Duke freshman kicker Ross Martin was named as a semifinalist for the Lou Groza Collegiate PlaceKicker Award. Twenty players were named as semifinalists.
Here is what you need to know about the award’s namesake:
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.
Martin has made 16-of-18 field goals in his first season at Duke and connected in all 35 of his extra point attempts. He has also totaled 83 points through ten games. He is second in the ACC in field goal percentage (.889).
He leads all freshman kickers in the nation in total points. Martin has set Duke freshman records for points in a game (15 against North Carolina), field goals made in a game (4 versus UNC), field goals in a season, and points in a season.
Semifinalists are voted on by FBS head coaches and sports information directors, national and regional football writers, and past Groza award winners. The three finalists will be announced on November 19th. The winner will be honored on December 4th at the annual Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Awards Banquet. The winner will be announced live on December 6th during the Home Depot ESPN College Football Awards Show.