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Borregales Named Groza Award Finalist

CORAL GABLES, Fla. – University of Miami redshirt senior Jose Boregales is one of three finalists for the 29th Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award, the Palm Beach Sports Commission announced Tuesday.

Borregales, a senior from Miami, transferred to the Hurricanes in January 2020 and posted one the best years in program history. At 18-for-20 on field goals, his 90% accuracy rate is tied for the best in the nation among kickers with at least 20 attempts.

An All-ACC first-team selection, Borregales connected on eight field goals from at least 40 yards out, tied for fourth-most in the country. The list includes a 57-yard boot that came as part of a 4-for-4 FG, 17-point performance on the road against Louisville. Combined with his totals at FIU, Borregales is third in the nation among active kickers with 68 career field goals.

Joining Borregales as finalists for the Lou Groza Award presented by the Orange Bowl are Jake Oldroyd of BYU and Will Reichard of Alabama.

This year, fans can have their part in naming the winner of the Lou Groza Award.  Fans can visit www.lougrozaaward.com and cast a vote for their favorite of the three finalists selected by the national panel of voters. The finalist who receives the greatest total of fan votes will be given one vote on the final ballot. One vote can make a difference in the final outcome, so fans are encouraged to participate.

The three finalists will be honored at the 29th Annual Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Awards Virtual Awards Celebration, streamed live on January 4th on lougrozaaward.com. This year’s Lou Groza Award winner will be announced live on ESPN at the Home Depot College Football Awards on Thursday, January 7th. For more information on the Lou Groza Award and the Palm Beach County Sports Commission, visit www.palmbeachsports.com.

Since the first Lou Groza Award was handed out in 1992, 28 finalists, including 16 winners, have gone on to appear in the NFL, earning 11 trips to the Pro Bowl and taking home six Super Bowls.