Iowa kicker Meyer named Groza semifinalist

BY DI STAFF | NOVEMBER 08, 2011 7:20 AM

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Iowa sophomore Mike Meyer was named a semifinal candidate for the 2011 Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award on Monday, according to a release.

The winner of the award, named after former Ohio State and Cleveland Browns kicker Lou Groza, will be presented by the Orange Bowl Committee and announced on Dec. 8. Meyer is one of 20 semifinalists.

Meyer, a native of Dubuque, is a perfect 34-of-34 in point-after attempts this year and is 13-of-17 on field goals. Two of those misses hit the upright of the goalpost.

He leads the Hawkeyes in scoring with 73 points, the same total he led the team with last year as a freshman; his 146 career points rank 16th in school history.

If Meyer were to win the Groza Award, he would be the second Hawkeye to ever receive the honor. Nate Kaeding received the honor in 2002 and was one of three finalists the following season; former Black and Golf kicker Kyle Schlicher was a semifinalist in 2005.

— by Seth Roberts

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