Three Big 12 kickers have been selected as Lou Groza Award semifinalists, the Palm Beach County Sports Commission announced. The Groza Award is presented annually to the NCAA’s most outstanding placekicking performer among FBS teams.
Michael Hunnicutt (Oklahoma), Anthony Fera (Texas) and Ryan Bustin (Texas Tech) are among the 20 semifinalists selected.
Hunnicutt has connected on 16 of 18 field goal attempts this season, giving him an 88.9 make percentage, the nation’s third-highest mark (minimum 15 attempts). Only three kickers from FBS schools have made more field goals than Hunnicutt, who has also connected on 26 of 27 PATs.
Fera has connected on 11 of 12 field goal attempts and 32 of 33 extra points this season. The senior leads the Big 12 Conference with a 91.7 field goal percentage, a mark that is tied for seventh nationally among kickers with at least 10 attempts.
Bustin has connected on 19 of 22 field goal attempts this season. Bustin boasts a perfect extra point percentage, making all 41 attempts.Semifinalists will be voted on by FBS head coaches and SIDs, past Lou Groza Award finalists, as well as national and regional football writers to select the three finalists. These finalists will be announced on November 25th and honored at the 22nd annual Lou Groza Collegiate Placekicker Awards Banquet on December 10 in West Palm Beach, Florida. The winner will be announced live on ESPN at the Home Depot College Football Awards Show on Thursday, December 12. The award is named in honor of one of the all‐time great kickers in football history.