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ECU's Hartman On Lou Groza List

IRVING, Texas – A pair of Conference USA players have been named to the preseason watch list for the Lou Groza Award, given to the nation’s top placekicker. East Carolina senior Ben Hartman and Rice senior Clark Fangmeier are among the 30 preseason candidates for the award, which has been won by a Conference USA player twice in the past decade.

Hartman is a preseason All-Conference USA selection that has drilled six game-winning field goals at ECU, including four on the final play of the game. The Winston-Salem, N.C. native ranked second in the nation last season in field goals made per game (1.91). Hartman drilled 21 of 31 field goal tries last season (67.7 percent), connecting for at least one in all 11 games played. He established a new school single-season record with the 21 field goals and matched a program single-game record with four vs. both Marshall and UTEP last season. Hartman connected on a season-long 51-yarder vs. Marshall, while also hitting four tries from 40-49 yards out. He successfully converted a school-record 77 consecutive PATs before missing in the final game of the regular season against UTEP.

Fangmeier, a Houston native, is already the Owls’ all-time kick scoring leader with 217 points, including a career-high 91 points last year as a junior. During his career he has converted on 154 of 155 point-after tries including all 73 of his attempts in 2008. Fangmeier enters his senior season having converted 86 straight PATs going back to the 10th game of the 2007 season. He currently has the highest career PAT percentage (.993) among all Conference USA kickers who have at least 130 attempts and will begin the 2009 season ranked second in both PAT conversions and attempts in Conference USA history. Fangmeier has also connected on 21-of-33 field goal attempts. Last year he was 8-of-11.

More than three hundred media representatives, coaches, past recipients, conference and university officials make up the voting panel which selects the recipient of the Lou Groza Collegiate Place Kicking Award. The Award will be presented on Dec. 10, 2009, as part of the ESPN Home Depot College Football Awards program. The three finalists will be honored at the 18th annual Lou Groza Award Banquet to be held at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach, Florida on Tuesday Dec. 8.

The award is named in honor of one of the all-time greatest kickers in football history, Lou Groza. Groza played 21 seasons for the Cleveland Browns, setting numerous franchise records, including most games played, most points scored, and an amazing 107 consecutive games in which he scored a point. The 1,608 career points scored is still a Browns franchise record, and he ranks third all-time in the league. Groza was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1974.

2009 LOU GROZA AWARD WATCH LIST
Josh Arauco, Arkansas State
James Aho, New Mexico
Matt Bosher, Miami
Kyle Brotzman, Boise State
Josh Czajkowski, NC State
Ross Evans, TCU
Clark Fangmeier, Rice
Kai Forbath, UCLA
Sam Glusman, Troy
Kevin Goessling, Fresno State
Ben Hartman, East Carolina
Alex Henery, Nebraska
Hunter Lawrence, Texas
Daniel Lincoln, Tennessee
Nick Maggio, Duke
Aaron Pettrey, Ohio State
Jonathan Phillips, Florida
Jake Rogers, Cincinnati
Mike Salerno, Northern Illinois
Joshua Shene, Mississippi
Alex Steigerwald, Toledo
Jimmy Stevens, Oklahoma
Brett Swenson, Michigan State
Dave Teggart, UConn
Leigh Tiffin, Alabama
Brandon Walker, Notre Dame
Blair Walsh, Georgia
Thomas Weber, Arizona State
Philip Welch, Wisconsin
Carson Wiggs, Purdue


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