The Nevada football team was one of just eight teams in the nation to have both its kicker and punter honored today, as senior Brent Zuzo was named to the watch list for the Lou Groza Award and senior Alex Boy was named to the watch list for the Ray Guy Award.
Zuzo is one of just 30 players nationally and one of two from the Mountain West to be named to the Lou Groza Award watch list, which was announced Thursday by the Palm Beach County Sports Commission. The Groza Award is presented annually to the nation’s top place kicker.
Boy is one of just 28 players nationally and one of four from the Mountain West to be named to the watch list for the Ray Guy Award, which is given annually to the nation’s top collegiate punter, the Augusta Sports Council announced Thursday.
Zuzo is returning for his senior season with an opportunity to become one of the top kickers in program history. He’s started in each of the past three seasons and ranks fifth in program history in career kicker scoring, made field goals and extra points. Zuzo is 45-of-54 (.833) in his Pack career.
Among returning FBS kickers with double-digit attempts, Zuzo is the only one who didn’t miss a kick within 50 yards last season. Zuzo made 17-of-19 (.895) attempts as a junior in 2015, earning All-Mountain West honors while leading the conference and ranking fourth nationally in field goal percentage. He also converted 38-of-40 PATs and helped Nevada recover two-of-three onside kicks last year. Zuzo is one of just 10 kickers returning from making at least 85 percent of their field goals with at least 15 attempts last season, while all 10 made the watch list.
Boy is also returning for his senior season with a chance to become one of the top punters in school history. The Long Beach, Calif., native currently ranks second in Nevada’s record books with a 43.1 career average per punt. Boy also ranks fifth in career punt yardage and seventh in career punts at Nevada.
A product of Long Beach City College, Boy averaged 42 yards per punt last season and was named to the fall watch list for the Ray Guy Award. He downed 18 punts inside the 20-yard line and blasted 11 punts over 50 yards. Boy also averaged 44.3 yards per punt in his sophomore season at Nevada, leading the conference to earn All-Mountain West honors.
Nevada, Miami, Nebraska, Arizona State, Alabama, Connecticut, Idaho and Oklahoma are the only teams in FBS represented both on the Ray Guy Award and Lou Groza Award watch lists.
The Lou Groza Award will announce 20 semifinalists on Nov. 3, while three finalists will be announced on Nov. 22. The Ray Guy Award will also announce semifinalists on Nov. 11 and finalists on Nov. 22. Both awards will be announced on Thursday, Dec. 8 during the Home Depot College Football Awards Show.