Sophomore kicker Elliott Fry has been named to the 2014 Lou Groza Collegiate Placekicker Award watch list.
Fry became the first true freshman to kick a South Carolina season opener since 1996 last year. He led the team in scoring with 99-points and set a Gamecocks season record with 54 extra points. His four field goals were the difference in a 19-14 win over the Gators, while his 40-yarder in the second overtime against Mizzou was the game winner.
Kickers on the Lou Groza watch list were chosen based on stats from the 2013 season and their 2014 expectations.
All ten FBS conferences are represented among 30 kickers. The American, Big 12, Mountain West, and Pack-12 all had four from each. Also, the ACC, MAC, and SEC each placed three kickers, followed by a pair from the Big Ten. Conference USA and the Sun Belt placed one kicker, along with independent Notre Dame.
It’s 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 the Browns 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.
The 23rd Annual Award will announce its 20 semifinalists on Thursday, Nov. 6th. From this list, a panel of more than 300 FBS head coaches, SID’s, media members, and former Groza finalists select the top three finalists for the award by Monday, Nov. 24th. Then, those three finalist will be recognized during an early week celebration in Palm Beach County.
That same group will select the national winner, who will be announced on Thursday, December 11th, during the Home Depot College Football Awards, broadcast live from Orlando (Fla.).
GamecockPride.com will keep you updated on Fry’s part in this prestigious award.