Penn State Kicker Jake Pinegar Named to the Lou Groza Award Watch List

By John Morgan on July 22, 2020 at 2:20 pm
Nov 24, 2018; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions kicker Jake Pinegar (92) lines up his kick prior to kicking a field goal during the second quarter against the Maryland Terrapins at Beaver Stadium. Penn State defeated Maryland 38-3. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O'Haren-USA TODAY Sports
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After an impressive 2019 season, Penn State placekicker Jake Pinegar has been named to the Lou Groza Award Watch List. The Iowa-native is one of 30 kickers honored on the preseason list. The Lou Groza Award is presented by the Palm Beach County Sports Commission, and is voted on by head coaches, media members, professional kickers, and previous Groza Award winners.

Last season Pinegar was impressive and went 11-of-12 in field goal attempts,56-of-58 on extra points, including a perfect 3-for-3 beyond 40 yards. On the season, he tallied 89 total points and is now ranked 20th on the all-time Nittany Lions scoring list.

The award was first presented in 1992, and has been awarded annual ever since to the best placekicker in the country. No Penn State player has ever won the award. Last season, Georgia kicker Rodrigo Blankenship took home the honors. The full list can be found here.