The Lou Groza Award is sponsored by the Palm Beach County Sports Commission.
2008 Groza Award semifinalists are: Josh Arauco, Arkansas State; Jason Bondzio, Arizona; Matt Bosher, Miami; Ross Evans, TCU; Graham Gano, Florida State; Sam Glusman, Troy; Ryan Harrison, Air Force; Matt Harmon, Navy; Kevin Kelly, Penn State; Dustin Keys, Virginia Tech; Jose Martinez, UTEP; Pat McAfee, West Virginia; Jonathan Phillips, Florida; Jake Rogers, Cincinnati; Louis Sakoda, Utah; Patrick Shadle, Syracuse; Joshua Shene, Mississippi; Leigh Tiffin, Alabama; Phillip Welch, Wisconsin; Jeff Wolfert, Missouri.
A panel that consists of coaches, other college football officials, former winners and football writers will select three finalists. The Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award presented by the FedEx Orange Bowl will be announced on the Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards aired on ESPN on Thurs. December 11. The three finalists will be honored at the Lou Groza Awards Banquet at the Palm Beach County Convention Center on Tues. December 9.
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.