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.
West Virginia kicker Josh Lambert was one of two on field goal tries at Maryland n Saturday, but the one just happened to be the game-winner. Lambert’s 47-yard field goal as time expired gave West Virginia (2-1) a thrilling 40-37 victory over Maryland (2-1) in non-conference action. West Virginia quarterback Clint Trickett passed for 511 yards and four touchdowns in the game and Kevin White led the way with 216 receiving yards.
Maryland was down 10 points entering the fourth quarter but stormed back in the fourth quarter with a 69-yard punt return by William Likely tying the game at 37-37 with plenty of time left in the fourth quarter. That was when the defenses for both teams managed to show up in a game that saw over 1,000 yards of offense between the two schools. West Virginia racked up 694 yards of offense to Maryland’s 447 yards.
Maryland quarterback C.J. Brown passed for 241 yards and led the Terrapins on the ground with 161 rushing yards and two combined touchdowns. Receiver Stefon Diggs was the leading receiver for the Terps with 127 yards and a touchdown. West Virginia running back Rushel Shell led the Mountaineers on the ground with 98 rushing yards. Mario Alford complimented White’s receiving production with 130 yards and two touchdowns. Eight different players caught a West Virginia pass and seven different players got a chance to run with the football. Maryland spread the ball around as well with five different players running the football and seven different players catching a pass.
Maryland will look to regroup next week against their brief former ACC rivals from Syracuse. Maryland will play at Syracuse next Saturday. West Virginia should be feeling pretty good about the offense as they open Big 12 play next weekend at home against Oklahoma. West Virgina will host the Sooners in a primetime match-up after Oklahoma faces Tennessee tonight.