The Atlantic Coast Conference had six of its place-kickers selected among the 20 semifinalists announced Tuesday for the prestigious Lou Groza Award presented by the FedEx Orange Bowl. The semifinalists for the Groza Award, which is given annually to the nation's top place-kicker in the NCAA Bowl Subdivision, were announced by the Palm Beach Sports Institute and Sports Commission. No other conference had more than four honorees.
Those honored from the ACC include, in alphabetical order by name include: Connor Barth, North Carolina; Travis Bell, Georgia Tech; Gary Cismesia, Florida State; Jud Dunlevy, Virginia Tech; Steven Hauschka, NC State; and Sam Swank, Wake Forest.
Duke senior fullback Tielor Robinson will play for the Blue Devils in 2008. A broken leg derailed his 2007 season after the third game and the NCAA approved Duke's request for a medical hardship waiver.
Virginia coach Al Groh confirmed that tailback Cedric Peerman, who has missed the last four games with an injured right foot, likely will need surgery and will not return for the No. 19 Cavaliers' last two games.Peerman had an ACC-best 585 yards and five touchdowns before getting injured in Virginia's 23-21 win over Middle Tennessee State on Oct. 6.