Barth on the Preseason Watch List for the Lou Groza Award

Aug. 6, 2001

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Junior placekicker Mike Barth is one of 30 players on the preseason watch list for the 2001 Lou Groza Collegiate Placekicker Award. In its 10th season, the Lou Groza Award, presented by the FedEx Orange Bowl, is annually given to the best placekicker in the nation.

The Palm Beach County Sports Commission will present the award during a banquet on Tuesday, December 4, at the Sheraton at CityPlace in West Palm Beach, Fla. The 20 semifinalists for the Lou Groza Award will be announced in late October, followed several weeks later by the naming of the three finalists.

The kickers on the Lou Groza Award Watch List were chosen based on statistics from the 2000 season and on preseason expectations. However, any Division I kicker is eligible for consideration for the award. The Watch List is more of a reference than anything else for the over 300 Division I coaches, national media members, previous winners, and NFL kickers who vote on the award.

Last season, Barth made 66.7 percent of his field goal attempts for the Sun Devils including five field goals over 40 yards. He knocked in three game-winners including a 41-yarder in overtime at Washington State. He also led the Pac-10 and finished 15th in the nation in field goals last year.

The award, now in its 10th 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 in to football the idea that a player could be used exclusively for kicking.

A brief biography of each player on the Lou Groza Award Watch List can be found at http://www.palmbeachsports.com/Groza>www.palmbeachsports.com/Groza. The website will also feature a special interactive online voting section. This feature, which will be fully operational shortly, allows anyone to vote for who they think should win the Lou Groza Award. The online voting feature is purely for fun and has no influence on the actual voting for the award.

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