Mean Green Kicker Named To Lou Groza Watch List.
DENTON (8/12/05) - Mean Green all-conference kicker Nick Bazaldua was named to the 2005 Lou Groza Award Watch List, given annually to the nation's top place-kicker.
Bazaldua led all Sun Belt kickers in scoring, field goals per game and field goal percentage last season. The senior finished the regular season making 10 straight field goal attempts, which included four from 40 yards or more, marking the first time a North Texas kicker hit that many field goals from that distance since 1998.
Bazaldua showed his power late in the season when he nailed a 51-yard field goal against
The award, now in its 14th year, is named for NFL Hall-of-Fame kicker Lou Groza, who played 21 seasons with the Cleveland Browns. Groza won four NFL championships with
A panel of over 300 experts vote on the award, including Division I-A head coaches, sports writers and sportscasters, conference representatives, professional kickers and all previous Groza Award finalists.
The 20 semi-finalists for the Lou Groza Award are announced on
The top three finalists are recognized during the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award Banquet on