Cantele Earns Spot on Groza Award Watch List

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State junior place kicker Jack Cantele was one of 30 players nationally and one of four from the Big 12 to be named to the Lou Groza Award watch list, the Palm Beach County Sports Commission announced Wednesday.

Cantele’s honor marks the eighth time a Wildcat place kicker has been mentioned for the award and the first since his older brother, Anthony, was a semifinalist in 2012. Martin Gramatica won the award in 1997 and was a runner-up in 1998. Jamie Rheem was a two-time runner-up in 1999 and 2000, while his younger brother, Joe, was a semifinalist in 2004. Brooks Rossman was also a candidate in 2007.

A former walk-on, Cantele was true on 11-of-13 field goals in 2013, including a 4-for-6 mark on attempts from at least 40 yards, while he was 40-of-41 on extra-point attempts. His 73 points last season ranked second in school history among sophomores, while his field goal percentage of 84.6-percent ranked fifth overall.

Cantele, a product of Wichita, Kansas, connected on all four field goal attempts against TCU, including the game-winner with three seconds remaining in a 33-31 victory. It was K-State’s first game-winning field goal with under a minute left in regulation since 1980 as he went on to earn Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week accolades.

Twenty semifinalists for the 2014 Lou Groza Award will be announced on Thursday, November 6, while three finalists will be chosen on Monday, November 24. The winner of the award will be announced Thursday, December 11, during the Home Depot College Football Awards Show on ESPN.

Kansas State opens the 2014 campaign against Stephen F. Austin on Saturday, August 30, a contest that serves as the sixth annual K-State Family Reunion. The game, which kicks off at 6:10 p.m., will be shown world-wide on K-StateHD.TV.

Season tickets for the 2014 season are sold out, and only a small number of scattered singles remain for the Texas Tech (Oct. 4), Texas (Oct. 25) and Oklahoma State (Nov. 1) contests. Standing-room only tickets are available for games against Stephen F. Austin, UTEP, Texas, Oklahoma State and Kansas.

Visiting teams will also have opportunities to return unused tickets up to a month prior to their visit. Stay tuned to for information regarding returned ticket availability. All returned tickets will be sold at the full public rate and season ticket wait list accounts will have first opportunity to purchase. Fans can now join the 2015 waiting list online or by contacting the K-State Athletics Ticket Office at 1-800-221-CATS or by visiting