Five Big Ten Conference special teams standouts appear on the 2017 preseason watch lists for the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award (presented each season to the nation’s top placekicker) and the Ray Guy Award (awarded annually to the country’s best punter), it was announced Wednesday by the awards’ presenting organizations, the Palm Beach County (Fla.) Sports Commission and the Augusta (Ga.) Sports Council, respectively.
Three Big Ten students are among 30 candidates mentioned on this year’s Groza Award preseason watch list — Minnesota’s Emmit Carpenter, Nebraska’s Drew Brown and Penn State’s Tyler Davis. A student from a current Big Ten school has walked away with the Groza Award three times since its debut in 1992, with Maryland’s Brad Craddock the most recent recipient in 2014. (FULL LIST)
Two other conference students — Maryland’s Wade Lees and Penn State’s Blake Gillikin — were named to the Ray Guy Award preseason watch list. Since the award’s inception in 2000, Big Ten students have earned the trophy three times, the latest in 2003 when Ohio State’s B.J. Sander was selected. (FULL LIST)