Ryan Killeen Named A Semifinalist For The Groza Award

Nov. 4, 2003

Junior Ryan Killeen has been named 1 of 20 semifinalists for the Lou Groza Award, given to the nation's top collegiate placekicker.

Killeen, in his second year as the Trojan kicker, has connected on 15-of-19 field goals and 43-of-44 PATs in 2003. He currently is tied for 12th nationally in scoring (9.8, first in Pac-10) and is 11th in field goals (1.7, second in Pac-10). So far in 2003, 21 of his 68 kickoffs have been touchbacks. His 43 PATs in 2003 is within range of the USC season record of 49 (set by Mike Rae in 1972 and Eric Hipp in 1979).

Joining him as 2003 Groza Award semifinalists are Northern Illinois' Steve Azar, Florida State's Xavier Beitia, TCU's Nick Browne, Oklahoma's Trey DiCarlo, Washington State's Drew Dunning, Virginia's Connor Hughes, Purdue's Ben Hughes, Iowa's Nate Kaeding, Florida's Matt Leach, San Diego State's J.C. Mejia, Mississippi's Jonanthan Nichols, Maryland's Nick Novak, BYU's Matt Payne, Miami's Jon Peattie, UNLV's Dillon Pieffer, Michigan State's David Rayner, Louisville's Nate Smith, Eastern Michigan's Andrew Wellock and Oregon State's Kirk Yliniemi.

Three finalists will be announced on Nov. 17, with the winner revealed on Dec. 9.

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