Byrum A Semi-Finalist for Groza Award

Wes Byrum

Auburn's Wes Byrum's strong performance this season has garnered the junior national attention.

Auburn, Ala.--Auburn junior kicker Wes Byrum was announced on Monday as a semi-finalist for the Lou Groza Award that goes to college football's top kicker.

Byrum is ranked fifth nationally in field goal percentage (92.9) as he has made 13-14 attempts, He is perfect on PAT kicks.

The former St. Thomas Aquinas star from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., is fifth on the all-time Auburn career list for field goals made with 38. John Vaughn (2003-2006) is number one with 50.

Byrum is fourth all-time for the Tigers in field goal percentage at 73.2 percent. Scott Etheridge (1992-93) is number one at 79.1 percent.

The kicker is seventh in career scoring for the Tigers with 223 points. Vaughn is number one with 312.

Byrum has missed just one kick this season.

The Groza Award is voted on by a panel of college football experts from around the country.

Other semi-finalists for the award include Jordan Congdon of Southern Cal, Stefan Demos of Northwestern, Morgan Flint of Oregon, Kai Forbath of UCLA, Alan Gendreau of Middle Tennessee State, Kevin Goessling of Fresno State, Spencer Lanning of South Carolina, Hunter Lawrence of Texas, Joe Phillips of Utah, Robert Randolph of Virginia, Craig Ratanamorn of Marshall, Grant Ressel of Missouri, Will Snyderwine of Duke, Caleb Sturgis of Florida, Brett Swenson of Michigan State, Nick Tausch of Notre Dame, Leigh Tiffin of Alabama and Blair Walsh of Georgia.

Three finalists will be honored at the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Awards Banquet on December 8 in West Palm Beach, Fla., and the winner will be announced Dec. 10th at the ESPNU College Football Awards Show.

Byrum was named SEC Special Teams Player of the Week and Lou Groza Star of the Week for his performance against Tennessee

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