Andy Phillips was a semifinalist for the Lou Groza award last season as a freshman.
July 9, 2014
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Utah kicker Andy Phillips has been named to the 30-player watch list for the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award while punter Tom Hackett is one of 25 candidates for the Ray Guy Award, honoring the nation's top collegiate punter. Phillips was a semifinalist for the Lou Groza award last season as a freshman.
A third-team Freshman All-American (as selected by Athlon Sports) and honorable mention All-Pac-12 selection, Phillips went 17-of-20 in field goals during the season, including 9-for-11 from 40+ yards. He tied for second in the Pac-12 in field goal percentage (85%) and tied for third in the conference in field goals made. Phillips also led the Pac-12 in PATs, going 41-for-41.
Hackett earned first-team all-Pac-12 honors last season. He led the Pac-12 in punt yards (3,300), average (43.4), punts inside the 20 (27, tie), 50+ yard punts (19) and long punt (70, tie). His 3,300 punt yards also set the school record for punt yards in a season. In his career, Hackett has placed 42% of his punts inside the 20 (42-of 101), including 18 inside the 10-yard line and 10 inside the 5-yard line.
Phillips and Hackett join Dres Anderson as Utes on preseason award watch lists. Anderson was named to the Maxwell Award watch list earlier this week.
Both the Lou Groza and Ray Guy awards will be narrowed down to three finalists on Nov. 24 with the recipients announced on Dec. 11 during the Home Depot College Football Awards ceremony.