University of Oklahoma sophomore kicker Michael Hunnicutt was named to the 2012 Lou Groza Award Semifinalist List on Monday. The Lou Groza Award is presented annually by the Palm Beach County Sports Commission to the NCAA's most outstanding placekicking performer among FBS teams.
A panel of more than 300 experts will narrow the field to three finalists on Nov. 19. The winner will be announced on Dec. 6 in Orlando, Fla.
Hunnicutt currently leads the Big 12 with a 90.9 field goal make percentage (10 of 11) with a 42-yard long at Texas Tech on Oct. 6. He has connected on 38 of 40 PATs to give him 68 points on the season.
He earned honorable mention All-Big 12 honors from the conference's coaches as a redshirt freshman in 2011. He took over the kicking duties for the Sooners in the third game of the year and established a Big 12 record with 21 made field goals in his first year of competition. He became the first kicker in OU history to make four field goals in a pair of games in the same season, accomplishing the feat vs. Kansas and Iowa State. He totaled 17 points against Kansas, the best single-game total ever accumulated by an OU kicker. He also connected on a 53-yard field at Kansas State, the longest by any kicker in Bob Stoops' tenure with the Sooners.
The Richardson, Texas, native is one of four Big 12 players represented on the 20-man Lou Groza Award Semifinalist List, joining Anthony Cantele (Kansas State), Jaden Oberkrom (TCU) and Quinn Sharp (Oklahoma State). The Lou Groza Award is named in honor of Pro Football Hall of Fame kicker Lou Groza, who played 21 seasons for the Cleveland Browns and was named the NFL Player of the Year in 1954.