Meyer is Groza Semifinalist

Nov. 7, 2011

IOWA CITY, Iowa – – University of Iowa sophomore PK Mike Meyer is one of 20 semifinal candidates for the 2011 Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award, presented by the Orange Bowl Committee.

The award is named in honor of former Cleveland Brown PK Lou Groza. The 2011 winner will be announced as part of the Home Depot College Football Awards, Thursday, Dec. 8.

Meyer (6-2, 180) is a native of Dubuque, Iowa who has handled all PAT and field goal attempts for the Hawkeyes this season. He has made all 34 of his PAT attempts and 13-17 field goal attempts, with two of the four missed kicks hitting the left upright. He leads Iowa in scoring with 73 points.

He earned Lou Groza Award “Stars of the Week” recognition and was named national Placekicker of the Week by the College Football Performance Awards for his play at Iowa State. Meyer connected on all four field goal attempts and was 3-3 on PAT kicks. Meyer had a career-best of 50 yards at Iowa State and five of his 13 field goals are at least 40 yards.

As a true freshman in 2010 Meyer made 14-17 field goals and 31-33 PATs, leading the team in scoring with 73 points. He has 146 career points to rank 16th in career scoring.

Former Iowa PK Nate Kaeding was the recipient of the Lou Groza Award in 2002 and was one of three finalists the following season. Kaeding is one of six former Groza Award winners who is active in the NFL. Former Hawkeye Kyle Schlicher was a semifinalist for the award in 2005.

The Hawkeyes entertain 13th-ranked Michigan State this weekend at Kinnick Stadium (11:01 a.m., ESPN2) in the final home game of the season.