ATHENS, Ohio — The Palm Beach County Sports Commission announced today its 2017 Lou Groza Award Watch List and included on the watch list is Ohio redshirt sophomore kicker Louie Zervos (Tarpon Springs, Fla.).
As a freshman in 2016, Zervos set the MAC single-season record with 29 field goals made, which was also a NCAA record for made field goals by a freshman placekicker. Zervos converted 29 of 35 field goal attempts last season and drilled a season-long 51-yard field goal. Zervos helped lead Ohio to a MAC East Title, a Marathon MAC Championship Game appearance and an invite to the 2017 Dollar General Bowl.
The 26th Annual Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award, presented by the Orange Bowl Committee, recognizes the three finalists during a celebration in Palm Beach County, culminating with a gala awards banquet on December 4th.
The Award is named for National Football League 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 as well, Groza ushered in the notion that there should be a place on an NFL roster for a kicker.
The Lou Groza Award is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA), which encompasses college football's most prestigious awards. Founded in 1997, the NCFAA and its 22 awards now boast over 800 recipients, dating to 1935. Visit www.NCFAA.org to learn more about our story.