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Chris Griffith Named to Groza Pre-Season List
By: UCLA Athletics

Aug. 6, 2001

UCLA junior Chris Griffth, who earned second-team All-Pac-10 honors in 2000, has been named to the 2001 Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award Preseason Watch List. Last year, Griffith ranked second on the Bruin team with 77 points, one behind DeShaun Foster. He made 11 of 14 field goal attempts and 44 of 46 PATs.

This list is comprised of the top 30 preliminary candidates for the 10th Annual Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award, presented by the FedEx Orange Bowl. The award will be given out during the awards banquet on Tuesday, December 4, at the Sheraton at CityPlace in West Palm Beach, Florida.

A brief biography of each player on the Lou Groza Award Watch List can be found at

The kickers on the Lou Groza Award Watch List were chosen based on statistics from the 2000 season and on preseason expectations. However, any Division I kicker is eligible for consideration for the award. The Watch List is more of a reference than anything else for the over 300 Division I coaches, national media members, previous winners, and NFL kickers who vote on the award.

The 20 semifinalists for the Lou Groza Award will be announced in late October, followed several weeks later by the naming of the three Lou Groza Award finalists.

The award, now in its 10th year, is named for NFL Hall-of-Fame kicker Lou Groza, who played 21 seasons with the Cleveland Browns. Groza won four NFL championships with Cleveland and was named NFL Player of the Year in 1954. Nicknamed "The Toe," Groza was one of the first people to truly make kicking an art form, and he helped usher in to football the idea that a player could be used exclusively for kicking.

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