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USU football: Nick Diaz named to College Football Performance Awards Placekicker of the Year Watch List

By Doug Hoffman

For the Deseret News

Published: Monday, July 14 2014 11:24 a.m. MDT

Utah State senior Nick Diaz is one of 40 Football Bowl Subdivision players named to the College Football Performance Awards Placekicker of the Year Trophy Watch List that was announced Monday.

Diaz is one of six Mountain West players named to the College Football Performance Awards Placekicker of the Year Trophy Watch List along with Air Force’s Will Conant, Boise State’s Dan Goodale, Colorado State’s Jared Roberts, Nevada’s Brent Zuzo and San José State’s Austin Lopez. Diaz is also one of two placekickers from Utah recognized along with Utah’s Andy Phillips.

Diaz, a 5-foot-8, 182-pounder from Redondo Beach, California (Redondo Union HS), earned honorable mention all-Mountain West honors as a junior in 2013 as he ranked second in the conference in extra point percentage (.981), fourth in the conference and 43rd in the nation in field goals made per game (1.21), sixth in the conference and 59th in the nation in field goal percentage (.739), and ninth in the conference and 72nd in the nation in scoring (7.3 ppg). He finished his junior season converting 51-of-52 extra points to rank second all-time in school history in both categories, while his 98.0 extra point percentage ranked ninth. He was 17-of-23 on field goals during the year to rank fifth and seventh in school history, respectively.

Diaz, who finished the 2013 season first on the team with 102 points scored, was also named a Lou Groza Award Stars of the Week and the College Football Performance Awards National Special Teams Player of the Week during his junior season as he set career highs for field goals made and attempted at San José State as he was 4-of-4, including a season-long of 45 yards. Those four made field goals are the most by an Aggie since 1999, and the 16 total points accounted for in the game are the second-most in Mountain West history.

For his career, Diaz ranks second all-time in school history with 91 extra points made and third all-time with 92 extra point attempts. He also ranks third all-time at USU with a career extra point percentage of 98.9 percent, seventh all-time in school history with 27 career made field goals and eighth all-time with his 36 career field goal attempts.

The full list of 2014 College Football Performance Award winners will be announced Jan. 14, 2015.

Utah State opens the 2014 season on Sunday, Aug. 31, at Tennessee and plays its first home game against Idaho State on Saturday, Sept. 6 at 6 p.m.

Doug Hoffman is the assistant athletic director for Utah State University Athletic Media Relations.

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