Grogan Named To Groza Watch List

You can now add junior kicker Ben Grogan to the list of Oklahoma State Cowboys on major awards watch lists as Grogan was named to the 2015 watch list for the Lou Groza Collegiate Place Kicking Award. The Groza Award is administrated and given by the Palm Beach County Sports Commission in Florida.

Grogan was a top 20 semifinalist for the same award last season when he had a rough start but turned it around and finished with 22 field goals on 28 attempts, including an overtime field goal to win the Bedlam game and connecting on three of four field goals including a 40-yarder in the bowl win over Washington.

His longest field goal of the season was a 47-yard make against UTSA. Grogan also was perfect connecting on 41-of-41 PAT. In his career, the native of Arlington, Texas and Martin High School is 33-of-46 on field goals. He has done that despite dealing with a hip injury that was corrected in the off season.

Grogan joins quarterback Mason Rudolph (Maxwell) and defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah (Chuck Bednarik) as major award candidates. Both Rudolph and Ogbah should make some other watch lists such as the Unitas and Manning Award for Rudolph and the Nagurski, Lombardi, and Ted Hendricks for Ogbah.

I also expect cornerback Kevin Peterson to be on the watch list for the Jim Thorpe Award given out here in Oklahoma. Also, both Ryan Simmons and Seth Jacobs could make the Dick Butkis watch list.

Kickers on the Lou Groza Award Watch List were chosen based on statistics from the 2014 season and 2015 expectations. All 10 FBS conferences are represented among the 30 kickers, including four from the Big 12.

Semifinalists for the Groza Award will be announced Nov. 5, with three finalists unveiled Nov. 23. The winner will be announced as part of the Home Depot College Football Awards Show held on Dec. 10.

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 banquet at the Palm Beach County Convention Center on Dec. 7 prior to joining ESPN in Atlanta.

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