Coutu Named A Semfinalist For Lou Groza Award

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - University of Georgia sophomore place kicker Brandon Coutu has been named one of 20 national semifinalists for the Lou Groza Place Kicker Award, presented by the FedEx Orange Bowl. The award is given annually to the nation's top place kicker by the Palm Beach Sports Commission.

Brandon Coutu currently leads the SEC in points scored with 76. He has made 17 of 22 field goal attempts on the season (.773) with a long of 58 and has also converted all 25 of his extra-point attempts. His 58-yard field goal against Louisiana-Monroe stands as the longest field goal in Georgia history without the use of a tee.

The Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award recognizes the top place-kicker in NCAA Division I-A football. Voters for the award include Division I-A head coaches, sports writers and sportscasters, conference representatives, professional kickers and previous Groza Award finalists.

The three finalists for the Lou Groza Award are announced on Monday, November 21 and are honored at the 14th Annual Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award Dinner on Tuesday, December 6 at the Palm Beach Gardens Marriott. The 2005 Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award winner is announced on Thursday, December 8 during the ESPN Home Depot College Football Award Show in Orlando, Florida.

The award, now in its 14th year, is named for NFL Hall-of-Fame kicker Lou 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. Nicknamed ³The Toe,² Groza was one of the first people to truly make kicking an art form, and he helped usher in to football the idea that a player could be used exclusively for kicking.

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