Barnes named to Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award watch list

Louisiana Tech’s Jacob Barnes has been named to the 2021 Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award watch list.

Barnes, a native of Baton Rouge, was a 2020 Lou Groza National Collegiate Place-Kicker Award Semifinalist. The redshirt freshman kicker/punter was named an all-Conference USA honorable mention and was second team all-Louisiana in 2020. He appeared in all 10 games for the Bulldogs in 2020 and was a perfect 33-for-33 in PATS, including a career-best 9-for-9 against Houston Baptist on Nov. 26.

Barnes opened the 2020 season with eight straight made field goals, including a career-long 51-yarder against HBU. He finished the season 12-for-14 in field goals, including the game-winning 35-yarder in double overtime against UAB on Oct. 31.

While the watch list highlights 30 of the best returning kickers in the country, the Groza Committee will be watching all FBS kickers throughout the season, and releasing a weekly “Stars of the Week” feature.

The 30th Annual Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award, presented by the Orange Bowl Committee, recognizes the three finalists during a celebration in Palm Beach County, culminating with a gala awards banquet at West Palm Beach’s Kravis Center for the Performing Arts on Dec. 6.

The Award is named for Pro Football Hall of Fame kicker Lou “The Toe” Groza, who played 21 seasons with the Cleveland Browns. Groza won four NFL championships with Cleveland and was named NFL Player of the Year in 1954. Although an All-Pro offensive lineman as well, Groza ushered in the notion that there should be a place on an NFL roster for a kicker.

The 2021 Louisiana Tech football season is almost here and fans will now have the chance to purchase a three-game mini plan package to enjoy LA Tech football within the confines of Joe Aillet Stadium.

The three-game mini plan will allow fans to select any three LA Tech home football games for as low as $50. East general admission tickets will be priced at $50, east reserved seating at $60 and west reserved seating at $90 in the three-game package.

Fans can save up to $25 with the three-game mini plan when compared to purchasing tickets for the games individually.

Fans can purchase the three-game mini plan by calling the Tech Ticket Office at (318) 257-3631.

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