WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — University of Colorado senior PK Will Oliver was one of 30 kickers in the nation named to the 2014 Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award Watch List, announced Wednesday by the Palm Beach County Sports Commission.
The senior from Los Angeles has kicked for the Buffaloes since his freshman season and enters his final campaign ranked eighth in scoring, including fourth in kick scoring, with 189 points, and also ranks fourth in both field goals (34) and field goals attempted (48).
He earned honorable mention All-Pac-12 honors last year and was one of 20 semifinalists for the award when he hit 17-of-24 field goals and all 30 of his PATs, becoming just the second player in CU history alongside Mason Crosby to advance to the semifinal stage. He ranked third in the Pac-12 and 25th nationally making 1.42 field goals per game and was one of just 20 kickers nationwide to hit multiple field goals from 50-plus yards.
A Lou Groza Award National Star of the Week after the Colorado State game in which he scored 15 points, hitting 4-of-4 field goals (21, 41, 44 and 52 yards) and made all three of his PAT attempts to go with two touchbacks on kickoffs, he was also a three-time College Football Performance Award weekly winner. He earned the CPA award for the CSU game as well as the Oregon game (10 points, 3-of-3 field goals, 1-of-1 PAT, 2 touchbacks) and the Arizona game (8 points, 2-of-3 field goals including career long 53-yarder, 2-of-2 PATs, four touchbacks on five kickoffs).
He has hit 60 consecutive PATs and needs seven more for the CU record. He hasn’t missed a PAT since the final game of his freshman season and is the first player in school history not to miss a PAT in multiple seasons.
Also an excellent student, he maintains well above a 3.5 GPA majoring in Business-Management and earned Pac-12 All-Academic Team honors and was named to CU’s 4.0 Club in 2013.