Notre Dame kicker Kyle Brindza is among 30 players on the 2013 Lou Groza Award Watch list. The award is presented annually to college football's top kicker.
Brindza connected on 23 of 31 field goal attempts, 28 of 29 extra points and also handled Notre Dame's kickoff duties in 2012. The junior to be broke John Carney's 26-year-old school records for field goals and attempts in a season. He is one of eight kickers who connected on at least 20 field goals last year who are on this year's Groza Watch List.
The Canton, Mich native also set school records for field goals in a game with five against USC and points in a season (97) by a place kicker last year. Brindza's biggest kick of the season came with seven seconds remaining to beat Purdue 20-17 on Sept. 8.
Brindza handled only kickoff duties as a freshman in 2011. It looked like he would do the same last year, but he took over field goals and extra points as well after Nick Tausch went down to injury. Brindza handled punting duties this past spring as well and may hold kickoff, place kicking and punting jobs during the season this fall.
Reigning Groza Award winner Cairo Santos of Tulane heads the 2013 Watch List. Santos was a perfect 21-for-21 on field goal attempts last season. Former Florida State kicker Sebastian Janikowski won back-to-back Groza Awards n 1998 and 1999 to become the only two-time winner in the 21-year history of the award.
The award is named after NFL Hall of Fame kicker Lou Groza, who played for 21 seasons with the Cleveland Browns. Twenty semifinalists for the award will be announced on Nov. 4 and the list will then be narrowed to three finalists on Nov. 25. The winner will be announced on Dec. 12 at the Home Depot College Football Awards Show in Orlando, Fla.