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Badgley named semifinalist for Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award

Hurricanes kicker 1 of 3 returning semifinalists from 2016

Miami Hurricanes senior Michael Badgley prepares to kick a field goal against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on Oct. 14, 2017 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. Badgley kicked four field goals, including the game winner.
Miami Hurricanes senior Michael Badgley prepares to kick a field goal against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on Oct. 14, 2017 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. Badgley kicked four field goals, including the game winner.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Miami senior Michael Badgley is a semifinalist for the 2017 Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award.

The Palm Beach County Sports Commission announced the semifinalists Thursday for the award given to the nation's top college kicker.

Badgley is one field goal away from tying the school's all-time record of 73. He has connected on 12 of 14 field-goal attempts and is a perfect 26-for-26 on extra-point attempts.

He also ranks third in the Atlantic Coast Conference in field-goal percentage (85.7) and second in the ACC in field goals per game.

Badgley's game-winning 24-yard field goal with four seconds remaining against Georgia Tech last month helped the Hurricanes remain undefeated.

If he were to win, Badgley would be the first Miami player to ever take home the award.

Badgley joins Auburn senior Daniel Carlson and Syracuse senior Cole Murphy as the only returning semifinalists from 2016.

The three finalists will be announced Nov. 21. The award will be presented Dec. 7.