Fry Named to Lou Groza Preseason Watch List
July 7, 2016
COLUMBIA, S.C. ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢’Â¬” University of South Carolina senior Elliott Fry was named to the 30-player preseason watch list for the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award, the organization announced today. Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the award’s 2016 preseason watch list includes 19 former semifinalists, including Fry, who earned the honor in 2014.
Fry has been Carolina’s placekicker in every game of the last three seasons and owns the school record with 124 consecutive extra points made. His 130 career PATs made and 131 attempted are also South Carolina records, and he stands second in career points with 289. Fry has hit nearly 75 percent of his career field goal attempts, including 81 percent of attempts under 50 yards. In 2015, he led the team with 85 points scored, hitting 20-of-28 field goals and all 25 extra points.
The Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award will announces its 20 semifinalists on Thu., Nov. 3, and, from that list, a panel of more than 100 FBS head coaches, SIDs, media members, former Groza finalists and current NFL kickers selects the top three finalists for the award by Tue., Nov 22. That same group then selects the national winner, who will be announced on Thu., Dec. 8, during the Home Depot College Football Awards Show.
The Award is named for NFL Hall of Fame kicker Lou “The Toe” 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.
South Carolina opens head coach Will Muschamp’s first season leading the Garnet and Black on Thu., Sept. 1, at Vanderbilt. The Gamecocks play their first home game on Sat., Sept. 17, against East Carolina. For football ticket information ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢’Â¬” season, mini plan or single-game, contact the Gamecock Ticket Office at 800-4SC-FANS (472-3267) or visit www.itsgreattobeagamecock.com/main/.