Jared Siegel Named Semifinalist for Lou Groza Award

Nov. 4, 2002

Jared Siegel, Oregon's sophomore kicker, was named one of the semifinalists for the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award, the annual honor given to the nation's top kicker. Siegel, who has rewritten several Oregon records in only his second year, joins 19 other kickers on the list released Monday by the Palm Beach County Sports Commission.

Siegel earned his spot as a semifinalist with his consistency and leg strength. He has made 15 consecutive field goals following his lone failed attempt of the season, a 48-yarder that was blocked against Mississippi State. The 15 consecutive makes eclipsed the previous record of 14 set by Nathan Villegas in 1998. For the season, he is 18-for-19 in field goal attempts, including 10-for-11 from longer than 40 yards.

His kicking power has become an asset to the Ducks, connecting on three field goals from longer than 50 yards. He started with a 52-yarder against Portland State, then made a 53-yard attempt against Arizona and then broke the Oregon record with a 59-yard kick against UCLA to give the Ducks the lead at the half. The kick, which had a couple yards to spare, set a new Rose Bowl record and tied a long-standing record for a Pac-10 game. The previous Oregon record was a 57-yarder by Roy Geiger in 1977.

The field of 20 will be narrowed to three finalists Nov. 18., and the award will be presented Dec. 10 at the Sheraton West Palm Beach Hotel at CityPlace in West Palm Beach, Fla.

The 11-year award is named after NFL Hall-of-Fame kicker Lou Groza, who played 21 seasons with the Cleveland Browns. Groza was named NFL Player of the Year in 1954 and was a member of four NFL championship teams.

For more information on the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award, visit www.palmbeachsports.com.

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