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Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
Given the ire about Michigan State kicker Brett Swenson being left off the list of Lou Groza Award semifinalists, I thought you would be interested in the note I received from one of the voters.
Sam Valenzisi was an All-American kicker at Northwestern who starred on the 1995 Rose Bowl team. He was a Lou Groza Award finalist in 1995.
"Adam -- As a voter for the Lou Groza Award, I do my own research on each candidate to measure behind the numbers (why were kicks missed, what point in the game were they missed/made, road/home, identity of the opponent, missed XPs weigh more than missed FGs) because not every kick--made or missed--is equally as meaningful in its impact on the game. In my mind, misses against your arch-rival mean more. In defense of Charlie Dunn and the Palm Beach County Sports Commission, they do include a line for a write-in candidate on their ballot (I received mine in the mail yesterday). As a former Big Ten kicker (Northwestern '93-'95) and Groza finalist, I take my responsibility seriously and assure you that any of the voters I know would consider writing-in a worthy candidate if he was not among the semi-finalists (or finalists). I know I have done so in the past, and a big game/make/miss by Swenson--perhaps against Penn State on 11/22 with a possible Big Ten title, Rose Bowl (MSU) and BCS championship berth (PSU) on the line--would definitely resonate with voters. Sam Valenzisi Chicago, IL"
So, there's still a chance for Swenson to get the recognition many of us think he deserves.
Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg Given the ire about Michigan State kicker Brett Swenson being left off the list of Lou Groza Award semifinalists, I thought you would be interested in the note I received from one of the voters.