Four Big Ten kickers on Groza watch list

Time for more preseason watch list action, and it gets even more exciting when you're talking about kickers.

Seriously, you can make fun of kickers until your team needs a 40-yard field goal with three seconds left to win the game. Then it's not so funny. The following four Big Ten players have been nominated to the preseason list for the Lou Groza Award, which goes to the nation's top place-kicker:

  • Dan Conroy, Michigan State, Jr.

  • Derek Dimke, Illinois, Sr.

  • Mitch Ewald, Indiana, Soph.

  • Phillip Welch, Wisconsin, Sr.

Conroy and Dimke were both Groza semifinalists last season. Conroy was the first-team All-Big Ten kicker, while Dimke was second. Both have a chance of taking home this award in 2011. Would have liked to see Purdue's Carson Wiggs on this list, since nobody in America has a bigger leg than him.