Washington State has had a lot of problems on the football field in recent history, but none may have been worse than field goal kicking. From 2004-2010 WSU kickers combined to make 62.0 percent of their field goals. That is good for the 111th worst percentage out of 120 FBS schools.
Enter Andrew Furney. With Furney Furn handling the kicking duties, WSU has converted 85.7 percent of its field goals in 2011, good for 14th best among FBS teams. Furney's success hasn't gone unnoticed as he was announced as a semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award.
Washington State sophomore kicker Andrew Furney has been named one of 20 semifinalists for the 2011 Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award presented by the Orange Bowl Committee, announced by The Palm Beach County Sports Commission today. These 20 place-kickers have all excelled throughout the season in earning their places as semifinalists.
If Furney finishes in the top three he gets to attend a banquet in Florida. I hope they have a backup buffet.
Furney Named Semifinalist For Lou Groza Award - The Washington State University Official Athletic Site
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Washington State sophomore kicker Andrew Furney has been named one of 20 semifinalists for the 2011 Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award presented by the Orange Bowl Committee, announced by The Palm Beach County Sports Commission today. These 20 place-kickers have all excelled throughout the season in earning their places as semifinalists.
Wind-blown WSU puts together strong practice - SportsLink - Spokesman.com - Nov. 2, 2011
In the years I've been doing this job, I don't remember many practice days colder than this one. The wind was blowing, not too hard but it was steady, and it was biting. Despite wearing a sweatshirt and two jackets, I felt it wasn't enough. So how did the Washington State players respond? Read on.
WSU Vs. Cal: Paul Wulff And Jeff Tedford Fighting For Their Jobs - SB Nation Seattle
The Washington St. Cougars and the California Golden Bears are teams headed in the wrong direction as the 2011 college football calendar turns to November. The loser of this game could be that much closer to seeing the exit.
Scout.com: Greatest WSU Walk Ons: The Specialists
KICKERS AND PUNTERS. If they're good, you sometimes hardly notice. If they're bad, whoa Nellie, watch the message boards light up. In the second of our two-part series picking the greatest walk ons in the modern era of Cougar football, we today focus on the specialists. The vast majority of Cougar legs over the years arrived as walk ons so the pool from which to choose our top five was large.
Bears' bowl eligibility may hinge on game vs. WSU
Cal heads into its most critical game of the season against Washington State on Nov. 5 at AT&T Park without knowing who its quarterback will be. That's never a good thing. It might be incumbent Zach Maynard, who has struggled mightily in two of his past three games, or it might be Allan Bridgford, who would be making his first career start.
Cougars look for the big win - Washington State University - The Olympian - Olympia, Washington news, weather and sports
PULLMAN – Since arriving in Pullman, Washington State’s seniors have never played a late-season game with anything more than pride on the line.
Cougars pushing hard to finish strong - Spokesman.com - Nov. 2, 2011
PULLMAN – With four games left in the 2010 season, Washington State hit its low point, a 42-0 thrashing at Arizona State.
Karstetter having standout year for WSU | KING5.com Seattle
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- Wide receiver Jared Karstetter is having another standout season for Washington State.
Cal football: Zach Maynard will remain the starter for Saturday's game vs. Washington State - San Jose Mercury News
Zach Maynard might not feel much love from Cal fans right now, but his teammates and coach went to great lengths Wednesday to back the struggling quarterback.