For the second straight season, Indiana kicker, Mitch Ewald, has been placed on the Watch List for the Lou Groza Award, given to the nation’s top kicker at season’s end. He joins Indiana TE Ted Bolser and Indiana C Will Matte on the Watch List for national awards at their respective positions.
Ewald is only entering his junior year at Indiana, but his brief time in Bloomington has yielded record book type success. In two seasons as the starting placekicker, Ewald hasn’t missed an extra point, going 63 for 63 (knock on wood). His 63 successful point after attempts puts him 9th all-time among Indiana kickers. He is also 29 of 35 on field goal attempts, making him the Hoosiers’ all-time leader in field goal percentage at 82.9%. His 29 total field goals ranks him 7th in Indiana history.
Money Mitch has captured the attention of the nation with his icy veins and high percentage kicking. He currently ranks 7th among active NCAA kickers in field goal percentage. Part of a program that has had many moving parts, Ewald has been a stalwart since he stepped foot on campus. He rose to the occasion as a freshman and hasn’t looked back. Hopefully the Hoosiers’ offense will run more efficiently this season, giving Mitch the opportunity to knock a bunch through the uprights.
A list of 20 Groza semifinalists will be released by the voting committee on November 5th. On November 19th, the list will be narrowed down to just three finalists. Finally, the Lou Groza Award winner will be announced on December 6th.