The Palm Beach County Athletic Commission announced today that placekicker BT Potter has been named as one of 30 members on the 2022 Watch List for the Lou Groza Award, given annually to the top kicker in the nation. Additional information from the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame and the Jim Thorpe Association is included below.
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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Headlined by two past winners and three other past finalists, it’s been a very competitive year on the thirty-player watch list for the 2022 Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award, as reported by the Palm Beach County Sports Commission.
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Defending Groza winner Jake Moody joins 2018 winner Andre Szmyt as kickers with a chance to become the second player to win the award multiple times, joining Sebastian Janikowski who won in 1998 and 1999. They will have to fend off competition from 2021 finalist Noah Ruggles, 2020 finalists Jacob Oldroyd and Will Reichard, and 15 other former semi-finalists. That total includes multi-year semifinalists Missouri junior Harrison Mevis, UTSA senior Jared Sackett and Nevada senior Brandon Talton, who was a semifinalist in each of his first three seasons.
Eleven returning kickers scored at least a dozen field goals last season while converting at least 83% of their attempts, and all landed on the watch list: Arizona student second Tyler Loop (12 FG, 100%), Tulsa senior Zack Long (22, 95.7), Ohio State senior Ruggles (20, 95.2), Boise State junior Jonah Dalmas (26, 92.9), Missouri junior Mevis (23, 92.0), Michigan senior Moody (23, 92.0), UNLV senior Daniel Gutierrez (16, 88.9), Maryland senior Chad Ryland (19, 86.4), Hawaii junior Matthew Shipley (18, 85.7), junior Texas State’s Seth Keller (15, 83.3) and Arkansas No. 2 student Cam Little (20, 83.3).
If you look more at field goal volume, 13 return kickers made at least 18 attempts while converting more than 75% of the time, with this group also voted on the watch list: Dalmas (26, 92.9 ), Colorado State senior Cayden Camper (25, 78.1), Purdue senior Mitchell Fineran (24, 82.8), Mevis (23, 92.0), Moody (23, 92.0), Western Kentucky junior Brayden Narveson (23, 79.3), Long (22, 95.7), Georgia senior Jack Podlesny (22, 81.5), Northern Illinois junior John Richardson (22, 81.5), Alabama senior Reichard (22, 78, 6), Clemson senior BT Potter (21, 80.8), Ruggles (20, 95.2), Little (20, 83.3), Notre Dame senior Blake Grupe (20, 80.0), Ryland (19, 86.4), Sophomore East Carolina Owen Daffer (19, 82.6), West Virginia senior Casey Legg (19, 82.6) and Shipley (18, 85.7).
While the watchlist highlights 30 of the nation’s best returning kickers, Moody, who was not on the 2021 watchlist, is proof that the Groza Committee will be watching all FBS kickers throughout the season. as all FBS kickers remain eligible to be selected as semi-finalists. The Committee publishes a weekly “Stars of the Week” feature on www.lougrozaaward.com.
Achievements are tallied throughout the season, and the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award will announce its 20 semi-finalists on Thursday, November 3. From that list, a panel of more than 100 FBS, SID head coaches, members of the media, former Groza finalists and current NFL kickers select the top three finalists for the award, announced Tuesday, Nov. 22. That same group then selects the national winner, which will be announced Thursday, December 8 during the Home Depot College Football Awards on ESPN.
The 31st annual Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award, presented by the Orange Bowl, honors the three finalists at a celebration in Palm Beach County, culminating with a gala banquet at the West Palm Beach Marriott on December 5.
The award is named after 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 he was also an All-Pro offensive lineman, Groza ushered in the idea that he should be a spot on an NFL roster for a kicker.
For more information on the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award and to view “Stars of the Week” throughout the season, visit www.lougrozaaward.com. For even more updates on top kicking performances throughout the season, follow @LouGrozaAward on Twitter.
National College Football Awards Association
The Lou Groza Award is a member of the National College Football Awards Association. The NCFAA encompasses college football’s most prestigious awards. Founded in 1997, the NCFAA and its 25 awards now has more than 800 recipients, dating back to 1935. Visit ncfaa.org to learn more about our history.
NCFAA members unveil preseason watchlists over a two-week period. Sixteen of the association’s 25 awards are presenting their preseason watch list during this time as the NCFAA led a coordinated effort to promote each award’s preseason nominees. Here is the 2022 pre-season watchlist schedule:
Here is the full 2022 pre-season watchlist schedule:
Monday, July 18: Maxwell Prize
Tuesday, July 19: Davey O’Brien Prize
Wednesday, July 20: Doak Walker Prize
Thursday July 21: Biletnikoff Prize
Friday, July 22: Mackey Prize / Rimington Trophy
Monday, July 25: Butkus Prize / Jim Thorpe Prize
Tuesday, July 26: Bronko Nagurski Trophy / Outland Trophy
Wednesday, July 27: Lou Groza Prize / Ray Guy Prize
Thursday 28 July: Paul Hornung Prize / Wuerffel Trophy
Friday, July 29: Walter Camp Prize
Monday, August 1: Bednarik Prize
About the Palm Beach County Athletic Commission
The Palm Beach County Athletic Commission is a private, nonprofit organization contracted by Palm Beach County to promote and market the county as a sports and sports tourism destination. The Commission organizes sporting events and activities in the county, improves economic impact, drives bed tax revenue (primarily out of season), and maximizes the use of county facilities. The Commission offers a full range of event support services, corporate partnerships, sponsorships and a local membership program that support its objectives. Local, regional, national and international marketing efforts are underway by the Commission with sports organizations and event owners. The Commission also produces sports-related programs for Palm Beach County residents, including the annual Lou Groza Awards program, the Palm Beach County Sports Hall of Fame, the Kids Fitness Festival of the Palm Beaches, and the Holiday Basketball Classic of the Palm. Beaches. For more information about the Palm Beach County Sports Commission, visit www.palmbeachsports.com.