Fry Named Semifinalist for Groza Award
Nov. 6, 2014
University of South Carolina sophomore placekicker Elliott Fry is one of 20 semifinalists selected by the Palm Beach Country Sports Commission for the 2014 Lou Groza Collegiate Placekicker Award, it was 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.
The award is named in honor of one of the all-time great kickers in football history, Lou Groza. Groza played 21 seasons for the Cleveland Browns setting numerous franchise records, including most games played, most points scored, and an amazing 107 consecutive games in which he scored a point. Groza was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1974. Since the first Lou Groza Award was handed out in 1992, 20 finalists, including 11 winners, have gone on to appear in the NFL, earning eight trips to the Pro Bowl and taking home five Super Bowls. That list includes current NFL kickers Dan Bailey, Randy Bullock, Mason Crosby, Kai Forbath, Graham Gano, Sebastian Janikowski, Mike Nugent, Cairo Santos, Caleb Sturgis, and Blair Walsh.
For more information regarding the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award, please visit LouGrozaAward.com, or follow @LouGrozaAward on Twitter for updates as they happen. Additional information can be obtained by contacting Kris Pursell, Director of Event Operations at the Palm Beach County Sports Commission at (561) 233-3124 or firstname.lastname@example.org.