Friday, July 8, 2011
Big 12 kickers/punter up for awards
By David Ubben
The Lou Groza Award is given annually to college football's best kicker. Here are the Big 12 players on the watch list:
- Randy Bullock, Texas A&M
- Aaron Jones, Baylor
- Grant Ressel, Missouri
- Jimmy Stevens, Oklahoma
- Justin Tucker, Texas
The Groza Award is reasonably stat-based each year, so it's hard to peg true favorites. Grant Ressel is probably the most likely of this group to string together a good season, but Baylor's Aaron Jones got off to a strong start before struggling late in the year.
Oklahoma State's Dan Bailey won the award last year, over Nebraska's Alex Henery. He became the Big 12's second winner in the 19-year history of the award and the first since K-State's Martin Gramatica in 1997.
Florida State has three winners and is the only program with more than one, which, considering, you know, their righted tendencies, is a bit surprising.
Every player on the watch list would be the first Groza Award winner in their program's history.
The Ray Guy Award, given to the nation's best punter, also announced its five-man list.
Oklahoma State's Quinn Sharp was the only Big 12 player to make the cut.