Alabama K Will Reichard named award finalist
Alabama’s Will Reichard was named one of the three finalists for this year’s Lou Groza Award in a Tuesday announcement by the Palm Beach County Sports Commission.
Reichard, Jose Borregales of Miami and Jake Oldroyd of BYU will vie for the 29th Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award, presented by the Orange Bowl.
Reichard, a sophomore from Hoover, Alabama, has attempted 85 kicks this season and made every one of them. Going 12-for-12 on field goals and 73-for-73 on extra points, his 85 total attempts are the most in FBS history by a kicker who stayed perfect on the year. Though Alabama’s high-powered offense meant three games without a field goal attempt, he still scored double-digit points in seven games on his way to a 109-point season that ranks second in the country.
Alabama fans can help Reichard take home the award. Fans can visit www.lougrozaaward.com and cast a vote for their favorite of the three finalists selected by the national panel of voters. The finalist who receives the greatest total of fan votes will be given one vote on the final ballot. One vote can make a difference in the final outcome, so fans are encouraged to participate.
Borregales, a senior from Miami, Florida, transferred to the Hurricanes ahead of this season and gave them one of the best years in program history. At 18-for-20 on field goals, his 90.0% accuracy rate is tied for the best in the nation among kickers with at least 20 attempts. His 8 field goals from at least 40 yards out are tied for 4th in the country and includes a 57-yard bomb that came as part of a 4-for-4 FG, 17-point performance on the road against Louisville. Combined with his totals at FIU, Borregales is third in the nation among active kickers with 68 career field goals.
Oldroyd, a sophomore from Southlake, Texas, finished the year a perfect 13-for-13 on field goals, the most by an FBS kicker without a miss this season. More than half of those kicks came from at least 40 yards out, including three from over 50. That gives him more 50-yard FGs in a perfect season than any FBS kicker since at least 2004. He made the first 73 extra point attempts of his career, setting the all-time BYU record for consecutive PATs, before a blocked attempt broke his streak.
The three finalists will be honored at the 29th Annual Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Awards Virtual Awards Celebration, streamed live on January 4th on lougrozaaward.com. This year’s Lou Groza Award winner will be announced live on ESPN at the Home Depot College Football Awards on Thursday, January 7th.