WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. --- The Palm Beach County Sports Commission has released the 20 semifinalists for the 2012 Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award presented by the Orange Bowl Committee, and North Carolina's Casey Barth is among the 20 selections. These twenty kickers have all excelled throughout the season in earning their places as semifinalists.
A fifth-year senior from Wilmington, N.C., Barth owns every major career kicking record at UNC. Barth is Carolina's all-time leader in career field goals made (66), career extra points made (156) and consecutive extra points made (122). As a senior, he is 15 of 19 on field goals with a long kick of 48 yards in the win at Miami. Barth also became Carolina's all-time leading scoring earlier in 2012 and now has a school-record 354 points.
Semifinalists will be voted on by FBS head coaches and SIDs, along with national and regional football writers, and past Groza winners to select the three finalists. These finalists will be announced on November 19th and honored at the 21st annual Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Awards Banquet on December 4th in West Palm Beach, Florida. The winner will be announced live on the Home Depot ESPN College Football Awards Show on Thursday, December 6.
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.
Past Groza finalists include current NFL kickers Sebastian Janikowski, Nate Kaeding, Mike Nugent, Mason Crosby, Garrett Hartley, Kai Forbath, Blair Walsh, Dan Bailey and Randy Bullock.
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