The award, now in its 13th year, is named for NFL 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.
For more information regarding the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award, including banquet, hotel and ticket information, please contact the Palm Beach County Sports Commission at (561) 233-1015 or visit www.lougrozaaward.com.
2004 Lou Groza Semifinalists
Joe Rheem, Kansas State
Jeff Babcock, Colorado State
Travis Bell, Georgia Tech
Brian Bostick, Alabama
Mason Crosby, Colorado
Stephen Gostkowski, Memphis
Tyler Jones, Boise State
Darren McCaleb, Southern Mississippi
Justin Medlock, UCLA
Mike Nugent, Ohio State
Matt Nuzie, Connecticut
Brandon Pace, Virginia Tech
Matt Payne, Brigham Young
Todd Pegram, Texas A&M
Dave Rayner, Michigan State
Reagan Schneider, Texas-El Paso
Alexis Serna, Oregon State
Colby Smith, Middle Tennessee
Shaun Suisham, Bowling Green
Andrew Wellock, Eastern Michigan