Nov. 4, 2013
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - On Monday morning junior kicker Jared Roberts was named one of 20 semifinalists for the 2013 Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award presented by the Orange Bowl Committee.
Roberts, the lone representative of the Mountain West, is the first Ram kicker to earn Groza recognition since 2003 when Jeff Babcock was named to the preseason watch list prior to the start of his junior season.
"With all the great kickers around the country it's an honor to be considered among the top 20," Roberts said. "It's an individual award but it's a credit to the success the team has had this year. I'm fortunate to have a great holder, snapper and line that blocks for me."
Through nine games, the native of Littleton, Colo., has connected on 12-of-14 (.857) field goals and is a perfect 35-for-35 on PATs. Roberts' average of 1.3 field goals per game is second in the conference and 34th nationally, while his .857 field goal percentage ranks fourth nationally.
From the end of his sophomore campaign through week five of this season, Roberts set a CSU record connecting on 14 consecutive field goals. It was also the longest streak nationally for one week.
In his career, Roberts is 21-of-24 and 64-for-66 on PATs. His career field goal percentage of .875 is the second highest among all active kickers.
Semifinalists will be voted on by FBS Head Coaches and SIDs, past Groza finalists, and national and regional football writers to select the three finalists. These finalists will be announced on November 25th and honored at the 22nd annual Lou Groza Collegiate Place?]Kicker Awards Banquet on December 10th in West Palm Beach, Florida. The winner will be announced live on ESPN at the Home Depot College Football Awards Show on Thursday, December 12th.
The award is named in honor of one of the all?]time great kickers in football history, Lou Groza. Groza played 21 seasons for the Cleveland Browns setting numerous franchise records, including most games played, most points scored, and an amazing 107 consecutive games in which he scored a point. Groza was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1974.
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