LUBBOCK, Texas – Junior kicker Ryan Bustin has been named one of 20 semifinalists for the Lou Groza Award which honors the nation’s top placekicker.
Bustin is the first player in school history to be named a semifinalist for the award that began honoring collegiate placekickers in 1992. He is one of three players from the Big 12 Conference on the list, joining Texas’ Anthony Fera and Oklahoma’s Michael Hunnicutt.
Bustin currently leads the FBS with 19 field goals, which is also a new Texas Tech record for the most in a single-season. Bustin tied the school record his sophomore season (2012) with 17 and now totals 36 field goals in his career. His 98 total points this season leads all kickers in the FBS.
In addition to field goals, Bustin is a perfect 41-for-41 this season in PATs and 100-for-100 in his career. The 100 consecutive successful PATs ranks fifth nationally.
Semifinalists will be voted on by FBS Head Coaches and SIDs, past Groza finalists, and national and regional football writers to select the three finalists. These finalists will be announced on November 25th and honored at the 22nd annual Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Awards Banquet on December 10th in West Palm Beach, Florida. The winner will be announced live on ESPN at the Home Depot College Football Awards Show on Thursday, December 12th.
The award is named in honor of one of the all-time great kickers in football history, Lou Groza. Groza played 21 seasons for the Cleveland Browns setting numerous franchise records, including most games played, most points scored, and an amazing 107 consecutive games in which he scored a point. Groza was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1974.
Since the first Lou Groza Award was handed out in 1992, 16 finalists, including 10 winners, have gone on to appear in the NFL, earning eight trips to the Pro Bowl and taking home five Super Bowls. That list includes current NFL kickers Dan Bailey, Randy Bullock, Mason Crosby, Kai Forbath, Graham Gano, Garrett Hartley, Dustin Hopkins, Sebastian Janikowski, Mike Nugent, Caleb Sturgis, and Blair Walsh.
For more information regarding the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award, please visit LouGrozaAward.com, or follow @LouGrozaAward on Twitter for updates as they happen. Additional information can be obtained by contacting Kris Pursell, Director of Event Operations at the Palm Beach County Sports Commission at (561) 233-3124 or firstname.lastname@example.org. --------TEXAS TECH RELEASE-------