Saturday, October 22, 2016

Josh Lambert named to Groza Award Watch List

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va.– West Virginia University placekicker Josh Lambert has been named to the Lou Groza Award Watch List by the Palm Beach County Sports Commission on Thursday.

Lambert was a finalist for the award in 2014 and is one of thirty kickers on the list. The junior joins last year’s winner Brad Craddock of Maryland and finalist Roberto Aguayo of Florida State.

The 5-foot-11, 215-pound Lambert hit 30-of-39 field goal attempts and was perfect on all 45 of his extra point tries in 2014. He is just the third kicker that has connected on at least 30 attempts in a single season.

Lambert set an NCAA record for hitting 16 field goals of 40 yards or more and tied the records for most games with two or more field goals made in a game (10) and most with three or more (6). He also set the school’s kick scoring season record with 135 points last year.

Lambert’s accomplishments landed him on four different All-American lists. He also earned All-Big 12 Conference honors last season.

Aguayo, who won the award as a freshman in 2013 and leads the nation in field goals over the past two seasons. Craddock had an incredible year in which he stayed perfect until his final attempt of the regular season. He finished the season with the Maryland school records for accuracy (94.7%), longest field goal (57 yards) and most consecutive made field goals (24).

 Kickers on the Lou Groza Award Watch List were chosen based on statistics from the 2014 season and expectations for the upcoming 2015 season. All 10 FBS conferences are represented among the 30 kickers. The ACC leads the way with six and the Pac-12 with five. The Big 12 has four kickers on the list, while the SEC, MAC and Big 10 each have three. The American and Conference USA each have two. The Mountain West and the Sun Belt each placed one kicker.

Even though the Watch List highlights 30 of the best returning kickers in the country, all FBS kickers are eligible for this year’s award. The Groza Committee will be watching all FBS kickers during the season, and releasing a weekly “Stars of the Week” feature on

The Award is named for National Football League Hall of Fame kicker Lou “The Toe” Groza, who played 21 seasons with the Cleveland Browns. During his time in the NFL, Groza won four championships with the Cleveland Browns and was named NFL Player of the Year in 1954. Be Groza ushered in the notion that there should be a place on an NFL roster for a kicker

Semifinalists for the Lou Groza Award will be announced Nov. 5, 2015, and the three finalists will be unveiled Nov. 23, 2015. The winner of the 2015 Lou Groza Award will be announced as part of the Home Depot College Football Awards Show held on Dec. 10, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia.

The 24th 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,  with a gala awards banquet at the Palm Beach County Convention Center on December 7th, 2015, prior to joining ESPN in Atlanta.



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