Stars of the Week
College football’s top kicking award, the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award sponsored by the Palm Beach County Sports Commission recognizes three of the top kickers each week from FBS division teams as the “Stars of the Week”.
Texas A&M senior kicker Randy Bullock moved into a tie for the national lead in field goals made as he went a career-best 4-for-4 in the Aggies’ 33-17 victory at Iowa State on Saturday. The Klein, Texas native connected twice from 47 yards and also scored from 25 and 20 yards out and added 3 PATs. For the season, Bullock is 15-of-16 in field goal tries, including 10 in a row, and is 7-of-8 on field goals over 40 yards in length. Bullock has now kicked 49 field goals in his career, becoming just the fourth player in Aggie football history to hit the 300 point plateau.
Junior kicker Jack Griffin of Florida International University has emerged as one of the top kickers in the nation with his 3-for-4 performance in the Golden Panthers’ 34-16 loss to Arkansas State in Jonesboro on Tuesday night. The Naples, Florida native scored from 46, 44 and 33 yards to take his season total to 12-of-15 field goals made. He also converted the extra point on FIU’s lone touchdown, staying perfect on PATs. Griffin is 21-for-21 this season and has yet to miss a point-after try in 66 attempts over his two seasons as the FIU placement specialist. The 46-yard kick is his longest of the season and his 57 points leads the team in scoring.
While the nation is watching Heisman Trophy candidate quarterback Andrew Luck, Stanford University sophomore kicker Jordan Williamson is making a bid for attention by Lou Groza Award voters. His field goals of 39, 32 and 30 yards and career-high 8 PATs went virtually unnoticed in the undefeated and 8th ranked Cardinal’s 65-21 thrashing of the Washington Huskies in Palo Alto on Saturday night. However there’s no overlooking the fact that the Austin, Texas native is among the nation’s leaders both in field goal percentage with 11-of-12 field goals made and in kick-scoring with a team-leading 74 points.
The presentation of the Lou Groza Award will be featured on The Home Depot College Football Awards live on Thursday, Dec. 8, at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN. The show, hosted by ESPN’s Chris Fowler, Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit and Desmond Howard will feature the live presentation of nine player awards, along with the recipients of Disney’s Spirit Award; The Home Depot Coach of the Year Award, the NCFAA (National College Football Awards Association) Contributions to College Football Award; and student-athletes selected to the Walter Camp All-America Team. Fans can visit the show’s dedicated Web site at www.espncollegefootballawards.com to find the latest college football awards news, including show details, previous winners, fan voting, a photo gallery and video highlights.
National College Football Awards Association
The Lou Groza Award is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA). The NCFAA was founded in 1997 as a coalition of the major collegiate football awards to protect, preserve and enhance the integrity, influence and prestige of the game’s predominant awards. The NCFAA encourages professionalism and the highest standards for the administration of its member awards and the selection of their candidates and recipients. For more information, visit the association’s official website, ncfaa.org.
About the Palm Beach County Sports Commission
The Palm Beach County Sports Commission is a private, not-for-profit organization contracted by Palm Beach County to promote and market the County as a sports and sports tourism destination. The Commission brings sporting events and activities to the County, enhances economic impact, stimulates bed tax revenues (primarily in the off-season), and maximizes utilization of County facilities. The Commission offers a full range of event service support, corporate partnerships, sponsorships and a local membership program that support its goals. Local, regional, national and international marketing efforts are ongoing by the Commission with sports organizations and event owners. The Commission also produces sports-related programs for the residents of Palm Beach County including the annual Lou Groza Awards program, the Palm Beach County Sports Hall of Fame, the Kids Fitness Festival of the Palm Beaches and awards the annual Sam Budnyk Student-Athlete Scholarship. For more information on the Palm Beach County Sports Commission go to www.palmbeachsports.com.