On Wednesday Minnesota junior kicker Emmit Carpenter was one of 30 players named to the Lou Groza Award Watch List. The Lou Groza Award is given to the best placekicker in the nation at the end of the season. Carpenter was a Top-20 semifinalist for the award a year ago when he was named the Big Ten Kicker of the Year.
Its the second bit of national attention received by Carpenter this off-season as earlier he was named a Preseason All-American by Athlon Sports for the upcoming season. This comes off of a season a year ago where Carpenter scored 109 points tying Dan Nystrom’s record for most points scored by a kicker in a season. He ended the season making 12 field goals in a row which is the fourth longest streak in Gopher history. He will look to add to that total beginning August 31 against Buffalo.