TCU's Ross Evans has been named one of 20 semifinalists for the 2008 Lou Groza Award, honoring the nation's top placekicker.
Evans is the only freshman included among the semifinalists. Former Horned Frog All-American Michael Reeder captured the 1995 Lou Groza Award.
A true freshman from Burnet, Texas, Evans has made 11 consecutive field-goal attempts and is 12-of-13 for the season. His 92.3 percentage is tied for fourth nationally among kickers with at least 13 attempts.
On his first collegiate field-goal attempt, Evans hit from 50 yards in the season opener at New Mexico. It was the sixth-longest made kick by a freshman nationally this season. It also tied for the 12th-longest field goal in TCU history. Evans has made four kicks from at least 39 yards.
Evans tied TCU’s single-game PAT?record, accomplished four other times, with eight against Stephen F. Austin.
The Lou Groza Award semifinalists will be voted on by a panel consisting of coaches, sports information directors, media and others. Three finalists will then be invited to the Lou Groza Award Banquet Dec. 7-9 in West Palm Beach, Fla. The winner will be announced live on the nationally-televised Home Deport ESPNU College Football Awards Program Dec. 11.