Miami's Bosher positioned for award-winning year

Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

Lou Groza award winner Graham Gano from FSU won't be around this season, nor will Wake Forest's Sam Swank, but Miami place-kicker Matt Bosher will, and the folks at the U are expected to push him as a candidate for the 2009 Lou Groza award. He was a semifinalist last season, and it was his first year as the Canes' full-time punter and place-kicker.

Bosher, a junior, leads all returning place-kickers in the nation in field goal percentage. He made 18 of 20 field goals last year (90 percent), to beat Arkansas State's Josh Arauco, who made 17 of 19 for an .895 percentage.

Whether or not Bosher will be the best kicker in the country remains to be seen, but his chances of being the best in the ACC are pretty good. He is the only returning kicker who made field goals of 50 yards or longer last year. (Bosher's longest kick was 52 yards.) His early competition looks to be NC State's Josh Czajkowski, who made 16 of 19 last year and ranked No. 37 in the NCAA with 1.23 field goals per game.

Virginia Tech has to replace Dustin Keys, Maryland lost Obi Egekeze, and Clemson loses Mark Buchholz.