Basil becomes fourth Buckeye named to watch list

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Ohio State kicker Drew Basil became the fourth Buckeye to be named to an award watch list this week, when he was named to the preseason watch list for the Lou Groza College Place-Kicker Award on Wednesday.

The award, which is presented by the Palm Beach County Sports Commission, is given annually to college football's top kicker. Since the award's inception in 1992, only Mike Nugent (2004) has won the award while playing for Ohio State.

Heading into his junior season, Basil returns to Ohio State as the Big Ten's leader in field goal percentage in 2011. The Chillicothe, Ohio native made 16-of-19 field goal attempts last season, good for an 84.2 percent success rate.

The 6-foot-1, 212-pound Basil also connected on 36-of-37 extra point attempts in 2011. He enters 2012 having made 16 of his past 17 field goal attempts.

A list of 20 semifinalists for the award will be made public on Nov. 5, before three finalists are named on Nov. 19. The award will then be presented on Dec. 6, as a part of the Home Depot ESPNU College Football Award Show.

Other Buckeyes to be named to watch lists this week include Braxton Miller (Maxwell Award), John Simon and Johnathan Hankins (Bednarik Award), and Jake Stoneburner (Mackey Award).