Indiana kicker Mitch Ewald was named to the Lou Groza Award watch list a day after IU tight end Ted Bolser was named to the John Mackey Award Watch List. The release for Ewald follows and Bolser’s is after that.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana senior kicker Mitch Ewald is one of 30 players on the 2013 Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award Preseason Watch List, the Palm Beach County Sports Commission announced Wednesday (July 10) morning. Ewald is a Lou Groza Award candidate for the third consecutive season.
Ewald is tied for third on IU’s career list with 44 field goals, fourth with 105 extra points and sixth with 237 total points. He is the school’s all-time career field goal percentage leader, connecting on 44-of-55 (80.0 percent), with two blocked. His percentage is eighth among active kickers nationally. In 24 career Big Ten games, Ewald has hit 29-of-35 (82.9) field goals.
Ewald was named Indiana’s Special Ops Player of the Year (special teams) in 2012 and was tabbed honorable All-Big Ten by the league’s media.
Kickers on the Lou Groza Award Watch List were chosen based on statistics from the 2012 season and 2013 expectations. Ten conferences are represented among the 30 kickers, led by four each from the ACC, Big Ten, Conference USA and the MAC, while the Mountain West placed three representatives.
Accomplishments are tabulated throughout the season and the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award will announce its 20 semifinalists on Monday, November 4th. 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 22nd Annual Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award, presented by the Orange Bowl Committee, recognizes the three finalists during an early week celebration in Palm Beach County, culminating with a gala awards banquet on December 10th, prior to joining ESPN in Orlando.
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.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana senior tight end Ted Bolser has been named to the 2013 John Mackey Award Preseason Watch List. Given annually to the most outstanding collegiate tight end, the award recipient is selected by vote of the John Mackey Award Selection Committee.
Bolser is a member of the watch list for the third consecutive season. In 2012, he became the third tight end in school history and the 36th player overall to reach 1,000 career receiving yards. He now has 1,017 yards (35th all-time), nine TDs, which is an Indiana tight end record, and 82 receptions, which is second to Bob Stephenson (115 from 1978-81).
The All-Big Ten selection hauled in 41 passes for 445 yards during his junior campaign. Both those totals ranked third on IU’s tight single season list.
The 2013 John Mackey honoree will be presented live on December 12, 2013 at The Home Depot College Football Awards Red Carpet Show: 6:00 p.m. ET on ESPNU. Other key dates include the announcement of the 2013 Mackey Midseason Watch List on October 14, 2013, the 2013 Mackey Semi-finalists on November 18, 2013 and the 2013 Mackey Finalists on November 25, 2013. All future announcements can be found at www.johnmackeyaward.com.
NFL Hall of Fame member John Mackey is considered to be the best to have played the tight end position. A tight end by whom all others are measured, Mackey was a role model on and off the field as demonstrated by his Super Bowl Championship, his commitment to community and his place in history as the first President of the NFLPA.
The John Mackey Award presented since 2000, lists twelve NFL players as alumni: two-time Super Bowl Champion Daniel Graham (’01), 2006 Super Bowl Champion Dallas Clark (’02), Kellen Winslow II (’03) of the New York Jets, two-time Super Bowl Champion Heath Miller (’04) of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Marcedes Lewis (’05) of the Jacksonville Jaguars, 2008 Super Bowl Champion Matt Spaeth (’06) of the of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Fred Davis (’07) of the Washington Redskins, Chase Coffman (’08) of the Atlanta Falcons, Aaron Hernandez (’09), D.J. Williams (’10) of the Green Bay Packers, Dwayne Allen (’11) of the Indianapolis Colts and the 2012 John Mackey Award recipient Tyler Eifert of the Cincinnati Bengals.