Four Big 12 kickers have been selected as Lou Groza Award semifinalists, it was announced today. The Lou Groza Award is presented annually by the Palm Beach County Sports Commission to the NCAA's most outstanding placekicking performer among FBS teams.
Anthony Cantele (K-State), Michael Hunnicutt (Oklahoma), Quinn Sharp (Oklahoma State) and Jaden Oberkrom (TCU) are among the 20 semifinalists selected by the Orange Bowl Committee.
Sharp leads the nation in field goals per game with 2.25. Hunnicutt is 10 of 11 the season and leads the Big 12 with a 90.9 field goal make percentage. Cantele, who is one of only eight kickers in the nation to be true on every field goal away from home, leads the nation with 51 extra-points made. Oberkrom is one of just three true freshman to make the list.
Semifinalists will be voted on by FBS Head Coaches and SIDs, along with national and regional football writers, and past Groza winners to select the three finalists. These finalists will be announced on November 19th and honored at the 21st annual Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Awards Banquet on December 4th in West Palm Beach, Florida.
The winner will be announced live on the Home Depot ESPN College Football Awards Show on Thursday, December 6th.