Athens, GA - Georgia junior Blair Walsh has been named one of 20 semifinalists for the 2010 Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award after being one of three finalists in 2009.
Walsh joins UCLA’s Kai Forbath, who was the 2009 Groza Award winner, as two of the three finalists from last season who are semifinalists in 2010. LSU’s Josh Jasper is the only other player from the Southeastern Conference to be a semifinalist this year.
Semifinalists will be voted on by all Division I head coaches and Sports Information Directors, along with national, regional and local football writers and others who will select the three finalists. These finalists will be honored at the Lou Groza Awards Banquet on December 7 in West Palm Beach, Fla. The winner will be announced live on the nationally televised Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Show on the evening of December 9.
Walsh, a 5-10, 183-pound native of Boca Raton, Fla., has drilled at least one field goal in 16 consecutive games and 30 games overall. He is 14-for-17 this season, including four kicks that measured longer than 40 yards with a season-long boot of 52 yards.
With an all-time mark of 120-for-121 in point-after attempts, Walsh set a new school record with 115 consecutive PATs in his career during the Bulldogs’ 43-0 shutout of Vanderbilt. He is No. 2 in the SEC in scoring for kickers (8.8 pts./game) and tied for ninth in the nation with an average of 1.75 FGs/game, which leads the conference.
Georgia takes on Florida in Jacksonville, Fla., on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.