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Kicker Erik Powell a semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award

The Cougar kicker is one of best in the country

NCAA Football: Eastern Washington at Washington State James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

With Erik Powell’s field goal range getting longer every week, it should be of no surprise that Washington State’s kicker is receiving some recognition. Thursday, it was announced that Powell is a semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award, given to the nation’s top kicker.

After missing his first five field goals of the 2016 season, Powell has become a reliable quantity for WSU. This year, he has made 14/17 field goal attempts and 36/37 extra points. Last week against Arizona he notched his third 50+ yard field goal of the year with a career long 56 yarder.

Powell is one of 20 other semifinalists and the first Coug to make it to this stage since Andrew Furney in 2011. The top three kickers in the country will be named finalists and have the luxary of going to Palm Beach, Florida for a ceremony. If Powell were to make it that far, there is a fan voting aspect, so keep an eye out.

Hercules Mata’afa was also named a semifinalist for a national award this week. He is one of 18 defensive players being considered for the Chuck Bednarik Award.



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