Senior kicker Griffin Oakes named Groza Award semifinalist


He has made seven consecutive field goal attempts and 10 of his last 11 over the last five games.

Powell has gone 14-of-17 this season, hitting three from 50-plus yards (52, 52, 56) including a career-long 56-yarder at Arizona.

Two Big Ten players were named as semifinalists for the Lou Groza Award given to the nation's top kicker in Michigan's Quinn Nordin and Indiana's Griffin Oakes.

Badgley is one field goal away from tying the school's all-time record of 73.

The sophomore is positioned third nationally and leads the Atlantic Coast Conference in field goal percentage, connecting on 91.7 percent of his attempts, while averaging 1.22 field goals per game, which ranks seventh in the ACC. His career-long in a game at the start of his senior season was 47 yards, but he hit a 52-yard field goal at OR this season, then converted a second 52-yarder against Cal. Those 19 points were also the second-most in Mountain West history by a kicker and the most by a non-senior.

A panel of more than 100 Football Bowl Subdivision head coaches, sports information directors, media members, former Groza finalists and current NFL kickers will vote to select three finalists.

Three finalists for the award will be announced on Tuesday, November 21, and be honored at the 26th annual Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Awards Banquet on December 4. The victor of the 2017 Lou Groza Award will be announced live on ESPN at the Home Depot College Football Awards Show on Thursday, December 7.