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OSU football: Matt Ammendola named semifinalist for Groza Award

STILLWATER — Oklahoma State kicker Matt Ammendola is one of 20 national semifinalists for the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award, it was announced Thursday.

Ammendola is one of nine players in college football who has made more than 10 field goals while converting at a 90 percent rate or better, as he is 14-for-15 on field goal attempts this season. Going back to last season, he has made 17 of his past 18 field goal attempts.

It is the first time that Ammendola, a senior who began his career as a walk-on, has been named a semifinalist for the award. Oklahoma State kicker Dan Bailey won the award in 2010.

Three finalists will be announced Nov. 25 and the winner will be presented the award live on ESPN’s Home Depot College Football Awards Show Dec. 12.

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Oklahoma State's Matt Ammendola (49) kicks a 43-yard field goal as Jake McClure (39) holds in the fourth quarter during the college football game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys and the TCU Horned Frogs at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla.,  Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]

Oklahoma State's Matt Ammendola (49) kicks a 43-yard field goal as Jake McClure (39) holds in the fourth quarter during the college football game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys and the TCU Horned Frogs at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019. [Sarah...

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Scott Wright

A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and... Read more ›

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