Aug. 1, 2002
Seattle - Washington senior kicker John Anderson has been named to the 2002 Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award Preseason Watch List. Anderson, is a native of Palm Beach, the site of the Groza Award ceremony.
Anderson enters his senior season as one of the best placekicker in Washington history. He is third on UW's all-time field goals list with 39 and is the co-holder of the school record for long field goal with a 56 effort in 1999 vs. UCLA. Anderson owns the Huskies' bowl records for longest field goal (47 yards) and field goals in a game (three).
This year's Groza Watch List includes two former winners, two former finalists, and a member of the defending National Champions.
The Watch List is comprised of the top 30 preliminary candidates for the 11th Annual Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award, presented by the FedEx Orange Bowl. The award will be given out during a ceremony on Tuesday, December 10, at the Sheraton West Palm Beach Hotel at CityPlace in West Palm Beach, FL.
Among those kickers named to the Lou Groza Award Watch List are last year's Lou Groza Award winner, Seth Marler of Tulane, and 2000 Groza winner, Jonathan Ruffin of Cincinnati. Auburn's Damon Duval and Alex Walls of Tennessee both are past finalists who are also on the list.
The kickers on the Lou Groza Award Watch List were chosen based on statistics from the 2001 season and on preseason expectations. However, all Division I-A kickers are eligible for consideration for the award.
A panel of over 300 people made up of Division I-A head coaches, sports writers and sportscasters, conference representatives, professional kickers, and all previous Groza Award finalists votes upon the award.
The 20 semi-finalists for the Lou Groza Award will be announced on November 4, followed two weeks later by the naming of the three Lou Groza Award finalists on November 18.
The award, now in its 11th 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.
The Lou Groza Award is sponsored by AvMed, Bank Atlantic, The Breakers, Continental Airlines, ESPN, Florida Coca-Cola Bottling, JBS Destination Solutions, Palm Beach Kennel Club, The Palm Beach Post, Parallax Productions, Rooney's Public House, Sheraton West Palm Beach at CityPlace, and WPEC News Channel 12.
For more information regarding the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award, please go to www.palmbeachsports.com.
2002 Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award
Preseason Watch List
NAME SCHOOL CLASS John Anderson Washington Sr. Asen Asparuhov Fresno State Sr. Justin Ayat Hawaii So. Steve Azar Northern Illinois Jr. Johnny Beck Kansas So. Xavier Beitia Florida State So. Billy Bennett Georgia Jr. Peter Christofilakos Illinois Sr. David Davis Southern California Sr. Drew Dunning Washington State Jr. Damon Duval Auburn Sr. Damon Fine Nevada Jr. Curtis Head Marshall Sr. Adam Kiker North Carolina State Jr. Luke Manget Georgia Tech Sr. Dusty Mangum Texas So. Seth Marler Tulane Sr. Kevin Miller East Carolina Sr. Nick Novak Maryland So. Matt Payne Brigham Young So. Luke Phillips Oklahoma State Jr. Jonathan Ruffin Cincinnati Sr. Josh Scobee Louisiana Tech Jr. Nicholas Setta Notre Dame Sr. Todd Sievers Miami (FL) Sr. Nate Smith Louisville Jr. Robert Treece Texas Tech Sr. Alex Walls Tennessee Sr. J.D. Wallum Wyoming Sr. Daniel Weaver South Carolina Jr.