Georgia Southern’s Younghoe Koo named Lou Groza Award Finalist

The Palm Beach County Sports Commission announced the final three candidates for the Lou Groza Award on Monday, and Georgia Southern’s Younghoe Koo (@YounghoeKoo) was among the finalists.

Annually, the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award is given to the nation’s best gridiron leg by a national panel of college football experts assembled by the Palm Beach County Sports Commission.

Along with Koo, the other two finalists for the award are Daniel Carlson of Auburn, and Zane Gonzalez of Arizona State.

Koo, senior from Ridgewood, New Jersey, was not on the Lou Groza Pre-Season Watch List, but had an outstanding 2016 campaign. He set the Georgia Southern record with 14 consecutive made field goals, a stretch snapped only by a missed 54-yard attempt going into halftime against Ole Miss. That would be his only miss on the entire season.

A 2013 SoCon All-Freshman Special Teams selection, Koo finished his senior season 19-for-20 (95.0%), ranking third in the nation. His 19 total FGs tied the GSU’s all-time record, and his career 88.6% accuracy is also a school record.


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