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Smith named a finalist for the Lou Groza Award

November 8, 2004 · MT Media Relations
The Palm Beach County Sports Commission announced Monday afternoon the 20 semifinalists for the 2004 Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award, presented by the 2005 FedEx Orange Bowl National Championship. The winner will be announced on Dec. 7.

Middle Tennessee's Colby Smith is one of the 20 kickers who made the final cut. Smith, in his first season as the team's placekicker, has been impressive. The Franklin, Tenn., native is 11-for-13 on the season in the field goal department and a perfect 26-for-26 on point after attempts. Smith, who has the Sun Belt Conference's top field goal percentage, hit seven straight three-pointers during one stretch this year, which was just one shy of tying the all-time school record.

Among the list of finalist are Mike Nugent from Ohio State and Joe Rheem from Kansas State, brother of former Groza finalist Jaime Rheem. Also making the cut are place-kickers from some of the top-ranked teams in the nation, including: Tyler Jones from Boise State, Brandon Pace from Virginia Tech, Todd Pegram from Texas A&M and Reagan Schneider from UTEP. Following is the full list of 20 2004 Lou Groza Semifinalists:

Jeff Babcock, Colorado State
Travis Bell, Georgia Tech
Brian Bostick, Alabama
Mason Crosby, Colorado
Stephen Gostkowski, Memphis
Tyler Jones, Boise State
Darren McCaleb, Southern Mississippi
Justin Medlock, UCLA
Mike Nugent, Ohio State
Matt Nuzie, Connecticut
Brandon Pace, Virginia Tech
Matt Payne, Brigham Young
Todd Pegram, Texas A&M
Dave Rayner, Michigan State
Joe Rheem, Kansas State
Reagan Schneider, Texas-El Paso
Alexis Serna, Oregon State
Colby Smith, Middle Tennessee
Shaun Suisham, Bowling Green
Andrew Wellock, Eastern Michigan

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