ABC5 Sports Desk
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa junior kicker Mike Meyer has been named one of 20 semifinal candidates for the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award presented by the Orange Bowl Committee. The award is named in honor of former Cleveland Brown PK Lou Groza. Meyer was also a semifinalist for the award in 2011.
Three finalists will be announced on Nov. 19. The 2012 winner will be announced as part of the Home Depot ESPN College Football Awards Show on Thursday, Dec. 6.
Meyer, a native of Dubuque, Iowa, has earned Big Ten Special Teams Player and Lou Groza Star of the Week accolades twice this season. He first was recognized after his performance against Northern Illinois in the opener and later for his play in Iowa's win at Michigan State. Meyer has also earned CFPA honorable mention weekly recognition after the NIU, Central Michigan and Michigan State contests.
Meyer has connected on 15-of-18 field goal attempts this year, including making 13 in a row earlier this season. Meyer's 50-yarder against Northern Illinois, tied his career long (at Iowa State, 2011). He made four treys against NIU and Michigan State, which matches his career high (at Iowa State, 2011 and at Indiana, 2010). His five attempts vs. NIU ties Iowa's single-game record, which he also shares (at Indiana in 2010).
Meyer ranks fifth in Big Ten kick scoring (7.1) and ranks eighth in the country in field goals made per game (1.7). He ranks fifth on Iowa's career scoring list with 223 points. He has made 43-55 (.782) career field goal attempts. Meyer is 31-36 (.861) from kicks 39 yards and closer; 10-15 (.667) from attempts 40-49 yards; and 2-4 (.500) from kicks 50 yards or farther.
Meyer has made 75 consecutive PAT attempts, which is a school record. His four straight PAT's against Central Michigan helped him surpass All-Pro Nate Kaeding's previous record of 60 straight.
Former Iowa PK Nate Kaeding was the recipient of the Lou Groza Award in 2002 and was one of three finalists the following season. Former Hawkeye Kyle Schlicher was a semifinalist for the award in 2005.