Clemson kicker Ammon Lakip is one of 20 semifinalists for the Lou Groza Award. The honor is presented each year by the Palm Beach Sports Council of West Palm Beach, Florida to the outstanding kicker in the nation.
Lakip is ranked eighth in the nation in field goals per game with a 1.88 figure. He is 15-19 for the season and has made each of his last nine attempts, His only miss over the last five games is from 48 yards. The junior has made three field goals in three different games (S.C. State, Louisville and Syracuse). He has also made 26-26 extra points and is Clemson’s leading scorer with 71 points.
USC sophomore placekicker Elliott Fry also is one of 20 semifinalists announced today.
Fry, a 6-0, 165-pounder from Frisco, Texas, has connected on 12-of-15 field goals this season and all 41 of his extra point attempts. He was named to the SEC’s midseason first-team All-SEC team by both ESPN.com and Phil Steele. He has converted a school record 89 consecutive extra point attempts. Last season he earned a spot on the All-SEC Freshman team after hitting on 15-of-18 field goals and 54-of-55 extra point attempts.
Semifinalists will be voted on by FBS Head Coaches and SIDs, past Groza finalists, and national and regional football writers to select the three finalists. These finalists will be announced on November 24 and honored at the 23rd annual Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Awards Banquet on December 9 in West Palm Beach, Florida. The winner will be announced live on ESPN at the Home Depot College Football Awards Show on Thursday, December 11.