A host of Nittany Lions have received preseason honors for being the best among their position, with Jake Pinegar joining in on the fun today. Pinegar was one of the 30 players placed on the Lou Groza Award watch list, which will be given to the nation’s top kicker.
Pinegar enters his junior season after two years as Penn State’s starting kicker. He missed just one field goal in 2019, finishing 11 of 12 on attempts while converting 56 of 58 extra point attempts. His long for the season came on a 47-yarder against Indiana. He was named All-Big Ten Honorable mention by both coaches and media for his efforts.
As a freshman, Pinegar set the Penn State freshman scoring record with 101 points on the season.
The award is named after Lou “The Toe” Groza, a placekicker who also played offensive tackle during a 21-year career with the Cleveland Browns. Groza was named 1954 NFL MVP, and helped the Browns win four NFL Championships, long before the franchise became nothing more than a constant source of aggravation for its dedicated fan base, who are mostly nice people and frankly, do not deserve any of this.
Congratulations to Jake, who joins teammates Micah Parsons, Sean Clifford, Shaka Toney, Journey Brown, Noah Cain, Pat Freiermuth and Lamont Wade on preseason award watch lists.