Nebraska's Brett Maher was named one of 20 semifinalists for the 2011 Lou Groza Award announced Friday by the Palm Beach County Sports Commission.
Maher has been impressive in his first season as the Huskers' kicker, going 13-of-16 in field goal attempts, including a pair of 50-yarders. He is one of only two Groza semifinalists who have made at least two field goals of 50+ yards this season. Maher is also 31-of-31 in PATs for the No. 13 Huskers, who are 6-1 on the season and ranked 13th nationally this week.
Maher is fourth nationally in field goals per game (1.86 field goals per game), and 12th nationally in scoring (10.0 points per game) while also averaging 45.5 yards per punt and placing 10 of his 25 kicks inside the opponent's 20-yard line.
The three finalists will be honored at the 20th annual Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Awards Banquet on December 6 in West Palm Beach, Florida. The presentation will be featured on The Home Depot College Football Awards on Thursday, December 8, 2011.