Lou Groza Award Watch List Adds Joey Slye

BLACKSBURG, VA - OCTOBER 20: Kicker Joey Slye
BLACKSBURG, VA - OCTOBER 20: Kicker Joey Slye /

Virginia Tech senior kicker Joey Slye has been named to the Lou Groza Award watch list. The award is given annually to the top collegiate place-kicker in the country.

Slye has been productive player for the Hokies throughout his time in Blacksburg. He currently ranks third on Virginia Tech’s all-time scoring list with 321 points. Running back Lee Suggs and kicker Shayne Graham are the only players ahead of him.

Graham’s Tech record of 68 career field goals will fall this year as Slye sits just five made kicks short of the mark.

Slye is 43-of-58 on field goals in his career and 99-of-101 on extra points. Last season, he led the nation with 73 touchbacks and scored 118 points. He tied a conference record against Pittsburgh when he made six field goals. Slye also scored 21 points in that game, which is a the most ever by a Tech kicker.

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His performance in 2016-17 earned him first-team All-ACC honors.

The 2017 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® has also nominated Slye for consideration. The team annually honors players for their exceptional community service achievements and commitment to giving back.

Slye has been working with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society since his brother died of Leukemia in 2014.

Six kickers from the ACC were named to the Lou Groza Award watch list in 2017. The six kickers on the list out of the 30 total is the most of any conference.

Slye is one of only three active kickers in the country who have been named to the watch list twice over the course of their careers.