Barth Named a Semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award
Oct. 30, 2001
TEMPE, Ariz. - Junior placekicker Mike Barth was named a semifinalist Tuesday 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.
Barth was one of 20 players to be named semifinalists, the second consecutive season that he has made the cut from the preseason watch list. The Palm Beach County Sports Commission will name three finalists for the award on Nov. 12, while the award will be presented to the nation's top placekicker during a banquet on Tuesday, December 4, at the Sheraton at CityPlace in West Palm Beach, Fla.
This year, Barth has been successful on 80 percent of his field goal attempts (8-of-10) and was the only Pac-10 kicker to remain perfect through the first six weeks of the season, making his first seven field goals of the year. He is tied for second in the conference in field goal percentage and is seventh in scoring at 7.6 points per game. Barth has also been stellar on kickoffs, booting 55.8 percentage into the endzone (24-of-43).
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.
An updated biography of each player on the Lou Groza Award Watch List can be found at http://www.palmbeachsports.com/Groza. The website will also feature a special interactive online voting section. This feature 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.
The voters for the Lou Groza Award are comprised of all Division I head coaches, sports writers and sportscasters from across the country, conference officials, various NFL kickers, and all previous Lou Groza Award winners.