ATHENS, Ohio– The Ohio football team wrapped up its first full week of fall camp Saturday morning, as they held their sixth practice inside Peden Stadium.
OhioBobcats.com caught up with redshirt junior kicker Louie Zervos (Tarpon Springs, Fla.) following the Bobcats' practice today for a quick question and answer session.
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.
On July, 25, Zervos was named to the 2018 Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award Watchlist for the second time in his career. 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.
Q: How has the first week of camp gone?
"It's been good so far. We've been working with the unit to get our times down. Also working with some accuracy drills. This year we want to be above 83.3 percent on field goals, that's our main goal this year.
Q: What improvement in the team have you noticed over the past six days?
"We've noticed that everyone is working a lot better together than they did last year. We've had two new guys who have come in and they've done a good job so far. Other than that, we've been working on the punts and everything has been improving."
Q: Second-straight year on the Groza Watchlist, what does that mean to you?
"It's a preseason list. It's an honor for sure. But unless I win it, it doesn't mean too much. I really want to win it. But in the preseason, I try not to get my hopes up too much."
Q: What have you done during the offseason to increase your ability for this season?
"I've been going to camps this off season. A lot of the same ones that I've gone to since high school. I've worked a lot in the weight room this season to get my legs stronger. That was one of the things that I went out of last season and thought about. I've also worked on kickoffs and just mentality wise trying to get better."
Q: What goals have you set for yourself for this season?
"This goals would be to win the Groza Award. But I don't think it's just that. It's also working on getting above that 83.3 percent on field goals that I've had the last two years. I also want to work on getting my kickoffs to the back of the endzone. I also just want to help the team win games."
The Bobcats will have Sunday off, but will return to camp on Monday, Aug. 13 to begin week two.
Ohio will open the 2018 season on Sept. 1 with a 2 p.m. ET matchup against Howard at Peden Stadium. The contest will be broadcast on ESPN+. Click here for ticket information or call 1-800-575-CATS (2287).
2018 Ohio Football Fall Camp Remaining Schedule
Practice 7 – Aug. 13 – 8:40 a.m.
Practice 8 – Aug. 14 – 8:40 a.m.
Practice 9 – Aug. 15 – 8:40 a.m.
Practice 10 – Aug. 16 – 8:40 a.m.
Practice 11 – Aug. 17 – 9 a.m. (Scrimmage 1)
Practice 12 – Aug. 18 – 3 p.m.
Practice 13 – Aug. 20 – 8:40 a.m.
Practice 14 – Aug. 21 – 8:40 a.m.
Practice 15 – Aug. 22 – 8 a.m.
Practice 16 – Aug. 23 – 9:15 a.m. (Scrimmage 2)
Practice 17 – Aug. 24 – 8:40 a.m.