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Cal Kicker Matt Anderson Named to Lou Groza Watch List

Junior Matt Anderson named to the watch list for the 25th Annual Lou Groza Award. This award honors the top place-kicker in college football.

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Matt Anderson was named on the watchlist alongside 29 other kickers who will be playing next year. He is also one of the 5 Pac-12 kickers named to this honor. Other Pac-12 kickers represent: Arizona State, Oregon, Utah, and Washington.


Anderson took over as Cal's starting kicker as a 2015 sophomore and responded by leading the team in scoring with 104 points to tie for the third-most in school history, making 18-of-21 field goal attempts to rank tied for third in the Pac-12 and tied for 10th nationally in field goal percentage (85.7%) while connecting on 50-of-52 PAT tries.

He finished the season on a tear by making each of his last 10 field goal attempts and 15 of his final 16. Anderson was also a first-team Pac-12 All-Academic choice as a sophomore and has earned the Golden Bear Achievement Award from the school's Athletic Study Center at the Student-Athlete Academic Honors Luncheon for being the Cal football player with the highest cumulative GPA for each of his first three seasons at Cal from 2013-15.

Matt Anderson is the first Cal kicker to be placed on the watchlist since Vincenzo D'Amato in 2013 who was the semi-finalist for the award in 2013.