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Football: Artigue Named To Lou Groza Award Watch List
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns kicker Stevie Artigue was named to the 30-player Watch List for the 2017 Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award, as announced on Wednesday by the Palm Beach County Sports Commission.
Artigue, a junior and former Lafayette High product, was the lone Sun Belt Conference kicker named to the Watch List and was one of two players from the state of Louisiana joining Jonathan Barnes of Louisiana Tech.
Named a second-team All-Louisiana member last season, Artigue made 19 of 24 field goals on the season and was 29-for-31 in extra point attempts for the Ragin' Cajuns. His 19 field goals made were tied with former Ragin' Cajuns kicker John Roveto (1977) for the second-most in a single-season in school history.
Artigue, who ended the season making his final nine field goals, was 4-for-4 at Tulane and added three field goals in games at New Mexico State and ULM. Artigue scored a team-high 86 points for the Ragin' Cajuns and concluded the season with 25 straight extra point attempts.
While the Watch List highlights 30 of the best returning kickers in the country, 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. All FBS kickers remain eligible to be selected as semifinalists.
Accomplishments are tabulated throughout the season and the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award will announce its 20 semifinalists on Thursday, November 2nd. From this list, a panel of more than 100 FBS head coaches, SIDs, media members, former Groza finalists, and current NFL kickers selects the top three finalists for the award by Tuesday, November 21st. That same group then selects the national winner, who will be announced on Thursday, December 7th during the Home Depot College Football Awards Show.
The 26th Annual Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award, presented by the Orange Bowl Committee, recognizes the three finalists during a celebration in Palm Beach County, culminating with a gala awards banquet on December 4th.
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.
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