Kansas State senior and Wichita native Anthony Cantele is one of 20 players nationally to be named a semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award as the nation’s top place kicker, the Palm Beach Sports Commission announced Monday.
Cantele was one of four kickers from the Big 12 on the list, while he picked up the sixth semifinalist selection in school history. Martin Gramatica was the 1997 winner and 1998 runner-up, while Jamie Rheem was a two-time runner-up (1999 and 2000) and Joe Rheem was a semifinalist in 2004.
A product of Wichita, Kan., Cantele has made 14-of-16 field goals this year with a long of 42 yards at No. 13 West Virginia. He ranks second in the Big 12 in field-goal percentage at 87.5 percent, while he is third in the league with 1.56 field goals per game and fifth in the conference with 10.3 points per game.
Cantele, who is one of only eight kickers in the nation to be true on every field goal away from home, leads the nation with 51 extra-points made, while he ranks 13th nationally with 30 touchbacks on 75 kickoffs.
Cantele’s 32 career field goals rank sixth in school history, while his 105 career extra points are fourth and his 207 career points are seventh.
Second-ranked K-State travels to Fort Worth, Texas, Saturday to take on TCU in a 6 p.m., contest at Amon G. Carter Stadium. The game will be televised nationally by FOX, while coverage from the K-State Sports Network begins at 4 p.m.