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Dec. 10, 2004

Ohio State senior kicker extraordinaire, Mike Nugent, has won the 2004 Lou Groza Award as the nation’s best collegiate kicker. Nugent, who was a finalist for the award in 2002, is the first Ohio State player to win the award, which is named for the former Ohio State and Cleveland Browns’ kicking great. Nugent received the award Dec. 9 at the College Football Awards Show in Orlando. Lou’s son, Judd, a former Ohio State player, presented the award. Nugent has converted 20 of 23 field goal attempts this year (one was blocked) and leads the nation in 50-yard field goals with five. In the win over Marshall, his 55-yarder as time ran out provided OSU with a 24-21 win. In a 22-14 victory at North Carolina State, he tied a school record with five field goals. He is also a perfect 27-of-27 in the PAT department this year and has 34 touchbacks on 55 kickoffs. The Groza Award is the 30th major individual award won by an Ohio State player.

NUGENT, HAWK LATEST OHIO STATE ALL-AMERICA PICKS:
Ohio State senior place-kicker Mike Nugent has been named to a first-team spot on the Football Coaches and the Football Writers All-American teams. Nugent also made the coaches team as a sophomore, becoming the first Buckeye place-kicker to win first-team All-America honors. Nugent and junior linebacker A.J. Hawk were also named the Walter Camp All-America team. The Walter Camp team is the oldest All-America team in existence

NUGENT MVP:
Senior place-kicker Mike Nugent was selected by his teammates as the Most Valuable Player of the 2004 Ohio State football team. Nugent, who led the Buckeyes in scoring for the third consecutive year and holds 19 school kicking records, is the first Ohio State kicker to receive the honor.

HAWK, NUGENT SELECTED TO ALL-BIG TEN:
Kicker Mike Nugent and linebacker A.J. Hawk were named to first team berths on the 2004 All-Big Ten teams. Both players were named to the Coaches and the Media’s teams. Split end Santonio Holmes, defensive end Simon Fraser and safety Nate Salley were second-team selections on the coaches’ team