ATLANTA -- University of Wyoming junior kicker Cooper Rothe was honored as one of three national finalists for the 2018 Lou Groza Award at The Home Depot College Football Awards on ESPN Thursday night.
Andre Szmyt of Syracuse was named the winner of the Groza Award. The third finalist was Cole Tracy of LSU. A panel of FBS head coaches, sports information directors, media members, former Groza finalists and current NFL kickers selected the three finalists.
Rothe is the first UW player to be named a finalist for the Groza Award, which was first presented in 1992.
Rothe led the nation in field-goal percentage (94.1) as he made 16 of 17. He owned the nation’s longest streak of consecutive field goals made at 18, dating back to last season. Over the past two seasons, Rothe has made 31 of 35 field goals (88.6 percent). He was 28 of 28 in point-after-touchdown attempts this season to tie for No. 1 in the nation. The junior from Longmont, Colorado, has started every game of his UW career, which consists of 39 consecutive starts.
UW has had one former player win a national position award, wide receiver Marcus Harris in 1996, with the Biletnikoff Award given to the outstanding wide receiver in college football.