Wallace on Lou Groza watch list

Cardinal Authority is counting down the days until the University of Louisville football team starts the season on Sept. 5 against Auburn in the Chick-Fil-A Classic at the Georgia Dome. It's 58 days before the game and here's a look another Cardinal making a preseason watch list

University of Louisville senior kicker John Wallace has been named to the Lou Groza Watch List, the Palm Beach County Sports Commission announced on Thursday.

Wallace, a product of Central Hardin High School, is among 30 early candidates for the 2015 Lou Groza Award, which is given annually to the nation's top place-kicker.

Wallace converted 15 of 19 field-goal attempts last fall and is 51 of 64 (.796) for his career. The 51 career field goals currently ranks third on the school's all-time list, trailing 2006 Lou Groza Award winner Art Carmody's record by nine.

The watch list also the past two winners of the award, Brad Craddock of Maryland (2014) and Florida State's Roberto Aguay (2013). West Virginia's Josh Lambert, a 2014 finalist, is also on the early list.

Wallace joins other Cardinals on a preseason watch list, joining Sheldon Rankins, Brandon Radcliff and James Quick.

More from the release:

Kickers on the Lou Groza Award Watch List were chosen based on statistics from the 2014 season and 2015 expectations. All ten FBS conferences are represented among the 30 kickers, led by the ACC with six, the Pac-12 with five, and the Big 12 with four. The Big Ten, MAC and SEC each placed three kickers, followed by a pair each from the American and Conference USA. The Mountain West and the Sun Belt each placed one kicker.

While the Watch List highlights thirty of the best returning kickers in the country, all FBS kickers are eligible for this year’s award. In fact, two of the past three winners were not on that year’s Watch List. The Groza Committee will be watching all FBS kickers during the season, and releasing a weekly “Stars of the Week” feature on www.lougrozaaward.com.

Semifinalists for the Lou Groza Award will be announced November 5, 2015, while the three finalists will be unveiled November 23, 2015. The winner of the 2015 Lou Groza Award will be announced as part of the Home Depot College Football Awards Show held on December 10, 2015.

The 24th Annual Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award, presented by the Orange Bowl Committee, recognizes the three finalists during an early week celebration in Palm Beach County, culminating with a gala awards banquet at the Palm Beach County Convention Center on December 7th, 2015, prior to joining ESPN in Atlanta.

The Award is named for National Football League Hall of Fame kicker Lou “The Toe” 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. Although an All-Pro offensive lineman as well, Groza ushered in the notion that there should be a place on an NFL roster for a kicker.

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