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Stanford's Williamson on watch list for Groza kicking award

Fifth-year Stanford senior placekicker Jordan Williamson has been named to the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award Watch List. Williamson is one of 30 players named to the list and one of four from the Pac-12 Conference vying for the award as announced by the Palm Beach County Sports Commission.


Kickers on the Lou Groza Award Watch List were chosen based on statistics from the 2013 season and 2014 expectations. All 10 FBS conferences are represented among the 30 kickers, led by four each from the American, Big 12, Mountain West, and Pac-12.

Appropriate for his position, Williamson is a psychology major and hails from Austin, Texas. He enters the season with 48 career field goals, fourth all-time for the Cardinal. His career field-goal percentage of .706 (48-of-68) also ranks fourth-best in school history.

Last year, Williamson's steady leg helped the Cardinal to its second straight Pac-12 championship and berth in the Rose Bowl. He connected on 18-for-22 (.818) attempts to tie for second in single-season made field goals and fifth in season percentage. The 18 field goals marked a career high as part of his 97 points.

Williamson also delivered 25 touchbacks on 46 kickoffs last season.

Honors

Recent graduates Trent Murphy (football) and Chiney Ogwumike (women's basketball) were announced as Stanford recipients of the 2013-14 Pac-12 Tom Hansen Conference Medal winners by the league office.

A Conference Medal is awarded annually to each member institution's outstanding senior male and female student-athlete based on the exhibition of the greatest combination of performance and achievement in scholarship, athletics and leadership.

Conference medal winners have been named every year since the 1960-61 academic year. In 2009, the Pac-12 renamed the award the Tom Hansen Conference Medal in honor of Hansen, who retired at the end of June 2009 after serving for 26 years as Commissioner of the Pac-10.

Murphy led Stanford to consecutive Pac-12 championships and Rose Bowl appearances this year and was drafted in the second round of the NFL draft by Washington. Murphy was one of three Stanford players to earn consensus All-America honors. The Mesa, Ariz. native graduated in June with a degree in science, technology and society.

Ogwumike was the national Capitol One Academic All-American of the Year and the Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year in women's basketball. She was also honored by the Stanford Alumni Association as one of two graduating seniors to receive the 2014 J.E. Wallace Sterling Award for outstanding service to Stanford.

She finished her career as the Pac-12's all-time leading scorer (2,737 points) and rebounder (1,567) and was drafted first overall by the Connecticut Sun.

Softball

Stanford's Jessica Plaza had two RBI for the USA National Team in a 5-0 victory over Venezuela at the General Tire World Cup of Softball IX in Irvine on Tuesday night.

Plaza slammed a two-run homer in the sixth to give the USA a 3-0 lead. The Americans had nine hits.

The U.S. (1-0) will play the Phillippines (1-2) on Wednesday night. Also competing is Mexico (1-0), Canada (3-0), Chinese Taipei (0-2), Japan (1-1) and Venezuela (1-3).

Rowing

Cardinal junior Filippa Karrfelt will row for Sweden at the 2014 U-23 World Championships in Varese, Italy, later this month.

Karrfelt qualified for the Swedish U-23 team with a victory in the double skulls at the Holland Beker in Amsterdam at the end of June. Her boat led from start to finish and finished ahead of a Canadian tandem by 16 seconds. Karrfelt posted a 7:06.75 to secure her spot on the national team as the other Swedish boat placed third in the final.

The current Stanford rower was able to compete along with two former Cardinal rowers at the Holland Beker. Elle Logan won the women's 2- for the U.S. She was also in the first place women's 8+ along with Grace Luczak for the United States.

Karrfelt will begin competing in the U-23 World Championships on Thursday, July 24. This will be the second straight year for Karrfelt at the U-23 World Championships. She finished 12th overall in the single skulls for Sweden last year in Linz, Austria.

— Stanford Athletics

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