Elliott Named Lou Groza Award Semifinalist
Nov. 4, 2013
Freshman place kicker Jake Elliott is one of 20 semifinalists for the 2013 Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award presented by the Orange Bowl Committee. The Palm Beach County Sports Commission released the names of the 20 student-athletes on Monday.
Elliott has converted on 11-of-12 field goal attempts including 5-for-5 from 40+ yards including a career-long 52-yarder which tied for the second-longest in school history. He is also 13-for-13 on point after tries. Elliott leads the Tigers with 46 points scores.
Earlier this year at Houston, Elliott went 5-for-5 on field goal attempts and the following week was named the American Athletic Conference Special Teams Player of the Week as well as one of the Lou Groza Award's Stars of the Week.
The Western Springs, Ill., native also handles kickoff responsibilities for the Tigers and has had 11 of his 30 kickoffs go for touchbacks. Opponents' average starting point after kickoffs is the 25-yard line.
Semifinalists for the Lou Groza Award will be voted on by FBS Head Coaches and SIDs, past Groza finalists, and national and regional football writers to select the three finalists. These finalists will be announced on Nov. 25 and honored at the 22nd annual Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Awards Banquet on Dec. 10 in West Palm Beach, Fla.
The winner will be announced live on ESPN at the Home Depot College Football Awards Show on Thursday, Dec. 12.
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. Groza was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1974.