Garrett Hartley Finalist For Groza Award

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Oklahoma kicker Garrett Hartley has been named one of three finalists for the Lou Groza Award, which is presented annually to the top kicker in college football. The Palm Beach County Sports Institute and Palm Beach County Sports Commission made the announcement Tuesday.

The award is presented by the FedEx Orange Bowl.

The other finalists are John Vaughn of Auburn and Arthur Carmody of Louisville .

Hartley has connected on 17 of 18 field goals this season. His only miss on the year came on a blocked 44-yard field goal against Oregon . Hartley currently ranks No. 2 among all players in the Big 12 Conference with 8.2 points per game.

The junior place-kicker’s season long is a 46-yard field goal against Iowa State . Hartley has also remained perfect this season in extra point attempts going 39-of-39.

Twice this year Hartley was named a Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award Star of the Week.

Hartley ranks No. 9 in kick scoring points for a season (90) at Oklahoma , No. 8 for a career (184). He is No. 4 in field goals in a season (17), No. 7 for a career (32).

The Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award recognizes the top place-kicker in NCAA Division I-A football. Voters for the award include Division I-A head coaches, sports writers and sportscasters, conference representatives, professional kickers, and previous Groza Award finalists.

The three finalists will be honored at the 15th Annual Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award Banquet on Tuesday, December 5 at the Palm Beach Gardens Marriott. The 2006 Lou Groza Collegiate Place -Kicker Award winner will be announced on Thursday, December 7 during the ESPN Home Depot College Football Award Show in Orlando , Florida .