July 9, 2014
ATHENS, Ohio - Ohio University junior place kicker Josiah Yazdani was among 30 players named to the Watch List for the 2014 Lou Groza College Place-Kicker Award. The Palm Beach County Sports Commission announced the list on Wednesday.
Yazdani becomes the second Ohio place kicker in three years selected to the Groza Preseason Watch List. In 2012, former Bobcat Matt Weller was named to the Groza Preseason Watch List.
Yazdani's preseason accolade is his second he has received this summer. Earlier this summer he was selected to the Phil Steele Preseason Mid-American Conference Second Team.
The Albany, Ohio native enters his junior season in Athens following a decorated sophomore campaign in which he was named to the All-MAC Second Team. He finished the regular season by going a perfect 12-for-12. He was one of only four kickers in the country that did not miss a field goal during the regular season.
He finished the year by connecting on 14-of-15 field goals, posting a 93.3 percentage, which ranks No. 1 all-time at Ohio for a single season.
In addition, Yazdani set or tied five single-season records and was named MAC East Special Teams Player of the Week twice throughout the 2013 season.
Accomplishments are tabulated throughout the season and the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award will announce its 20 semifinalists on Thursday, Nov. 6. From this list, a panel of more than 300 FBS head coaches, SIDs, media members, and former Groza finalists selects the top three finalists for the award by Monday, Nov. 24. That same group then selects the national winner, who will be announced on Thursday, Dec. 11 during the Home Depot College Football Awards, broadcast live from Orlando, Fla.
The 23rd Annual Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award, presented by the Orange Bowl Committee, recognizes the three finalists during an early week celebration in Palm Beach County, culminating with a gala awards banquet on December 9th, prior to joining ESPN in Orlando.
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 as well, Groza ushered in the notion that there should be a place on an NFL roster for a kicker.
For more information on the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award and to see the "Stars of the Week" throughout the season, please go to www.lougrozaaward.com. For even more updates on the best kicking performances throughout the season, follow@LouGrozaAward on Twitter.