Pace Named Groza Semifinalist
Junior up for top kicker award
November 7, 2005

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - The Palm Beach County Sports Institute announced Monday the 20 semifinalists for the 2005 Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award presented by the FedEx Orange Bowl.

Among the 20 kickers named are 2004 semifinalists, Mason Crosby from Colorado, Darren McCaleb from Southern Mississippi, Brandon Pace from Virginia Tech, Reagan Schneider from Texas-El Paso (UTEP) and Alexis Serna from Oregon State.

The Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award recognizes the top place-kicker in NCAA Division I-A football. Voters for the award include Division I-A head coaches, sports writers and sportscasters, conference representatives, professional kickers and previous Groza Award finalists.

The three finalists for the Lou Groza Award are announced on Monday, Nov. 21 and are honored at the 14th Annual Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award Dinner on Tuesday, Dec. 6 at the Palm Beach Gardens Marriott. The 2005 Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award winner is announced on Thursday, Dec. 8 during the ESPN Home Depot College Football Award Show in Orlando, Fla.

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 Cleveland and was named NFL Player of the Year in 1954. Nicknamed "The Toe," Groza was one of the first people to truly make kicking an art form, and he helped usher in to football the idea that a player could be used exclusively for kicking.

For more information on the 20 Semifinalists, including complete statistics, please visit http://www.lougrozaaward.com/Candidates/index.htm.

And the 2005 Lou Groza Semifinalists are...

Name              School         FGM    FGA   FG%   Long   Points

Mike Barrow       Idaho          11     13    84.6  50     46

Dan Beardall      Utah           13     14    92.9  47     68

Kenny Byrd        New Mexico     12     14    85.7  46     67

Brandon Coutu     Georgia        17     22    77.3  58     76

Mason Crosby      Colorado       16     21    76.2  58     78

Jad Dean          Clemson        20     25    80    47     87

John Deraney      NC State       11     13    84.6  48     53

Brad DeVault      Tulsa          12     13    92.3  52     66

Connor Hughes     Virginia       16     19    84.2  50     73

Josh Huston	  Ohio State     16     19    84.2  47     81

Robert Lee	  East Carolina  12     14    85.7  51     57

Darren McCaleb	  Southern Miss  14     16    87.5  47     67

Brandon Pace	  Virginia Tech	 14     17    82.4  44     79

Garrett Rivas	  Michigan       17     22    77.3  47     74

Jason Robbins	  Toledo         10     10    100   35     70

Kyle Schlicher	  Iowa           13     16    81.3  52     70

Reagan Schneider  UTEP           14     15    93.3  49     72

Alexis Serna	  Oregon State   22     24    91.7  47     94

Clint Stitser	  Fresno State   10     11    90.9  44     59

Sam Swank	  Wake Forest    18     22    81.8  51     81