Vanderbilt senior Tommy Openshaw has been named as a preseason candidate for the Lou Groza Award.
Openshaw, a three-year starter from Jacksonville, Fla., is among 30 kickers nationally nominated for the Groza Award, given annually to the nation's top collegiate kicker.
Openshaw, who made 15-of-19 field goals attempts in 2016, is the first Commodore kicker named to the Groza Award preseason watch list since Carey Spear was nominated in 2013.
Openshaw is closing in on numerous Vanderbilt career kicking records. He is 13 field goals shy of breaking John Markham's career total of 47 field goals set from 1997-2000, and needs 80 points to accumulate the most points ever by a Commodore kicker.
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In 2016, Openshaw was 11-of-12 on field goal attempts inside 40 yards and converted on four field goals of 47 yards or longer. He also is one of six kickers returning this year that made two field goals beyond 50 yards last year. For his career, Openshaw is 35-of-49 on field goals and 70-of-70 on extra point attempts.
Openshaw is a three-time Southeastern Academic Honor Roll recipient. He also has been nominated for the 2017 Allstate American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) national Good Works Team and 2017 Wuerffel Trophy because of his involvement in numerous community service efforts.