July 11, 2013
University of Cincinnati kicker Tony Miliano (North Bend, Ohio/Elder) was one of 30 student-athletes named to the 2013 Lou Groza Award watch list, the Palm Beach County Sports Commission announced.
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Miliano averaged 7.5 points per game, leading UC and the BIG EAST Conference in 2012. He finished the season 17-of-22 on field goals and 51-of-53 on point-after tries for 102 points. His season mark of 102 tied for the third-best single-season effort in school history. The junior-to-be finished 10-for-11 on field goal tries inside 40 yards with a long kick of 47 yards in the rain at Louisville.
Kickers on the Lou Groza Award Watch List were chosen based on statistics from the 2012 season and 2013 expectations. Accomplishments are tabulated throughout the season and the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award will announce its 20 semifinalists on Monday, Nov. 4. From this list, a panel of more than 300 FBS head coaches, SIDs, media members, and former winners selects the top three finalists for the award by Monday, November 25th. That same group then selects the national winner, who will be announced on Thursday, December 12th during the Home Depot College Football Awards, broadcast live from Orlando, Fla.
The Award is named for National Football League Hall of Fame kicker Lou "The Toe" 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. Although an All-Pro offensive lineman as well, Groza ushered in the notion that there should be a place on an NFL roster for a kicker.
For more information on the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award and to see the "Stars of the Week" throughout the season, please go to www.lougrozaaward.com. For even more updates on the best kicking performances throughout the season, follow @LouGrozaAward on Twitter.