Nov. 23, 2010
Grozinger named finalist for Upshaw Award
MARYVILLE, Mo.-For the second time in as many seasons, Northwest Missouri State senior offensive lineman Brett Grozinger has been named one of eight finalists for the Gene Upshaw Award presented annually to the nation's top lineman.
The award is named in honor of the former standout lineman at Texas A&I University (now Texas A&M-Kingsville) who went on to earn notoriety as an Oakland Raiders offensive lineman and the NFL Players Association executive director.
Grozinger, a 6-4, 285-pounder from Chillicothe, Mo., was the leading vote getter in Super Region 4 and joins Abilene Christian right tackle Trevis Turner as the two national finalists from the region. Grozinger received nine first-place votes. No other regional nominee received more than four.
Grozinger was named a 2009 All-American by four publications including three which named him to its first team. His versatility has allowed him to play both the guard and center positions this season. Grozinger helped lead the Bearcats to their fifth consecutive MIAA championship and is part of a senior class that went undefeated in conference play.
Grozinger has helped pace an offense that ranks 18th nationally in scoring and 19th nationally in total offense. In conference play, the Bearcats led the MIAA in both offensive categories.
Super Region 4 Voting Results:
Brett Grozinger, Northwest Missouri State - (9,2,3) = 34 points
Trevis Turner, Abilene Christian - (4,4,6) = 26 points
Johnny Tivao, Texas A&M-Kingsville - (2,6,4) = 22 points
Harrison Lingenfelter, Nebraska-Omaha - (3,3,1) = 16 points
Matt Kalisch, Eastern New Mexico - (0,3,4) = 10 points
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