Brotzman named semi-finalist for Lou Groza Award

BOISE, Idaho Boise State freshman kicker Kyle Brotzman is one of 20 semi-finalists for the Lou Groza Award.

Brotzman has been honored as the Western Athletic Conference Special Teams Player Week twice this season, after the Nevada and Fresno State games.  He leads the Western Athletic Conference in field goal percentage and PAT kicking, making 11-of-12 field goals with his only miss coming on a blocked kick.  He has also made 10 straight field goals and all 44 of his extra points this season.  He is 3-for-3 from beyond 40 yards this season, and made two field goals against Nevada with no time on the clock that sent the game into overtime and quadruple overtime.

Brotzman is just one of three freshmen on the list of semi-finalists, joining Tennessee’s Daniel Lincoln and Arizona State’s Thomas Weber.  

He is the second Bronco to be named a semi-finalist in the last four seasons and the third since 2000.  Tyler Jones was one of three finalists during the 2004 season, and Nick Calaycay was a semi-finalist in 2000.  

The three finalists will be announced on Monday, Nov. 19 and will be honored at the 16th annual Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award Banquet on Tuesday, Dec. 4 at the Palm Beach Gardens Marriott.  The 2007 Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award winner will be announced on Thursday, December 6 during the ESPN Home Depot College Football Award Show in Orlando, Fla.

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