Heidari gets Lou Groza watch list honor

USC kicker Andre Heidari became the ninth Trojan named to a preseason watch list this week when he was placed on the Lou Groza Award list Wednesday.

Heidari, a sophomore, was a semifinalist for the trophy a year ago after he went 15-of-17 on field-goal attempts and 50-of-50 on point-afters. He's considered one of a select few favorites to win the award this time, although he may not get as many opportunities to kick field goals as some of his competitors.

USC has never had a Groza winner; UCLA's Kai Forbath won it in 2009.

Kyle Negrete, the Trojans' senior punter, did not make the watch list for the punting trophy, the Ray Guy, which was also announced Wednesday. UCLA's Jeff Locke made it for the third straight year.

Negrete averaged only 40.1 yards per punt in 2011 but made his name as a directional punter and did not have a touchback in 39 punts.