Ewald Placed On Lou Groza Award Watch List
July 10, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana senior kicker Mitch Ewald is one of 30 players on the 2013 Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award Preseason Watch List, the Palm Beach County Sports Commission announced Wednesday (July 10) morning. Ewald is a Lou Groza Award candidate for the third consecutive season.
Ewald is tied for third on IU's career list with 44 field goals, fourth with 105 extra points and sixth with 237 total points. He is the school's all-time career field goal percentage leader, connecting on 44-of-55 (80.0 percent), with two blocked. His percentage is eighth among active kickers nationally. In 24 career Big Ten games, Ewald has hit 29-of-35 (82.9) field goals.
Ewald was named Indiana's Special Ops Player of the Year (special teams) in 2012 and was tabbed honorable All-Big Ten by the league's media.
Kickers on the Lou Groza Award Watch List were chosen based on statistics from the 2012 season and 2013 expectations. Ten conferences are represented among the 30 kickers, led by four each from the ACC, Big Ten, Conference USA and the MAC, while the Mountain West placed three representatives.
Accomplishments are tabulated throughout the season and the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award will announce its 20 semifinalists on Monday, November 4th. From this list, a panel of more than 300 FBS head coaches, SIDs, media members, and former winners selects the top three finalists for the award by Monday, November 25th. That same group then selects the national winner, who will be announced on Thursday, December 12th during the Home Depot College Football Awards, broadcast live from Orlando, Fla.
The 22nd 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 gala awards banquet on December 10th, prior to joining ESPN in 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 as well, Groza ushered in the notion that there should be a place on an NFL roster for a kicker.
For more information on the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award and to see the "Stars of the Week" throughout the season, please go to www.lougrozaaward.com. For even more updates on the best kicking performances throughout the season, follow @LouGrozaAward on Twitter.
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