Aug. 29, 2007
West Palm Beach, Fla. – On Tuesday linebacker Geno Hayes was named to the Butkus Award watch list. Now another Seminoles has been recognized as one of the best in the nation at his position. For the second year place-kicker Gary Cismesia is in the running for the Lou Groza Award. The senior was named to the Groza watch list on Tuesday.
Kickers on the Lou Groza Award Watch List were chosen based on statistics from the 2006 season and 2007 preseason expectations. However, all Division I-A kickers are eligible for consideration for the award.
A panel of over 300 experts vote on the award, including Division I-A head coaches, sports writers and sportscasters, conference representatives, professional kickers and all previous Groza Award finalists.
Cismesia is one of the most accurate place-kicker in FSU history. A 2007 preseason All-ACC third team selection by Athlon Magazine, Cismesia is among the Seminoles’ all-time leading scorers. The Parrish, Fla. native enters his senior season with an extra point success rate of nearly 98 percent (85 of 87, .977) and a field goal success rate of nearly 72 percent (38 of 53, .717). He is Florida State‘s second all-time leader in point after touchdown percentage in two plus years as the Seminoles’ starting place kicker and he enters the season having made 32 consecutive PAT’s. Cismesia is the third most accurate field goal kicker in school history. He has made and attempted every field goal (31 of 44 / .705 percent) in the last two years for Florida State. Cismesia is ranked 11th in school history with 199 career points and could climb into Florida State‘s all-time top five for scoring with a strong season.
The 20 semi-finalists for the Lou Groza Award are announced on Tuesday, November 6, 2007 followed by the naming of the three finalists two weeks later on Tuesday, November 20, 2007.
The award, is named for National Football League (NFL) Hall of Fame kicker Lou “the Toe” 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. Although an “All Pro” offensive lineman, Groza ushered in the notion that there should be a place on an NFL roster for a kicker.