TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State senior kicker Graham Gano is having a pretty good week. On Saturday he extended his school-record streak of consecutive field goals made to 15. On Sunday he took over first place for field goals in the FBS and now he is one of 20 semifinalists for the Lou Groza Award, which is presented to the nation’s top kicker.
Gano has already set the school record for consecutive field goals (15) and he is leading the nation in 50 yard field goals made with four. That is twice as many as any other kicker in the FBS. Gano has three of the 13 longest field goals kicked this season and he is the only kicker in the FBS to make more than one field goal of 52 yards. He also became only the third FSU player to make four or more field goals of 50 yards or more in the same season and he is just one 50 yard field goal away from tying for first all time at FSU.
Semifinalists for the Groza will be voted on by Division 1 coaches and SID's, along with national, regional and local football writers and others who will select the three (3) finalists. These finalists will be invited to the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Awards Banquet, presented by the FedEx Orange Bowl, December 9th in West Palm Beach, FL. The winner will be announced live on the nationally televised Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Program on the evening of December 11, 2008.
The award is named in honor of one of the all-time great kickers in football history, Lou Groza. Groza played 21 seasons for the Cleveland Browns setting numerous franchise records, including most games played, most points scored, and an amazing 107 consecutive games in which he scored a point. The 1,608 career points he scored is still a Browns' franchise record, and he ranks third all-time in league. Groza was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1974.
Past Groza finalists include current NFL kickers, Nate Kaeding, Sebastion Janikowski, Mike Nugent, Martin Gramatica, Jason Elam and Mason Crosby.