WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -
University of Connecticut redshirt junior Bobby Puyol (North Palm Beach, Fla.) was named one of 20 semifinalists for the 2015 Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award presented by the Orange Bowl on Thursday.
Puyol is 12-for-13 in field goals this season and tied a career-long and a season-high 45-yarder UConn’s win vs. East Carolina last Friday night. His previous season-long was 42-yards against BYU. He also had a 45-yarder vs. Memphis in 2014. His two field goals this year vs. BYU tied a career high from two other games. For his career, Puyol has hit on 22 of 28 field goal attempts.
Semifinalists will be voted on by FBS head coaches and sports information directors, a panel of kicking experts including all previous Groza finalists, and national and regional football writers to select the three finalists. These finalists will be announced on November 24 and honored at the 24th annual Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Awards Banquet on December 7 in West Palm Beach, Florida. The winner will be announced live on ESPN at the Home Depot College Football Awards Show on Thursday, December 10.
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.
Since the first Lou Groza Award was handed out in 1992, 20 finalists, including 11 winners, have gone on to appear in the NFL, earning eight trips to the Pro Bowl and taking home five Super Bowls.