Four players from state colleges, including three kickers, have been named to various football awards watch lists.
Placekickers Colby Delahoussaye of LSU and Kyle Fischer of Louisiana Tech were named to the Lou Groza Award list. Punter Justin Manton of ULM was named to the Ray Guy Award list.
LSU center Elliott Porter was named to the Rimington Trophy list. The award goes to the nation’s top center.
Last season, Delahoussaye set the LSU record for successful field goals to open a career with nine straight, breaking the previous mark of seven held by David Browndyke in 1986.
He made an instant impact in his first game for the Tigers as he nailed all three field goal attempts in LSU’s 37-27 victory over TCU in the 2013 season opener.
A native of New Iberia, Delahoussaye finished the 2013 season 13-of-14 in field goals, including a season-long 49 yarder at Georgia, and 56-of-57 in point-after touchdowns.
Fischer set a Louisiana Tech record with five successful field goals in a game last October at FIU. As a redshirt freshman last season he connected on 18-of-23 field goal attempts, including hitting 4-of-6 attempts from 40 yards and beyond.
Last December, Fischer was named to the Conference USA All-Freshman Team. He is the only Conference USA place-kicker on the 2014 Lou Groza Award list.
A native of Waggaman, La. Porter started 12 games last season at center and helped anchor an offensive line that paved the way for a single-season school record with 37 rushing touchdowns.
LSU also became the first team in Southeastern Conference history to produce two 1,000-yard receivers (Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry) and a 1,000-yard rusher (Jeremy Hill) in the same season.
Manton earned first-team All-Sun Belt and All-Louisiana honors last season. He finished the season at the top of the conference and fourth nationally with a 45.8 yard per punt average.
— Staff Reports