BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Standout Indiana kicker Charles Campbell has been named to the Lou Groza Award Watch List, the school announced Wednesday. The Indiana junior was one of 30 kickers across the country placed on the list by the Palm Beach County Sports Commission, which presents the award.
Campbell, a junior who's a Jackson, Tenn., native, was outstanding in 2020 for the Hoosiers, making 10 of 11 field goals – which ranked ninth nationally in field goal percentage – and all 25 of his extra-point attempts. He received several conference and national honors during the season.
Campbell was also an Academic All-Big Ten selection as well. He made a 53-yard field goal in the Outback Bowl in Tampa, Fla., to set a school and bowl game record. His only miss all season came from 41 yards out in Indiana's 24-0 blowout win on the road at Michigan State.
Here is the official release from the school:
CAMPBELL NAMED TO LOU GROZA AWARD WATCH LIST
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana redshirt junior kicker is one of 30 players on the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award Watch List, the Palm Beach County Sports Commission announced on Wednesday morning.
Campbell earned first-team All-Big Ten honors from Phil Steele in 2020 and was named IU's Most Outstanding Specialist. He carded Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week honors and was a Groza Star of the Week following his three field goal performance in the Rutgers win.
The Jackson, Tenn., native connected on 10-of-11 field goals (90.9 percent) and all 25 extra-point attempts. Campbell led the conference in field goal percentage (T-9th nationally), finished third in field goals made and scoring per game among kickers (6.9), tied for third in field goals made per game (1.3, T-28th), finished fourth in PATs made, and tied for sixth in scoring per game among all players.
He made all three of his attempts from 50-plus yards to become the second Hoosier to record three 50-yarders in one season (Pete Stoyanovich, 1988). Campbell is one of four Indiana kickers with three 50-yarders in his career (Stoyanovich, 6; Frank Stavroff, 3; Griffin Oakes, 3).
An Academic All-Big Ten selection, he became the second Hoosier (Chris Gartner at Kentucky – Sept. 30, 1972) with a pair of 50-yarders in a single game with makes from 50 and 53 yards in the Outback Bowl vs. Ole Miss. The 53-yarder set an IU and Outback Bowl record and shares third in school history.
While the Watch List highlights 30 of the best returning kickers in the country, the Groza Committee will be watching all FBS kickers throughout the season, and releasing a weekly "Stars of the Week" feature on www.lougrozaaward.com. All FBS kickers remain eligible to be selected as semifinalists.
Accomplishments are tabulated throughout the season and the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award will announce its 20 semifinalists on Thursday, November 4th. From this list, a panel of more than 100 FBS head coaches, SIDs, media members, former Groza finalists, and current NFL kickers selects the top three finalists for the award, announced on Tuesday, November 23rd. That same group then selects the national winner, who will be announced on Thursday, December 9th during the Home Depot College Football Awards on ESPN.
The 30th Annual Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award, presented by the Orange Bowl Committee, recognizes the three finalists during a celebration in Palm Beach County, culminating with a gala awards banquet at West Palm Beach's Kravis Center for the Performing Arts on Dec. 6.
The Award is named for National Football League Hall of Fame kicker Lou "The Toe" Groza, who played 21 seasons with the Cleveland Browns. Groza won four NFL championships with Cleveland and was named NFL Player of the Year in 1954. Although an All-Pro offensive lineman as well, Groza ushered in the notion that there should be a place on an NFL roster for a kicker.
For more information on the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award and to see the "Stars of the Week" throughout the season, please go to www.lougrozaaward.com. For even more updates on the best kicking performances throughout the season, follow @LouGrozaAward on Twitter.
National College Football Awards Association
The Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA), which encompasses the most prestigious awards in college football. Founded in 1997, the NCFAA and its 25 awards now boast over 800 recipients, dating to 1935. Visit NCFAA.org and @NCFAA on Twitter to learn more about the association.
The members of the NCFAA are unveiling preseason watch lists over a 10-day period this month. Fourteen of the association's 25 awards will present their preseason watch list during this time as the NCFAA has spearheaded a coordinated effort to promote each award's preseason candidates.
About the Palm Beach County Sports Commission
The Palm Beach County Sports Commission is a private, not-for-profit organization contracted by Palm Beach County to promote and market the County as a sports and sports tourism destination. The Commission brings sporting events and activities to the County, enhances economic impact, stimulates bed tax revenues (primarily in the off-season), and maximizes utilization of County facilities. The Commission offers a full range of event service support, corporate partnerships, sponsorships, and a local membership program that support its goals. Local, regional, national, and international marketing efforts are ongoing by the Commission with sports organizations and event owners. The Commission also produces sports-related programs for the residents of Palm Beach County including the annual Lou Groza Award program, the Palm Beach County Sports Hall of Fame, the Kids Fitness Festival of the Palm Beaches, and the annual Holiday Basketball Classic of the Palm Beaches. For more information on the Palm Beach County Sports Commission, go to www.palmbeachsports.com.
Indiana Football 2021 Preseason Watch Lists
- Dodd Trophy (top coach)– Tom Allen
- Maxwell Award (top offensive player) – Ty Fryfogle, Michael Penix Jr.
- Bednarik Award (top defensive player) – Micah McFadden, Tiawan Mullen
- Davey O'Brien Award (top quarterback – Michael Penix Jr.
- Doak Walker Award (top running back) – Stephen Carr
- Biletnikoff Award (top receiver) – Ty Fryfogle
- John Mackey Award (top tight end – Peyton Hendershot
- Bronco Nagurski Award (top defensive player) – Micah McFadden, Tiawan Mullen
- Outland Trophy (top interior lineman): Matthew Bedford
- Lou Groza Award (top kicker): Charles Campbell
- Big Ten Top 10 Preseason Honors – Michael Penix Jr.