Junior Iowa Hawkeyes kicker Mike Meyer was named a finalist for the Lou Groza Collegiate Place Kicker Award. The Orange Bowl Committee announced the 20 semi-finalists today and the three finalists will be named on November 19th. The winner will be announced on December 6th.
Meyer, who is an Iowa native, has won the Big 10 Special Teams Player of the week twice before, and has also twice been named a Lou Groza Star of the Week. This season he has connected on 15-of-18 field goals and at one point made 13 straight kicks. Meyer currently sits fifth in Big 10 scoring with a 7.1 points per game average. He is also eighth in the nation with 1.7 field goals made per contest.
Meyer has made 75 straight extra points ,which is an Iowa Hawkeyes record and ranks fifth on Iowa’s all-time scoring list with 223 points.
Two other kickers from the conference were also included on the list of semi-finalists. The Michigan Wolverines Brendan Gibbons who is 13-of-15 on field goals this year and the Northwestern Wildcats Jeff Budzien who is 11-of-12 were also recognized.
Only two Big 10 kickers have claimed the Groza Award in the past. Iowa’s Nate Kaeding won it in 2002 and Mike Nugent of the Ohio State Buckeyes claimed the trophy in 2004. Both of them are now playing in the National Football League.
If one of the Big 10 nominees were to come away with the award, it will be a little bit of good news for a conference having a down year.
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