WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – The reigning Lou Groza Place-Kicker Award winner is one step closer to becoming a repeat honoree as Florida State redshirt sophomore Roberto Aguayo was named one of 20 semifinalists for the 2014 Groza Award on Thursday by the Palm Beach County Sports Commission.
Aguayo is one of six returning semifinalists and is looking to join Seminole great Sebastian Janikowski as the only two-time winners of the national placekicker of the year award. Janikowski won the award in 1998 and 1999.
Aguayo has made 93.3 percent of his field goal tries this season (14-of-15) and all 37 of his extra points. He ranks second overall in the ACC in scoring at 9.9 points per game and first among kickers. Nationally, the Mascotte, Fla., native is tied for 11th in scoring among all players and tied for fourth among kickers.
For his 22-game career, Aguayo has made an astounding 98.8 percent of his kicks, drilling 35 of 37 field goals and making all 131 of his point after attempts. He is 3-for-3 on field goals from 50 yards or longer.
Semifinalists will be voted on by FBS Head Coaches and SIDs, past Groza finalists, and national and regional football writers to select the three finalists. These finalists will be announced on November 24th and honored at the 23rd annual Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Awards Banquet on December 9th in West Palm Beach, Florida. The winner will be announced live on ESPN at the Home Depot College Football Awards Show on Thursday, December 11th.
The award is named in honor of one of the all-time great kickers in football history, Lou Groza. Groza played 21 seasons for the Cleveland Browns setting numerous franchise records, including most games played, most points scored, and an amazing 107 consecutive games in which he scored a point. Groza was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1974.