Barth, a native of Wilmington, N.C., earned honorable-mention All-ACC honors last season as a true freshman. He connected on 14 of 18 field goals and made 35 of 37 extra point attempts to lead the Tar Heels in scoring.
Last year, Barth booted a 42-yard field goal as time expired to defeat No. 4 Miami, 31-28. He also set a Carolina freshman record with a 50-yard field in a 30-24 win over NC State.
The Preseason Watch List is comprised of the top 30 preliminary candidates for the 14th annual Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award, presented by the FedEx Orange Bowl. The award is presented during a ceremony on Tuesday, December 6, 2005, at the Palm Beach Gardens Marriott.
Kickers on the Lou Groza Award Preseason Watch List were chosen based on statistics from the 2004 season and 2005 preseason expectations. However, all Division I-A kickers are eligible for consideration for the award.
A panel of over 300 experts vote on the award, including Division I-A head coaches, sports writers and sportscasters, conference representatives, professional kickers and all previous Groza Award finalists.
The 20 semi-finalists for the Lou Groza Award are announced on Monday, October 31, 2005, followed with the naming of the three finalists two weeks later on Monday, November 14, 2005.
The award, now in its 14th year, is named for National Football League (NFL) Hall-of-Fame kicker Lou 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. Nicknamed "The Toe," Groza was one of the first people to truly make kicking an art form, and he helped usher in to football the idea that a player could be used exclusively for kicking.
For more information regarding the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award, please go to www.lougrozaaward.com.
2005 Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award Preseason Watch List ...
LAST NAME, FIRST NAME - SCHOOL, YEAR
Ainsworth, Jesse - Arizona State University, Jr.
Vaughn, John - Auburn University, Jr.
Medlock, Justin - University of California, Los Angeles, Jr.
Crosby, Mason - University of Colorado, Jr.
Nuzie, Matt - University of Connecticut, Jr.
Wellock, Andrew - Eastern Michigan University, Jr.
Bell, Travis - Georgia Tech, So.
Schlicher, Kyle - University of Iowa, Jr.
Comiskey, Sean -University of Louisiana Lafayette, Sr.
Horwedel, Danny - Louisiana Tech University, So.
Carmody, Arthur - University of Louisville, So.
Gostkowski, Stephen - University of Memphis, Sr.
Peattie, Jon - University of Miami, Jr.
Rivas, Garrett - University of Michigan, Jr.
Smith, Colby - Middle Tennessee State University, Jr.
Barth, Connor - University of North Carolina, So.
Bazaldua, Nick - University of North Texas, Sr.
Fitzpatrick, D.J. - University of Notre Dame, Sr.
Serna, Alexis - Oregon State University, So.
Cummings, Josh - University of Pittsburgh, Sr.
Jones, Ben - Purdue University, Sr.
Brown, Josh - University of South Carolina, Sr.
McCaleb, Darren - University of Southern Mississippi, Jr.
Wilhoit, James - University of Tennessee, Jr.
Pino, David - University of Texas, Sr.
Pegram, Todd - Texas A&M University, Sr.
Schneider, Reagan - University of Texas at El Paso, Jr.
Hughes, Connor - University of Virginia, Sr.
Pace, Brandon - Virginia Tech, Jr.
Yaussi, Deric - University of Wyoming, Sr.