July 10, 2013
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.– Senior place kicker Chris Boswell earned a place on the Watch List for the 2013 Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award, as announced by the Palm Beach County Sports Commission, the organization announced on Wednesday.
The Keller, Texas native was a semifinalist for the award each of the past two seasons and is one of 30 players on the list for the 2013 edition.
Last season, Boswell was one of the top kickers in the country as he led the nation in long distance field goals while re-writing the Rice kicking record book. He set school season records for field goals (23) and kick scoring (114) in addition to career records for field goals (51) and field goal attempts (67) and kick scoring (270).
Boswell also led C-USA in kick scoring and field goals and finished fourth overall in scoring. He tied for sixth nationally with 23 field goals and ranked 13th among active kickers with 51 field goals, second among underclassmen. He led the nation with six field goals from 50 yards or more and was 6-of-8 from that distance. His 11 career field goals from 50 yards or longer are nearly triple the total of the next highest returning kicker for 2013 (Aaron Jones of Baylor has four).
As a junior, he tied an NCAA record against SMU, becoming the sixth kicker in history to hit three field goals of 50 yards or longer in a game. The three long kicks were part of a school-record five on the day. He also converted kicks from 57 (vs. Louisiana Tech to tie the school record) and 56 (vs. SMU) last year, making him the first kicker in conference history to have two kicks from 55 yards or better in a season (UTEP's Jose Martinez had a 64 yarder in 2008 and a 57 yarder in 2007).
Kickers on the Lou Groza Award Watch List were chosen based on statistics from the 2012 season and 2013 expectations. Ten conferences are represented among the 30 kickers, led by four each from the ACC, Big Ten, Conference USA and the MAC, while the Mountain West placed three representatives. The American, Big 12, Pac-12, SEC and the Sun Belt each had two kickers recognized, along with independent Notre Dame.