Texas Tech senior Ryan Bustin is one of 30 kickers in the country that have been named to the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award Watch List.
Bustin, who became the first Red Raider in school history to be named a semifinalist for the award a year ago, had a breakthrough season as a junior. He broke the school record for field goals made (23), field goals attempted (27), field goal percentage (.852) and points scored in a season by a kicker (121).
Bustin has set a school record for field goals made in a two-year career (40), while he ended last season ranking third nationally among active players in career field goals made per game (1.54). This season marks the first time a Tech kicker has landed on the Lou Groza Award Preseason Watch List since 2006 when Alex Trlica was recognized.
The 23rd Annual Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award, presented by the Orange Bowl Committee, recognizes the three finalists Nov. 24 and selects the winner Dec. 9.