Romaine has developed into one of the best kickers in the Pac-12 Conference and was an all-conference honorable mention selection in 2012. He was a 2013 Phil Steele and Athlon Sports Pac-12 Preseason First Team selection and has connected on 12 consecutive field goals entering the season. In 2012, Romaine was the most accurate kicker in the conference hitting 16 out of 18 field goals and was named Pac-12 Special Teams Player of the Week after a three field goal performance at Stanford.
Kostol won the open punting job in 2012 and quickly established himself as one of the top punters in the Pac-12. His leg strength and impressive directional punting skills earned him a scholarship beginning in the fall. In 2012, Kostol booted a season-best 67-yard punt at Stanford. On the season, he placed the ball inside the opponents’ 20-yard line 24 times and earned Special Teams Player of the Week following the Beavers’ win at UCLA after pinning the Bruins inside their own 20 with four of his seven punts on the afternoon.
The Lou Groza Award is named for National Football League Hall of Fame kicker Lou “The Toe” Groza, who played 21 seasons with the Cleveland Browns. Groza won four NFL championships with Cleveland and was named NFL Player of the Year in 1954. Although an All-Pro offensive lineman as well, Groza ushered in the notion that there should be a place on an NFL roster for a kicker.
The Augusta Sports Council created the Ray Guy Award in 2000 to honor Thomson, Ga. Native and College Football Hall of Fame inductee, Ray Guy.
The winners of both awards will be announced live during The Home Depot College Football Awards airing on ESPN on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013.
Romaine and Kostol join defensive end Scott Crichton (Cry-ton), wide receiver Brandin Cooks and center Isaac Seumalo on the preseason awards watch lists for the Beavers. Crichton is a candidate for the Bednarik Award, which is presented to the nation’s top defensive player, and is a candidate for the Lott Trophy as well as being named a preseason All-American by several organizations. Cooks is on the Maxwell Award watch list, which includes players considered as the best in the nation as well as joining Crichton on several preseason All-America teams. Seumalo is on the Rimington Award watch list, which is given annually to the nation’s top center.
Season tickets remain available online at BeaverTickets.com, by calling 1-800-GO-BEAVS and in person at the OSU Ticket Office in room 107 of Gill coliseum. The Beavers open the season Saturday, Aug. 31 when they host Eastern Washington at Reser Stadium.