Joey Slye named to Lou Groza Award watchlist

Tim Sullivan, Editor
Hokie Haven

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It should come as no surprise after he was a semifinalist for the Award last year, but Virginia Tech senior Joey Slye is in the running for the Lou Groza Award again in 2017. Given annually to the nation's top kicker by the Palm Beach Sports Commission, the Groza has never been won by a Hokie.

Slye could be a solid bet to change that, though. He made 20/27 field goals (74.1%) and was nearly perfect from inside 40. The weakness is his game is kicking from distance: while Slye has plenty of leg to hit longer attempts, his accuracy side-to-side wanes the longer the attempt is. That hasn't always been an issue: though he was 1/7 from 40 yards and longer last year, he's actually 18/28 for his career between 40 and 49 yards.

Slye was 58/59 on extra points last year, with the lone miss a blocked attempt. He also served as the Hokies' primary kickoff specialist, with 73 touchbacks in 93 kicks.

Slye is a former walk-on from North Stafford (Va.) High School, and has started each of his three years in a Hokie uniform.

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