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Alumni corner: Longmont grad Cooper Rothe a Lou Groza finalist

Longmont High graduate and current Wyoming placekicker Cooper Rothe has been named as a finalist for the 2018 Lou Groza Award, which will be handed out at the Home Depot College Football Awards Show on Dec. 6.

The Palm Beach County Sports Commission assembled the list of kickers from which the finalists were picked, and Rothe was given the nod after converting on 15 of 16 field goal attempts so far this year, including a 51-yarder, to put himself second in the nation in field goal accuracy among qualified FBS kickers. Over the past two seasons, Rothe has converted 88.2 percent of his attempts, also second among qualified FBS players.

This year, fans can have their part in naming the winner of the Lou Groza Award. Fans can visit and cast a vote for their favorite of the three finalists selected by the national panel of voters. The finalist who receives the greatest total of fan votes will be given one vote on the final ballot.

Andre Szmyt of Syracuse and Cole Tracy of LSU will also vie for the honor.

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