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Aug. 12, 2005

South Carolina senior placekicker Josh Brown has been named to the 2005 Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award Preseason Watch List, announced today.

The Preseason Watch List is comprised of the top 30 preliminary candidates for the 14th annual Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award, presented by the FedEx Orange Bowl. The award is presented during a ceremony on Tuesday, December 6, 2005, at the Palm Beach Gardens Marriott.

Brown, a senior from Clarksburg, Md., converted 10-of-13 field goal attempts last season including a long of 43 yards against Kentucky. In addition, he was successful on all 27 of his extra point attempts and is a perfect 32-for-32 in career PATs. He was twice named SEC Special Teams Player of the Week during the 2004 season.

A brief biography of each player on the Lou Groza Award Preseason Watch List can be found at beginning August 31, 2005.

Kickers on the Lou Groza Award Preseason Watch List were chosen based on statistics from the 2004 season and 2005 preseason expectations. However, all Division I-A kickers are eligible for consideration for the award.

A panel of over 300 experts vote on the award, including Division I-A head coaches, sports writers and sportscasters, conference representatives, professional kickers and all previous Groza Award finalists.

The 20 semi-finalists for the Lou Groza Award are announced on Monday, October 31, 2005, followed with the naming of the three finalists two weeks later on Monday, November 14, 2005.

The award, now in its 14th year, is named for National Football League (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.

The Lou Groza Award is also sponsored by BankAtlantic, The Breakers, Continental Airlines, ESPN Radio 760, ESPN Regional Television, Florida Coca-Cola Bottling, JBS Destination Solutions, Palm Beach Kennel Club, The Palm Beach Post, Parallax Productions, Rooney’s Public House and WPEC News Channel 12.

For more information regarding the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award, please go to or contact Dusty Ann Williams at the Palm Beach County Sports Institute at (561) 233-3122.