Sade Named Lou Groza Award Semifinalist

RALEIGH, N.C. - NC State junior placekicker Niklas Sade has been named one of 20 finalists for the Lou Groza Award, the Palm Beach County Sports Commission announced Monday morning.

Eight games into the 2013 campaign, Sade is having his best season since earning the starting kicking job as a true freshman in 2011. This season, Sade is 17-of-19 on field goal attempts and a perfect 19-of-19 on extra points.

Sade currently ranks second nationally with 17 made field goals. Twice this season, against Louisiana Tech and North Carolina, he has booted four field goals in a single game, just one shy of the school record.

Sade, who currently ranks second in the ACC in scoring (70 points) among all players, is one of three placekickers from the league on the updated Groza list.

Semifinalists will be voted on by FBS Head Coaches and SIDs, past Groza finalists, and national and regional football writers to select the three finalists. These finalists will be announced on November 25th and honored at the 22nd annual Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Awards Banquet on December 10th in West Palm Beach, Florida. The winner will be announced live on ESPN at the Home Depot College Football Awards Show on Thursday, December 12th.

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