Arizona State senior kicker Zane Gonzalez has been selected as a finalist for the Lou Groza Award, per a release from Sun Devil Athletics. The honor is given to the best kicker in college football.
Auburn’s Daniel Carlson and Georgia Southern’s Younghoe Koo join Gonzalez to complete the finalist group vying for the award.
Gonzalez has been a lone bright spot throughout what’s been a tumultuous season for the Arizona State Sun Devils, and has become a true fan favorite.
Entering the team’s final game of the season—a Territorial Cup bout against in-state rival, the Arizona Wildcats—Gonzalez ranks among the best in just about every kicking statistic.
The Texas native is 23 of 24 on field goal attempts in 2016, connecting on 7 of 8 from 50 yards away or more, including a 59-yard connection which is the longest field goal recorded in FBS this year.
Gonzalez became the NCAA’s highest-scoring kicker earlier this season, currently sitting at 489 total points. He’s also recorded an NCAA-record with 96 career field goals made, knocking in 83.5 percent of his attempts. Gonzalez’s right foot has been lethal on kickoffs too, driving 55 of his 73 kicks through the end zone (75.3 percent), the second-highest amount this season.
Based on these statistics, Gonzalez has a résumé worthy of earning the award. However, earlier in the season, ESPN named Auburn’s Carlson its midseason All-American team kicker, sparking reaction from many Sun Devil fans.
ASU fans, however, can let there voice be heard this time around, as the Groza Award is awarded by way of an open vote, which fans can access via this link.
It’s in Sun Devil Nation’s hands to make sure the national media hears its voice.