Will Oliver named Groza Award semifinalist

Doug Pensinger

The kicker is one of 20 finalists for the honor.

Buffaloes kicker Will Oliver is one of 20 semifinalists for the 2013 Lou Groza Award, given out annually to the nation's best kicker. Oliver hasn't missed an extra point this season, going 19 for 19, and is 14-18 on field goals with two kicks over 50 yards.

"It's nice to get some recognition for the all the work I've put in," said Oliver. "I think I'm headed in the right direction but I still think I have a ways to go to be as good as I can be."

"I had a rough game last week," said Oliver. "It was really eye-opening to me to struggle like that but as long as I take it one kick at a time and stay engaged I think I'll have a chance to win it."

Oliver joins former kicker Mason Crosby as the only CU kickers to ever be named semi-finalists for the prestigious award. Crosby was named a semi-finalist twice and finished as the runner-up to winner Alexis Serna from Oregon State (blasphemy) in 2005.

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