Starr Named to Lou Groza Award Watch List
Aug. 25, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - After earning a spot as one of three finalists in 2008, fifth-year senior kicker Austin Starr is on the 2008 Lou Groza College Place-Kicker Award Watch List. Comprised of 30 kickers, the list was announced by the Palm Beach County Sports Commission, sponsor of the Groza Award, on Monday morning.
Starr, a second team Associated Press All-American and a CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine All-American in 2007, was named first team All-Big Ten by the conference media last year to become Indiana's first All-Big Ten first team selection at kicker since Bill Manopoulous in 1993. Starr shares fifth in IU history with 33 career field goals, sits fifth with 82 career extra points and his 175 career points rank 10th in school history.
In 2007, Starr set a new school record with 21 field goals (21-for-23) and 48 extra points (48-for-48), both of which had been set by former NFL great Pete Stoyanovich. He hit 15 straight field goals, a new school record, and tied the fourth-best total in Big Ten history. Starr nailed 11-of-12 (91.7) from 40-plus yards and 17-of-19 (89.5) from 30-plus yards, and he has hit 13-of-14 (92.9) from 40-plus yards and 25-of-28 (89.3) from 30-plus yards in his career.
Kickers on the Lou Groza Award Watch List were chosen based on statistics from the 2007 season and 2008 preseason expectations. During the season the Groza Awards Committee monitors the success of all kickers on a national level. Weekly, beginning September 8, 2008, the award recognizes the three outstanding kickers of the week based on the previous week's play.
Accomplishments are tabulated throughout the season and the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award announces its 20 semi-finalists on Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2008. From this list, a panel of over 300 experts selects the top three finalists for the award by Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2008. That same group then selects the national winner which will be aired on Thursday, Dec. 11, 2008 from 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. ET during The Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Show broadcast live from Orlando, Fla.
The 17th Annual Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award, presented by the FedEx Orange Bowl, recognizes the three finalists during an early week celebration in Palm Beach County culminating with a gala awards banquet on Dec. 9 prior to joining ESPN in Orlando.
The award, is named for National Football League (NFL) 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.
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