Barnes Named to Lou Groza Award Watch List

July 12, 2017

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Louisiana Tech senior kicker Jonathan Barnes has been named to the 2017 Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award Watch List, it was announced by the Palm Beach County Sports Commission on Wednesday.

Barnes is one of only three kickers named to the watch list who have previously been named semifinalists twice, while a total of 30 players around the country are featured on the preseason watch list for the honor that will be awarded to the nation’s top kicker.

In 2016, Barnes connected on 22 of 27 field goal attempts with an 81.5 field goal percentage as a redshirt junior. He was 8-of-10 on field goals of 40 yards or more, including a career-long 54-yard field goal, which is tied for the longest by a kicker who returns this season.

A Groza semifinalist in both 2015 and 2016, Barnes led the nation in kick-scoring last season and ended the campaign by kicking Louisiana Tech to a 48-45 victory in the 2016 Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl. While his 77 extra points also led the country, Barnes’ nine field goals from at least 40 yards are tied for fifth-most by a returning FBS kicker.

While the Watch List highlights 30 of the best returning kickers in the country, the Groza Committee will be watching all FBS kickers during the season, and releasing a weekly “Stars of the Week” feature on www.lougrozaaward.com. All FBS kickers remain eligible to be selected as semifinalists.

Accomplishments are tabulated throughout the season and the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award will announce its 20 semifinalists on Thursday, Nov. 2. From this list, a panel of more than 100 FBS head coaches, SIDs, media members, former Groza finalists, and current NFL kickers selects the top three finalists for the award by Tuesday, Nov. 21. That same group then selects the national winner, who will be announced on Thursday, Dec. 7 during the Home Depot College Football Awards Show.

 

 

The 26th Annual Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award, presented by the Orange Bowl Committee, recognizes the three finalists during a celebration in Palm Beach County, culminating with a gala awards banquet on Dec. 4.

The 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.

For more information on the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award and to see the “Stars of the Week” throughout the season, please go to www.lougrozaaward.com. For even more updates on the best kicking performances throughout the season, follow @LouGrozaAward on Twitter.

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