NCAA FOOTBALL | Bluegrass Players Included on Groza, Guy Watch Lists

07/12/2017 12:15 PM

More college football watch lists were announced on Wednesday, the preseason watch list for the 2017 Ray Guy Award and the preseason watch list for the 2017 Lou Groza Award.

There are 30 names on the watch list for the Lou Groza Award, which recognizes the best kicker in college football.

Louisville’s Blanton Creque is on the list, along with Kentucky’s Austin MacGinnis and WKU’s Skyler Simcox.

UofL’s Creque took over as the starting kicker in the fourth game of the 2016 season. He went 16-of-19 on field goal attempts. In fact, his 84.2 field goal percentage last year was third-best in the ACC.

UK’s MacGinnis, like Creque, was 16-of-19 on his field goal attempts last year. MacGinnis also came up clutch for the Wildcats in multiple games in 2016, hitting a game-winning 51-yard field goal to beat Mississippi St. as time expired and hitting a 47-yard game-winning field goal in the closing seconds to beat Louisville.

WKU’s Simcox was 16-of-22 on field goals last season. He also went 70-of-71 on extra points, helping him accumulate 118 points overall last year for the Hilltoppers.

Meanwhile, the Ray Guy Award recognizes the nation’s top college punter.

This year’s list features 29 punters, including WKU junior Jake Collins.

During his sophomore season last year, Collins was named to the Conference USA Second Team. He averaged 42.7 yards per punt, including seven punts of 50 yards or more. His average was the third-best single-season mark in WKU history.

Andrew Chernoff

Andrew is a sports anchor and sports managing editor for Spectrum News. He covers sports all across the state of Kentucky for Sports Night, which airs weeknights at 6:30 and 10:30 on Spectrum News. Andrew was a sports anchor and reporter at KFDM/KBTV in Beaumont, Texas for four years before making the move back home to the Midwest. He is originally from Carmel, Indiana and majored in broadcast journalism and political science at Syracuse University.

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