WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.– Ohio football redshirt junior kicker Louie Zervos (Tarpon Springs, Fla.) has been named to the 2018 Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award Watchlist, the Palm Beach Country Sports Commission announced on Wednesday (July 25). This is the second-straight year that Zervos has been named to the preseason watchlist.
Zervos finished the 2017 season 15-of-18 in field goal attempts for an 83.3 percent average. He registered season-long 46-yard fields twice -- on Sept. 16, 2017, in a 42-30 victory against Kansas, and again on Nov. 14, 2017, at Akron. Zervos was 61-of-64 on extra points, helping him register 106 total points on the season.
Among active kickers with more than one season, no one has kicked more field goals per game than Zervos, having made 44 in two seasons at an average rate of 1.57 per game. He is the only junior in the active top ten for either field goals or kick-scoring. In fact, despite only playing two seasons, he's already fourth among all active FBS kickers in career field goals.
Accomplishments are tabulated throughout the season and the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award will announce its 20 semifinalists on Thursday, November 1st. From this list, a panel of more than 300 FBS head coaches, SIDs, media members, former Groza finalists, and current NFL kickers selects the top three finalists for the award by Tuesday, November 20th. That same group then selects the national winner, who will be announced on Thursday, December 6th during the Home Depot College Football Awards Show.
The 27th Annual Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award, presented by the Orange Bowl, recognizes the three finalists during a celebration in Palm Beach County, culminating with a gala awards banquet at West Palm Beach's Kravis Center for the Performing Arts on December 3rd.
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.
For more information on the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award and to see the "Stars of the Week" throughout the season, please go to www.lougrozaaward.com. For even more updates on the best kicking performances throughout the season, follow @LouGrozaAward on Twitter.
The Bobcats open the 2018 season on Saturday, Sept. 1 against Howard. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. inside Peden Stadium and can be seen on ESPN+. Click here for ticket information or call 1-800-575-CATS (2287).