Wisnosky Named to Preseason Watch List For Lou Gro

Deacon placekicker one of 30 early candidates for national award

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Wake Forest sophomore placekicker Matt Wisnosky has been named to the preseason watch list for the Lou Groza Collegiate Placekicker Award, as announced by the Palm Beach County Sports Commission. Wisnosky is one of 30 players to appear on the 2003 watch list, which was based on statistics from the 2002 season as well as preseason expectations.

Wisnosky, a former Deacon walk-on, served as WFU¡¦s placekicker last season and is the projected 2003 starter entering fall drills. Last year he converted on 17-of-25 field goals, including a career-long 43-yarder in the Seattle Bowl. He also scored on 33-of-36 extra-point attempts and finished the season as WFU¡¦s leading scorer with 84 points -- the third highest season total in school history.

The 20 semi-finalists for the Lou Groza Award will be announced on Monday, November 3, followed with the naming of the three finalists two weeks later, on Monday, November 17. The award will be given out during a ceremony on Tuesday, December 9, 2003, at the West Palm Beach Marriott at CityPlace in West Palm Beach, Fla.

A panel of over 300 experts votes on the award, including Division I-A head coaches, sports writers and sportscasters, conference representatives, professional kickers and all previous Groza Award finalists.

The award, now in its 12th year, is named for NFL Hall of Fame kicker Lou 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. Nicknamed ¡§The Toe,¡¨ Groza was one of the first people to truly make kicking an art form, and he helped usher in to football the idea that a player could be used exclusively for kicking.

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