LOGAN, Utah – Utah State junior placekicker Dominik Eberle has been named to the Lou Groza Collegiate Placekicker Award watch list for the 2018 season.
Eberle is one of 30 players on the preseason watch list, joining defending Lou Groza winner in Utah senior Matt Gay. Additionally, he is one of five Mountain West players to make the list, along with John Baron II (San Diego State), Wyatt Bryan (Colorado State), Bryce Crawford (San José State) and Evan Pantels (UNLV).
The Lou Groza Award watch list is the fourth preseason honor for Eberle heading into the 2018 campaign. He was also added to the Preseason all-Mountain West team and is also a preseason second-team All-American and first-team All-Mountain West selection by Athlon Sports.
Along with being a Lou Groza Award finalist last season, Eberle, a 6-2, 190-pounder from Nuremberg, Germany (Redondo Union (Calif.) HS), earned third-team All-America honors from Phil Steele’s Magazine and honorable mention All-America honors from SB Nation as he served as the team’s placekicker in all 13 games as a sophomore. He also garnered first-team all-Mountain West honors as he finished the season scoring a team-best 101 points as he was a perfect 47-of-47 on extra points and 18-of-24 (.750) on field goals.
During the 2017 season, Eberle set a single-game school record for points scored by a kicker with 19 at San José State as he was 4-for-4 (23, 52, 20, 27) on field goals and 7-for-7 on extra points. Those 19 points scored are the second-most by a kicker in Mountain West history and the most by a non-senior. Additionally, he kicked off 73 times for 4,405 yards (60.3 ypk) with 38 touchbacks during the year.
Utah State, which returns 18 starters (O-9, D-9) and 49 letterwinners (O-20, D-27, S-2) from last year’s NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl team, will open the 2018 season on Friday, Aug. 31, at Michigan State and begins its home season the following weekend against New Mexico State on Saturday, Sept. 8. Mountain West play begins for USU two weekends later as it hosts Air Force on Saturday, Sept. 22.