LOGAN, Utah – Utah State’s Nick Diaz has been named to the 2013 Lou Groza College Placekicker Award Watch List, it was announced Wednesday by the National College Football Awards Association.
Diaz is one of 30 Football Bowl Subdivision players named to the Lou Groza Placekicker Award Watch List, which is presented by the Palm Beach County Sports Commission.
Diaz, who is the only player from the state of Utah to be named to the Lou Groza Placekicker Award Watch List, is one of just three Mountain West placekickers recognized along with San Jose State’s Austin Lopez and Colorado State’s Jared Roberts.
Other preseason honors for Diaz this summer include being one of 34 players named to the College Football Performance Awards Special Teams Watch List along with being a Phil Steele preseason fourth-team all-Mountain West selection.
Diaz, a 5-foot-8, 193-pounder from Redondo Beach, Calif., served as Utah State's placekicker the final seven games of the 2012 season and made 10-of-13 (.769) fields goals to rank eighth all-time at USU for a single season in percentage. He also made all 40 of his extra points to rank tied for first all-time in school history for a single season as his 40 extra points made ranks second all-time at USU for a single season, while his 40 attempts ranks third. Diaz also made a career-long field goal of 53 yards during the 2012 season, which ranks eighth all-time in school history.
Kickers on the Lou Groza Award Watch List were chosen based on statistics from the 2012 season and 2013 expectations. Ten conferences are represented among the 30 kickers, led by four each from the ACC, Big Ten, Conference USA and the MAC, while the Mountain West placed three representatives.
The Lou Groza Collegiate Placekicker Award will announce its 20 semifinalists Monday, Nov. 4, and the top three finalists will be announced Monday, Nov. 25. The national winner will be announced Thursday, Dec. 12, during the Home Depot College Football Awards.
The Deseret News is tracking which athletes in Utah have been named as candidates for several awards, but more than 10 watch lists have yet to be released. As award watch lists continue to surface over the coming weeks, we will continue to update the listing.
Here are the seven players that play for Utah FBS schools that have been named to at least one watch list, starting with Kyle Van Noy.
Doug Hoffman is the assistant athletic director for Utah State University Athletic Media Relations.