It hasn't been a great year for kickers overall in the Big Ten, but three guys have stood out with their legs and have been named to Lou Groza Award semifinalists.
The award for the nation's top place-kicker selected its 20 semifinalists on Monday. Here are the Big Ten honorees and their credentials:
Northwestern's Jeff Budzien: Budzien is 11-for-12 on field goals this season and his only miss was a 53-yard attempt late in the Nebraska loss. He does not have enough attempts to rank among the FBS leaders in field goal percentage but would be among the top kickers in the country in that stat if eligible.
Iowa's Mike Meyer: Meyer is 15-for-18 on field goals this year and had a streak of 13 straight earlier this season. He hit four field goals in both the Northern Illinois and Michigan State wins. He ranks eighth in the country in field goals made per game (1.7) and set the school record with 75 straight extra points converted.
Michigan's Brendan Gibbons: Gibbons is 13-of-15 on field goals, ranking 11th in the FBS in field goal accuracy. He has connected on 10 straight attempts, including the 38-yard game winner against Michigan State.
The three Groza Award finalists will be announced Nov. 19. The 2012 winner will be revealed as part of the Home Depot ESPN College Football Awards Show on Dec. 6.