Steven Schott, a senior placekicker for the Ball State football team, has been selected as one of 20 semifinalists for the Lou Groza Award, which goes to the nation's most outstanding collegiate football placekicker.
The Palm Beach County Sports Commission released the names of the 20 semifinalists. Football Bowl Subdivision head coaches, collegiate media relations directors, past Groza winners and regional and national football writers will select three finalists. The finalists will be announced Nov. 19, and honored at the 21st annual Lou Groza Collegiate Placekicker Awards Banquet Dec. 4, in West Palm Beach, Fla. The winner will be announced live on the Home Depot ESPN College Football Awards Show Thurs., Dec. 6.
Schott ranks second in the nation with 2.22 field goals made per game, and is tied for 15th in the county in scoring with 10.33 points per contest. He has made 20 field goals in 2012, which ranks second on Ball State's single-season chart. Schott needs six field goals to set the school's single-season record and pass John Diettrich, who made 25 field goals in 1985.
Schott connected on a career long 52-yard field goal in the first quarter vs. Eastern Michigan in the season opener and made a 51-yard field goal in the second quarter of Ball State's win at Indiana. Schott made a 42-yard field goal as time expired to give the Cardinals a 41-39 victory at Indiana.
Ball State is 6-3 overall and 3-2 in the Mid-American Conference. The Cardinals play at Toledo Tuesday, host Ohio Nov. 14, and complete the regular season at Miami University Nov. 23.