Stars of the Week
College football’s top kicking award, the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award presented 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.”
Idaho senior Trey Farquhar has notched his second Star of the Week selection of the season, continuing his quest for America’s most coveted award for place-kickers by booting four field goals in the Vandals’ 26-18 victory over New Mexico State University on Saturday in Moscow, Idaho. The Redlands, Calif. native connected from a career long 55, as well as from 53, 39 and 32 yards out, and added two extra points to bring his season total to a team-leading 39 points. Farquhar has made 10 of his 11 field goal attempts and all nine extra point tries this season. His nine career field goals from 50 yards or beyond are an Idaho record.
It was a career night for sophomore kicker Shawn Moffitt on Thursday when he went 4-for-4 on field goals to help the University of Central Florida to a 40-20 defeat of East Carolina University in their Conference USA opener in Orlando, Fla. The Orlando native connected from 22, 23, 36 and a career-long 49 yards. It was the first time he has gone 4-for-4 in a game, and only the second multi-field goal game of his young career. His season totals have improved to a perfect 7-for-7 on field goals and he is 17-of-18 on extra point attempts. His 38 points lead the Knights in scoring.
2011 Lou Groza Award finalist Dustin Hopkins kicked three field goals for Florida State University on Saturday, but it wasn’t enough for the Seminoles to avoid a 17-16 upset loss to North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N.C. The senior from Houston, Texas connected from a season long 49 yards, as well as from 36 and 20 yards. His 61 points lead the Seminoles in scoring and give him 387 for his career, just seven points shy of becoming the all-time leading scorer in both Florida State and ACC history.
The Lou Groza Award will be presented as part of the Home Depot ESPN College Football Awards in Orlando, Fla. on Thursday, December 6th. The three finalists will be feted at the 21st Annual Lou Groza Awards Banquet on Tuesday, December 4th at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach, Fla. For more information on the Lou Groza Award, the Palm Beach County Sports Commission, and to vote for your favorite Star of the Week, visit www.LouGrozaAward.com.
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.