July 10, 2013
FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- Just one week after being named to the College Football Performance Awards’ 2013 CFPA Placekicker Trophy preseason watch list, junior Roberts has now been named to the prestigious 2013 Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award preseason watch list. The list recognizes the top 30 kickers in the nation based on the previous year’s statistics and expectations for the upcoming season.
Roberts connected on 9 of 10 field-goal attempts and hit 29 of 31 extra-point attempts in his sophomore campaign for the Rams. Roberts 56 points led all Ram scorers and earned him second team All-Mountain West honors.
The former walk-on is no stranger to accolades, having been the recipient of the Mountain West Special Teams Player of the Week award twice in 2012. He earned his first for a stellar collegiate debut Sept. 1 vs. Colorado when he made all three field-goal attempts, including kicks from 48 and 47 yards, in a 22-19 Colorado State win.
The Littleton, Colo., native and Mullen High School graduate is the first Ram to make the pre-season list since Jeff Babcock did it in 2003, and one of three Mountain West kickers to land on the 2013 list.
The award has been given annually since 1992 by the Palm Beach County Sports Commission. A panel of 300 experts vote on the award, including Division I-A head coaches, sports writers and sportscasters, conference representatives, professional kickers and all previous Groza Award finalists.
Accomplishments are tabulated throughout the season, leading to a list of 20 semi-finalists to be announced on Monday, November 4th, followed by the naming of the three finalists on Monday, November 25th. The finalists will be invited to Orlando, Fla., where a winner will be announced on the Home Depot College Awards Show, broadcast on Thursday, December 12th.
The award, now in its 22nd 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 "The Toe," Groza was one of the first people to truly make kicking an art form, and he helped usher into football the idea that a player could be used exclusively for kicking.
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