Adding to a list of awards such as a preseason All-American by Playboy magazine and a second-team All-American by The Sporting News, on Friday the Palm Beach County, Fla., Sports Commission announced that Duval was one of the preliminary candidates to win the award in 2002.
A finalist for the award last season after connecting on 16-of-26 field goals, including three consecutive game winning kicks, Duval enters his senior season as one of the most prolific kickers in Auburn history. Currently third all-time in field goals made with 39, just six behind leader Win Lyle, Duval is on pace to shatter just about every kicking record in the book.
In addition to the field goals made, he's also become a scoring machine and is currently just 66 points behind Bo Jackson for the all-time lead in that catagory. Duval has scored 208 points in his three seasons at Auburn and should surpass the Heisman Trophy winner this season.
Presented by the Orange Bowl, the award will be presented on Tuesday, December 10 in West Palm Beach, Fla. The award is voted on by Division I coaches, national media members, previous winners and kickers from the National Football League. The award is named for legendary kicker Lou Groza, who played 21 years with the Cleveland Browns.