Aug. 7, 2003
PULLMAN, Wash. --- Washington State's Drew Dunning has been named to the 2003 Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award Preseason Watch List.
Dunning, a senior from Issaquah, Wash., is a candidate for the prestigious honor for the third time in his career. As a sophomore in 2001, Dunning was one of 20 semifinalists and was also a member of award's preseason watch list in 2002.
"This is a tremendous honor. It's nice to be recognized, but I'm not putting any pressure on myself to go out and win individual awards. My hope is to go out and help Washington State win football games," Dunning said. "If I can do that, the awards will take care of themselves."
The award, now in its 12th year, is named for NFL Hall of Fame kicker Lou Groza, who played 21 seasons with the Cleveland Browns. Groza won four NFL titles with the Browns and was named NFL Player of the Year in 1954.
Entering his final campaign with the Cougars, Dunning is fourth on WSU's career list for points with 220. He is 108 points shy of Jason Hanson's record of 328.
"I would love to go out and match or improve upon the numbers I have put up the last two years," Dunning said. "If I can do that, it means that our offense is moving the ball well and that is a positive thing for this team and this program."
Dunning has connected on 41 of 57 field goals since breaking into the lineup in 2000, and 97 of 103 extra points. The third-year starter and first team All-Pac-10 selection in 2001 set a single-season scoring record during WSU's run to the Rose Bowl in 2002 with 113.
Washington State opens the 2003 season under new Head Coach Bill Doba Aug. 30 in Seattle against Idaho.