Nov. 3, 2016
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State senior kicker Tyler Durbin has been named one of 20 semifinalists for the 2016 Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award, presented by the Orange Bowl.
Durbin, a civil engineering major, has been enjoying a stellar season for the Buckeyes in only his second year of competitive football. He walked on to the team in 2015 after playing two seasons of soccer at James Madison University. This season as the full-time kicker, Durbin ranks first in the Big Ten in overall and kick scoring at 9.4 points per game. He also is fourth in the conference with 1.4 made field goals per game and second with his .917 field goal percentage.
A native of Fairfax, Va., Durbin is 11-of-12 on field goals this season. He converted on a career-high three in the win at No. 8 Wisconsin, including a 31-yarder with under 4 minutes remaining to send the game into overtime. He converted on two of three at Penn State from 33 and 30 yards and also connected on multiple FG’s in the win over Tulsa. In the season opening win over Bowling Green, he set a school record when he connected on all 11 extra point attempts, earning Ohio State special teams player of the game honors.
Durbin also handles kickoffs for the Buckeyes, recording 25 touchbacks on 62 attempts.
Mike Nugent won the award for Ohio State in 2004.
Semifinalists will be a panel of more than 100 FBS head coaches, SIDs, media members, former Groza finalists, and current NFL kickers to select the three finalists. These finalists will be announced on November 22nd and honored at the 25th annual Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Awards Banquet on December 5th in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. The winner will be announced live on ESPN at the Home Depot College Football Awards Show on Thursday, December 8th.
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 setting numerous franchise records, including most games played, most points scored, and an amazing 107 consecutive games in which he scored a point. He was named NFL Player of the Year in 1954 and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1974. 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.
The Palm Beach County Sports Commission is a private, not-for-profit organization contracted by Palm Beach County to promote and market the County as a sports and sports tourism destination. The Commission brings sporting events and activities to the County, enhances economic impact, stimulates bed tax revenues (primarily in the off-season), and maximizes utilization of County facilities. The Commission offers a full range of event service support, corporate partnerships, sponsorships and a local membership program that support its goals. Local, regional, national and international marketing efforts are ongoing by the Commission with sports organizations and event owners. The Commission also produces sports-related programs for the residents of Palm Beach County including the annual Lou Groza Award program, the Palm Beach County Sports Hall of Fame and the Kids Fitness Festival of the Palm Beaches. For more information on the Palm Beach County Sports Commission, go to www.palmbeachsports.com.