Florida State kicker Roberto Aguayo has been named a finalist for the Lou Groza Award. This should come as little surprise after the Seminoles kicker won the award in 2013 and has put together another dependable season kicking field goals and extra points for the defending national champions.
Maryland kicker Brad Craddock and West Virginia’s Josh Lambert join Aguayo as finalists for this year’s award for best kicker.
Aguayo is looking to become the second repeat winner of the Lou Groza Award. He would join another former Florida State kicker sharing that honor if he wins the award again. Sebastian Janikowski won the Lou Groza Award in 1998 and 1999. No other player has ever won the award multiple times.
Craddock is the only kicker in the country who has been perfect on all of his field goal attempts, and he has kicked a bunch of them. Craddock is a perfect 17-for-17 this season and the Australien kicker has shown great range at times as well.
No kicker in the country has kicked more field goals than Lambert though. The West Virginia kicker has kicked 24 of 32 kicks for the Mountaineers this season, and his 24 field goals made this season already surpasses the regular season high for kickers in the 2013 regular season.
All three finalists will be honored at a banquet on Tuesday, December 9 in West Palm Beach, Florida. The winner will be revealed during The Home DepotCollege Football Awards Show on Thursday, December 11 in Disney World.
Iowa is looking to remain perfect in the Big Ten, but Maryland has overcome a rough start to take a lead into the halftime break. Maryland has scored 17 straight points to take a 17-14 lead into the second half.
Things got off to a rough start for Maryland, with C.J. Brown tossing an interception to Drew Ott on the first play of the game. With terrific starting field position from the Maryland 32, yard line, five plays later the visiting Hawkeyes took a quick lead with a short touchdown run from Mark Weisman. After Maryland was eventually forced to punt on the ensuing possession, Iowa quickly flipped the field position when Jake Rudock connected with Damon Bullock for a 52-yard gain on the first play of the drive. Rudock soon hooked up with Henry Krieger Coble for a short touchdown pass and Iowa led 14-0 about midway through the first quarter.
Jacquille Veii put the Terrapins on the scoreboard with a nifty 23-yard touchdown run on Maryland’s next possession. That was the start of a 17-point run by the home team as Maryland took some control after a rocky start. Maryland turned an Iowa lost fumble into three points off the leg of Brad Craddock and a touchdown run by Wes Brown capped a drive that started around midfield later in the second quarter.
Iowa is looking to go 3-0 in Big Ten play. The Hawkeyes have had some ups and downs this season, but a win today in Maryland would keep Iowa in a good position moving forward in the Big Ten West. Wisconsin or Nebraska may still be the top teams in the division, and Northwestern has made it clear we should not forget about them either, but Iowa has a somewhat favorable schedule ahead if they can come back and leave the east coast with a win.