Texas senior Anthony Fera became the first player in school history to be named a Lou Groza Award finalist on Monday.
Fera transferred from Penn State following the Jerry Sandusky scandal and battled through a groin injury during his first season at Texas last year, making only two of four field goal attempts and hitting 23 of 25 extra-point tries.
But Fera has become one of the most reliable kickers in the country this year, connecting on 17 of his 18 field goal attempts. He is also 38-for-39 on extra points so far this season, his only miss being an extra point attempt that was blocked in Texas' win over Oklahoma.
"Anthony Fera is having a terrific year and we're thrilled that he's been named a finalist for the Lou Groza Award," Texas head coach Mack Brown said. "He's been a critical part of our success this season, not only as one of the steadiest and most reliable field goal kickers in the nation but also as a punter. He's come up huge for us on special teams all season long."
Fera, who has knocked his last 13 field goal attempts through the uprights, has hit 94.4 percent of his field goal tries this year, putting him on pace to set a new school record. Jeff Ward went 15-for-16 (93.8 percent) in 1983.
He is also averaging 41.7 yards per punt this season, with 23 of his 52 punts being downed inside the 20-yard line.
Florida State's Robert Aguayo and South Florida's Marvin Kloss are the other two Groza Award finalists. The winner will be announced Dec. 12.