COLUMBIA - A year ago, Elliott Fry was a walk-on kicker just hoping for the chance to start at South Carolina. His humble beginning is worth remembering, because he's come a long way in a short period of time.

Fry capitalized on his opportunity, earning SEC All-Freshman honors last season. On Wednesday, Fry added another honor when he was one of 30 kickers named to the Lou Groza Collegiate Placekicker Award Watch List.

Fry earned the distinction after making 15-of-18 field goals and 54-of-55 extra points last season. He scored 99 points, tied for sixth in the SEC.

With Fry's inclusion, South Carolina continued its strong showing in preseason watch lists. Fry is the fifth Gamecocks player on a watch list.

Here's the full list.

Running back Mike Davis - Maxwell Award Watch List

Center Cody Waldrop - Rimington Trophy Watch List

Tight end Rory Anderson - Mackey Award Watch List

Receiver Pharoh Cooper - Hornung Award Watch List

Kicker Elliott Fry - Groza Award Watch List