On Thursday, CU freshman James Stefanou was named one of 20 semifinalists for the Lou Groza Award, presented annually to the nation's top kicker.

Stefanou is 13-for-15 on field goals this season and made nine in a row at one point. He is also 28-for-28 on extra points.

A former professional soccer player, Stefanou, 30, is in his first year of American football. He is one of just two freshmen on the list of semifinalists.

"He's a pretty good kicker," head coach MacIntyre said after Stefanou went 3-for-3 on field goals in Saturday's win against Cal. "We got us a good one."

Stefanou joins Will Oliver (2013) and Mason Crosby (2005 and 2006) as the only CU kickers to be named semifinalists. Crosby was runner-up for the award in 2005.

Eyeing the top

Coming into this week's game against Arizona State, CU running back Phillip Lindsay needs 112 rushing yards to climb to second on the school's all-time rushing list.

Lindsay currently has 3,487 yards in his career, just 111 behind Rodney Stewart. Eric Bieniemy leads the way with 3,940 yards - 453 ahead of Lindsay.

Fields, meanwhile, enters this week sixth on the all-time list for receiving yards (2,420), and needs just 129 yards to vault up to second place.

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Cornerback Isaiah Oliver (leg), center Jonathan Huckins (concussion) and outside linebackers Tim Coleman (ankle) and Terran Hasselbach (concussion) are all listed as day-to-day on the Buffs' injury report. ... CU has forced at least one turnover in 34 consecutive regular season games. ASU, meanwhile, has lost just seven turnovers all year. ... The Buffs are still mathematically alive for a share of the Pac-12 South title, but in any case of a tie, the Buffs would lose the tie-breakers, according to CU. Thus, there will officially be no return trip to the Pac-12 title game this year.

Contact staff writer Brian Howell at howellb@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/BrianHowell33