Northwestern senior Jeff Budzien has been named to the watch list for the 22nd annual Lou Groza Award, it was announced Wednesday by the Palm Beach County Sports Commission.
The Groza Award, named in honor of Lou Groza, has been given to America’s College Placekicker of the Year since 1992. Groza was an outstanding placekicker at Ohio State and then with the Cleveland Browns.
During his junior season, Budzien went 19-for-20 setting a program record for highest field goal percentage and went 50-for-50 on extra points, extending his 101 active PATs streak. Budzien was also named a 2012 Groza semifinalists, named first-team All-Big Ten, and Bakken-Anderson Big Ten Co-Kicker of the Year.
Semifinalists for the Groza award will be announced on Nov. 4, while the three finalists will be unveiled on Nov. 25. The winner will be announced as part of the Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Show held on Dec. 12.
The Maxwell Award is a part of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA) which encompasses the most prestigious awards in college football. All Maxwell Football Club members, NCAA sports information directors, FBS head coaches and selected national media are eligible to vote for the awards.
The 22nd Annual Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award, presented by the Orange Bowl Committee, is voted on by 300 FBS head coaches, NCAA sports information directors, media members, and former winners.