Ewald A Candidate for Lou Groza Award
July 8, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana sophomore kicker Mitch Ewald is a candidate for the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award. The Palm Beach County Sports Commission released the 30-player watch list for the 20th annual award.
Accomplishments are tabulated throughout the season and the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award announces its 20 semifinalists on Friday, Oct. 28. From this list, a panel of over 300 experts selects the top three finalists for the award by Monday, Nov. 21. That same group then selects the national winner, which will be announced Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011, during the Home Depot ESPNU College Football Award Show, broadcast live from Orlando.
The Award is 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 Cleveland and was named NFL Player of the Year in 1954. Although an All-Pro offensive lineman, Groza ushered in the notion that there should be a place on an NFL roster for a kicker.
Ewald finished his first season as a Hoosier 16-for-19 on field goals in 2010. The 16 field goals tied Bill Manolopoulos for the third most on IU's single-season list. He also hit all 33 of his extra point opportunities. The 33 extra points were the seventh most on the school's single-season list.
The Naperville, Ill., native earned Big Ten All-Freshman honors from both ESPN.com and Rivals.com last year. Ewald became the first Hoosier to collect Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors and the first to card Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week since 2007, following his game-winning field goal at Purdue.
Season tickets for the 2011 campaign are on sale now! Adult tickets are $230 and Youth tickets are $30. You may order by phone by calling 1-866-IUSPORTS (487-7678) or online through Account Manager. To view and print the 2011 Season Ticket Application click here. Additional ticket information and a description of season ticket benefits can be found in this brochure.
The Hoosiers kick off the 2011 campaign against the Ball State Cardinals on Saturday, Sept. 3, in Indianapolis at Lucas Oil Stadium, the home of the NFL's Indianapolis Colts. ESPN3 will broadcast the contest, starting at 7 p.m. ET.
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