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Logan Justus named to Lou Groza Award watch list

In his second season as IU’s kicker the senior will be one of the better returning place-kickers in the nation

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: NOV 10 Maryland at Indiana
 Logan Justus lines up an extra point during the Big Ten conference college football game between the Maryland Terrapins and the Indiana Hoosiers on November 10, 2018, at Memorial Stadium in Bloomington, Indiana.
Photo by Michael Allio/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

On Wednesday the Palm Beach County Sports Commission announced the 2019 preseason watch list for the Lou Groza Award, which included IU kicker Logan Justus. The award is given annually to college football’s most outstanding placekicker.

The senior is one of 30 players on the list, which includes just two representatives from the Big Ten—Justus and Michigan State’s Matt Coghlin. Justus finished as a semifinalist for the award last year in his first season as IU’s kicker.

In 2018 Justus made 15 of the 18 field goals that he attempted as well as 32 of 33 extra-point attempts. He made every field goal attempt from inside of 40 yards, made four of six attempts between 40 and 49 yards, and missed his only attempt from outside of 50 yards. At the end of the season he received multiple All-Big Ten honors and was named IU’s Most Outstanding Specialist.

The biggest moment of the season for Justus came when he hit a late field goal to help lift the Hoosiers over Maryland. The kick also helped him take home Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week honors for the first time in his career.