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K Andy Phillips Named to Lou Groza Award Watch List

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Utah senior kicker Andy Phillips was named today to the Lou Groza Award Watch List, the award given to the nation's top kicker. Phillips has already been named a preseason All-American, and Phil Steele named Phillips the top special teams player. Phillips joins teammates defensive linemen Kylie Fitts and Lowell Lotulelei on preseason award watch lists. Fitts and Lotulelei were named earlier this week to the Bednarik Award Watch List.

Below is the complete press release from the University of Utah

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.—Utah senior kicker Andy Phillips, a three-time Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award semifinalist and two-time All-Pac-12 selection, has been named to the watch list for the 2016 Lou Groza Award.

Phillips has made 84-percent of his career field goal attempts and is Utah's career record holder for field goals made (63), field goal attempts (75) and points scored (321). A 2014 first-team All-Pac-12 kicker, he made honorable mention last year and was a CBS.com second-team All-American. He made 23-of-27 field goal attempts (85.2%) in 2015 with all four misses from 45 yards and out. Phillips was the only kicker ranked in the nation's top 10 in made field goals (he tied for seventh with 23) that was perfect inside the 40 (15-of-15).

The Lou Groza Award watch list consists of 30 players. The winner will be revealed at the Home Depot College Football Awards Show in December.

Earlier this week, Ute defensive linemen Lowell Lotulelei and Kylie Fitts were named to the Bednarik Award Watch List.