Wednesday July 11, 2012Sturgis Named to Groza Award Watch List
Redshirt senior kicker Caleb Sturgis (St. Augustine, Fla.) has been named to the Lou Groza Award watch list for the 2012 season. Sturgis was a finalist for the Groza Award last season and a semifinalist in 2009.
The 21st Annual Lou Groza Award is presented to the nation’s top place-kicker by the Palm Beach County Sports Commission. The 30-player list includes two 2011 finalists, Sturgis and Florida State senior Dustin Hopkins, and 16 other semifinalists from last season.
Kickers on the Lou Groza Award Watch List were chosen based on statistics from the 2011 season and 2012 expectations.
Entering his final season at Florida, Sturgis is 46-of-60 on field goal attempts and 96-or-101 on PATs. He currently ranks second all-time in UF history with 46 made field goals. His five field goals of 50-or-more yards are the most in school history.
In 2011, Sturgis went 22-of-26 (85.0 percent) on field goals for the season. He ranked third in the nation with 22 field goals made and averaged 1.83 field goals per game, the most of any returning kicker. He converted all 31 of his PAT attempts and made his first 12 field goals of the season, which is the third longest streak to start a season in Florida history.
Sturgis was also one of only two kickers in the FBS to make three field goals of 50-or-more yards and just the sixth kicker in UF history to accomplish the feat. His longest make was 55 yards, which was the third-longest in the country in 2011.
The Groza 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 20 semifinalists for the Groza Award will be announced on November 5 and a panel of over 300 experts will select three finalists to be revealed on November 19. The recipient of the Lou Groza Award will be announced at the Home Depot ESPNU College Football Award Show on December 6 in Orlando, Fla.