Delahoussaye earns spot on Groza Award watch list
BATON ROUGE, La — After having one of the best seasons by a freshman kicker in LSU history, sophomore Colby Delahoussaye was one of 30 players named to the 2014 Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award Watch List, the Palm Beach County Sports Commission announced Wednesday.
Delahoussaye set the LSU record for successful field goals to open a career with nine straight, breaking the previous mark of seven held by David Browndyke in 1986.a
He made an instant impact in his first game for the Tigers as he nailed all three field goal attempts in LSU’s 37-27 victory over TCU in the 2013 season opener.
A native of New Iberia, Louisiana, Delahoussaye finished the 2013 season 13-of-14 in field goals, including a season-long 49 yarder at Georgia, and 56-of-57 in point-after touchdowns.
Delahoussaye, a semifinalist for the Groza Award last season, is one of seven kickers on the 2014 watch list who ended last season with a field goal conversion rate of 90 percent or higher. Delahoussaye earned a 92.9 percentage after finishing 13-of-14.
Accomplishments are tabulated throughout the season, and the award will announce its 20 semifinalists on Nov. 6. From that list, a panel of head coaches, SIDs, media members and former Groza finalists will select the top three finalists for the award on Nov. 24.
That same group will select the national winner who will be announced on Dec. 11 during the Home Depot College Football Awards show on ESPN.
2014 Lou Groza Award Watch List
Name, School, Class
Roberto Aguayo, Florida State, Sophomore
Kyle Brindza, Notre Dame, Senior
Ryan Bustin, Texas Tech, Senior
Jack Cantele, Kansas State, Junior
Will Conant, Air Force, Senior
Brad Craddock, Maryland, Junior
Colby Delahoussaye, LSU, Sophomore
Jeremiah Detmer, Toledo, Senior
Jake Elliott, Memphis, Sophomore
Kyle Fischer, Louisiana Tech, Sophomore
Elliott Fry, South Carolina, Sophomore
Michael Geiger, Michigan State, Sophomore
Zane Gonzalez, Arizona State, Sophomore
Dan Goodale, Boise State, Senior
Michael Hunnicutt, Oklahoma, Senior
Maxwell Johnson, New Mexico State, Senior
Jordan Williamson, Stanford, Senior
Marvin Kloss, South Florida, Senior
Austin Lopez, San Jose State, Junior
Shawn Moffitt, UCF, Senior
Marshall Morgan, Georgia, Junior
Jaden Oberkrom, TCU, Junior
Will Oliver, Colorado, Senior
Andy Phillips, Utah, Sophomore
Jared Roberts, Colorado State, Senior
Niklas Sade, North Carolina State, Senior
Carl Salazar, Tulsa, Senior
Tyler Tate, Bowling Green, Junior
John Wallace, Louisville, Junior
Josiah Yazdani, Ohio, Junior
National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA) Preseason Watch List Calendar
July 9 – Lou Groza Award / Ray Guy Award
July 10 – Bronko Nagurski Trophy / Outland Trophy
July 11 – Jim Thorpe Award
July 14 – Butkus Award / Rotary Lombardi Award
July 15 – Biletnikoff Award
July 16 – Davey O’Brien Award
July 17 – Doak Walker Award
July 18 – Walter Camp Award