Tyler Bitancurt hit 13 of his 15 field goal attempts a year ago to earn a spot on this year's watch list. He was selected as the first team all-Big East placekicker in 2009.
Bitancurt faces a crowded field of contestants. Among the 30 on the list are nine 2008 semi-finalists from a year ago.
More than three hundred media representatives, coaches, past recipients, conference and university officials make up the voting panel which selects the recipient of the Lou Groza Collegiate Place Kicking Award. The Award will be presented on Dec. 10, 2009, as part of the ESPN Home Depot College Football Awards program. The three finalists will be honored at the 18th annual Lou Groza Award Banquet to be held at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach, Florida on Tuesday Dec. 8.