Virginia Tech senior Cody Journell was one of 30 players on the watch list released today for the Lou Groza Award, which is given annually to the nation’s top kicker.
Journell went 20-for-25 last season on field goal attempts and made game-winning kicks against Georgia Tech, Virginia and Rutgers. He also had a clutch game-tying kick in the final minutes at Boston College to send the game to overtime, where the Hokies won.
The 6-foot, 181-pound senior from Ripplemead earned an All-ACC honorable mention last season.
Journell is a two-year starter who has made 34 career field goals and has scored 179 points, 11th on Virginia Tech’s all-time scoring list. If he matches last year’s 94 points this year, he’ll finish his career fifth on that list.
Journell is one of four ACC kickers on the Lou Groza list, joining Clemson’s Chandler Catanzaro, Boston College’s Nate Freese and Duke’s Ross Martin.
Here are other Hokies who have made watch lists recently: