FAYETTEVILLE -University of Arkansas kicker Zach Hocker has been named to the Lou Groza Award Watch List, it was announced Thursday.
Hocker is one of just three from the SEC and one of five sophomores on the watch list for the award, which is presented annually to the top collegiate kicker.
Hocker was named to the 2010 SEC All-Freshman Team after scoring 104 points, 56-56 on PATs and 16-19 on field goals. Hocker’s 104 points scored were seventh in the SEC and rank as the fourth-highest single-season total in school history and the third most by a kicker. The Russellville, Ark., native was one of just two kickers in the SEC to be perfect on PAT kicks, and his 56 made PATs ranked second in the conference and tied for 12th in the NCAA and as the third most in a season by a Razorback kicker. His .842 field goal percentage ranked third in the SEC and tied for 21st in the NCAA and is the third-best single-season percentage (min. 10 attempts) in school history. His long of 51 yards was an Arkansas freshman record and the longest by any UA kicker since 1988.
Kickers on the Lou Groza Award Watch List were chosen based on statistics from the 2010 season and 2011 preseason expectations. The Groza Committee will be watching all FBS kickers during the season and releasing a weekly "Stars of the Week" feature on www.lougrozaaward.com. Accomplishments are tabulated throughout the season, and the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award announces its 20 semifinalists on Oct. 28. From this list, a panel of over 300 experts selects the top three finalists for the award by Nov. 21. That same group then selects the national winner which will be announced Dec. 8 during the Home Depot ESPNU College Football Award Show, broadcast live from Orlando, Fla.
The award is named for National Football League Hall of Fame kicker Lou "The Toe" Groza, who played 21 seasons with the Cleveland Browns. Groza won four NFL championships with Cleveland and was named NFL Player of the Year in 1954. Although an All-Pro offensive lineman, Groza ushered in the notion that there should be a place on an NFL roster for a kicker.