Kyle Brindza was named to the 2013 Lou Groza Award Pre-Season Watch List on Wednesday. The award is given to college football’s best place-kicker.
The junior heads into the 2013 season as both the field goal kicker and kickoff specialist. He is one of eight players on the list that converted 20 or more field goals last season.
Brindza was 23-for-31 (74.2 percent) on field goals during the 2012 campaign and made 28 of his 29 extra point attempts. He made a 52-yard try against USC, tied for the second-longest field goal in Notre Dame history.
The list is headlined by 2012 winner Cairo Santos from Tulane. Santos was a perfect 21-for-21 last season, the first place-kicker in history to accomplish that feat. He is looking to become just the second player in history to win the Lou Groza Award twice (Sebastian Janikowski won the award twice while at Florida State).
Former Irish kicker David Ruffer (2008-2011) finished as the runner-up for the award in 2010. Ruffer was 23-for-24 that season, and he converted 23 straight field goals, the longest streak in school history.