WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – East Carolina junior kicker Warren Harvey has been named to the Lou Groza Placekicker Award Watch List, according to an announcement by the Palm Beach County Sports Commission Wednesday.
The award recognizes the top collegiate placekicker and is named for National Football League Hall of Fame kicker Lou “The Toe” Groza, who played 21 seasons with the Cleveland Browns.
Harvey, who has garnered preseason All-Conference USA honors by Phil Steele’s College Football Preview Magazine (fourth-team) and earned a spot on the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) Placekicker Trophy Watch List, is the first Pirate to be named to the watch list since Michael Barbour in 2011.
A year ago Harvey earned all-conference honorable mention honors after converting all 50 PATs and 15-of-20 field goal attempts, which included a career-long 54-yarder at Southern Miss. He connected on a career-best eight PATs in the season finale against Marshall lifting ECU to a 65-59 double-overtime win.
The Greenville, N.C. native led the team with 95 points, scored a season-high 12 against Houston (4 PATs, 2 FGs) and ranked among league leaders in PAT percentage (1st), kick scoring (6th), field goal percentage (6th), field goals (t6th) and total scoring (9th).
Harvey along with Chris Boswell (Rice), Ty Long (UAB) and 2012 Groza winner Cairo Santos (Tulane) represent Conference USA among the 30-preseason honorees. Watch List selections were chosen based on statistics from the 2012 season and expectations for 2013.
Accomplishments for all the watch list nominees are tabulated throughout the season and the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award announces its 20 semi-finalists November 4. From this list, a panel of over 300 experts selects the top three finalists for the award by November 25. That same voting group then chooses the national winner, which will be announced December 12 during the Home Depot College Football Awards, broadcast live from Orlando, Fla.