Pace Named a Semifinalist for Groza Award
Sophomore kicker one of 20 to make the cut
November 8, 2004

The Palm Beach County Sports Commission announced Monday afternoon the 20 semifinalists for the 2004 Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award, presented by the 2005 FedEx Orange Bowl National Championship.

Among the 20 kickers named are 2002 finalist, Mike Nugent from Ohio State and Joe Rheem from Kansas State, brother of former Groza finalist Jaime Rheem. Also making the cut are place-kickers from some of the top-ranked teams in the nation, including: Tyler Jones from Boise State, Brandon Pace from Virginia Tech, Todd Pegram from Texas A&M and Reagan Schneider from UTEP.

Pace is currently 17-for-22 on the season on field goals with a long of 46 yards. The sophomore from Virginia Beach, Va., was not on the preseason watch list, but made the semifinal list after his solid start this season. He is 31-for-31 on PATs and leads the ACC in scoring by kickers with 82 points. He is fourth in the nation with 1.89 field goals per game and 14th in the nation in scoring with 9.11 points per game. His 17 field goals are tied for the third-most in NCAA Division I-A football.

Following is the full list of 20 2004 Lou Groza Semifinalists:

Jeff Babcock, Colorado State

Travis Bell, Georgia Tech

Brian Bostick, Alabama

Mason Crosby, Colorado

Stephen Gostkowski, Memphis

Tyler Jones, Boise State

Darren McCaleb, Southern Mississippi

Justin Medlock, UCLA

Mike Nugent, Ohio State

Matt Nuzie, Connecticut

Brandon Pace, Virginia Tech

Matt Payne, Brigham Young

Todd Pegram, Texas A&M

Dave Rayner, Michigan State

Joe Rheem, Kansas State

Reagan Schneider, Texas-El Paso

Alexis Serna, Oregon State

Colby Smith, Middle Tennessee

Shaun Suisham, Bowling Green

Andrew Wellock, Eastern Michigan