Clemson kicker Greg Huegel is on the 2017 Lou Groza Award watch list which goes to the top kicker in college football.

The award is named after former NFL great Lou 'The Toe" Groza who was professional football's career kicking and points leader when he retired after the 1967 season. He played in 21 seasons for the Browns.

Huegel is a two-year starter for the Tigers who went from walk-on to starter in the fall of 2015.

This past season, the Blythewood native made 14-19 field goals and set a Clemson single-season record with 71 extra points. He finished with 113 total points.

Huegel was asked about the pundits who have already considered the Tigers a long shot to win another national championship.

"People always consider us the underdog. We don't think that's the case," Huegel said.

"A lot of people are saying 'Okay, we don't think you make it back. We don't think you can be a top-ranked team'.
That's just all their opinions. Regardless of what they say, it's not going to affect how we perform. So really, it's just (about) focusing on our jobs."

No doubt head coach Dabo Swinney will be asked about the doubters when he takes his turn at Thursday's ACC Kickoff in Charlotte.

In 2015, he was named first-team freshman All-America by USA Today, the first walk-on in Clemson history to be named an All-American while still a walk-on. He converted a national-best 27 field goals (in 32 attempts). He scored 138 points, which set a Clemson single-season record for overall scoring and kick scoring.