Dec. 10, 2008
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – On the eve of the ESPNU Home Depot College Football Awards, Florida State kicker Graham Gano got some good news as he vies for the biggest athletic honor of his life. The Pensacola, Fla. native, who is up for the Lou Groza Award, was named a first team All-American by Rivals.com Wednesday. It is the first time this season Gano edged out Utah’s Louie Sakoda for first team honors. Gano wasn’t the only Seminole to show up on the list. Defensive end Everette Brown was named a second team All-American as well.
Gano leads the nation in field goals per game and percentage of field goals made. He is the only kicker in the FBS with more than three field goals of 50 yards or more. The senior hit five straight from 50+ yards and also had a stretch of 18 consecutive field goals made at one point this season. He has missed just two attempts and both of those came from 50 yards out or beyond. After missing the first field goal attempt of his career, Gano went on to make 24-of-25 field goals the rest of the season. He also assumed all punting and kick-off duties as well.
Brown’s inclusion on the team is the first national honor for the nation’s third-leading sack artist. Brown has 12.5 sacks this season and he also has 20.5 tackles or loss. The junior from Stantonsburg, NC is the only player in the FBS in the top three in both sacks and TFL. Brown was the runner-up for player of the year honors in the ACC and he is a finalist for the Ted Hendricks Award given to the nation’s top defensive end.
Gano will go for the Groza Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. on the Home Depot College Football Awards. The show will air on ESPN live from the Boardwalk at Walt Disney World.