The Lou Groza Award is named for Pro Football Hall of Fame kicker Lou "The Toe" Groza, who played 21 seasons with the Cleveland Browns and won four NFL championships. He is regarded as the first kicker to be truly considered an offensive weapon. Previous winners include Tulane's Cairo Santos (2012), Texas A&M's Randy Bullock (2011), Oklahoma State's Dan Bailey (2010), UCLA's Kai Forbath (2009) and FSU's Graham Gano (2008).
To find out the official winners of college football's major awards, tune in to "The Home Depot College Football Awards" show live on ESPN at 7 p.m. ET on Dec. 12. Chris Fowler, Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard, Tom Rinaldi and Samantha Ponder will host the show, which will originate from the Atlantic Dance Hall on Disney's Boardwalk at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
The Lou Groza Award nominees
Roberto Aguayo: The strong-legged redshirt freshman leads Florida State in scoring with 125 points, which also ranks third in the country, and tops among the nation's kickers. He has missed only one field goal, making 19 of 20, and is perfect from under 40 yards, going 11-for-11. He made a season-long 53-yard field goal on Nov. 16 against Syracuse.
Anthony Fera: Texas' senior kicked a career-long 50-yard field goal Oct. 12 against Oklahoma. His 20 field goals are tied for sixth in the country and his 90.9 percent conversion ranks 11th among kickers with more than 10 attempts. Four times this season he has made three or more field goals in one game. He also doubles as the Longhorns' punter, averaging 40.6 yards per kick.
Marvin Kloss: South Florida's junior kicker leads the nation in makes from 50 or more yards, going 4-of-7. His seven makes from 40 to 49 yards are tied for fifth in the country. The Florida native's kicking prowess has jumped him to the top of Mel Kiper's list of top, non-senior kicker prospects. His field goal with four minutes left against UConn on Oct. 12 helped lead to a Bulls win.