Pochman ends college career with honors


    By Stephenson Beck

    For the second straight week kicker Owen Pochman was named Mountain West Conference Special Teams Player of the Week.

    In BYU’s 34-27 victory over Utah, Pochman kicked four field goals (45, 38, 35 and 22 yards) to give BYU a 19-10 halftime lead. The four first half field goals are a new BYU record.

    Pochman accounted for 14 points against the Utes. He finished his career as BYU’s all-time leading scorer with 332 points over four seasons.

    It was the fourth time in his career that Pochman won the honor.

    “Owen is one of the premier kickers we’ve had here at BYU,” said newly retired head coach LaVell Edwards. “He’s worked hard since his arrival here and has become extremely accurate. He has the potential to be an outstanding NFL kicker.”

    Pochman is also one of 20 finalists for the ninth annual Lou Groza Collegiate Place-kicker Award, presented by the FedEx Orange Bowl.

    The award is voted on by a national panel of over 160 voters. The list will be narrowed to three finalists, with the winner being announced on Tuesday, Dec. 5 in West Palm Beach, Fla.

    The winner will be flown to Disney World for the 2000 Home Depot College Football Awards Show, which will be broadcast on ESPN on Dec. 7.

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