Stars of the Week
Sophomore Jeremiah Detmer took over the national lead in field goals made with his 5-for-5 performance in the University of Toledo’s 29-23 victory over previously undefeated Cincinnati on Saturday in Toledo. The Hilliard, Ohio native connected from 47, 43, 42, 25 and 20 yards to bring his total for the season to 18-of-23 on field goals. He added two PATs and has yet to miss an extra point attempt in 32 tries. With Detmer’s help in knocking off the 21st ranked team in the country, Toledo defeated its first ranked opponent since 2004, and improved to 7-1 for their best start since 2001. Detmer’s 86 points are the second-most in the nation by a kicker.
Ross Martin became the first freshman kicker in Duke University history to kick four field goals in a game in the Blue Devils’ 33-30 defeat of rival North Carolina in Durham on Saturday. The win made Duke bowl-eligible for the first time since 1994. Martin scored from 43, 30, 28 and 20 yards and was 3-for-3 on extra point tries. The Solon, Ohio native scored 15 points in the game to set the new school freshmen record and extended his team-leading scoring total to 74 points. His season totals improved to 14-of-15 on field goals, a 93.3% accuracy mark bested only by the six kickers who have yet to miss, and a perfect 32-for-32 on extra point tries.
Texas Christian University dropped a heart-breaking 56-53 triple-overtime decision to Texas Tech in Fort Worth on Saturday, but freshman kicker Jaden Oberkrom more than did his part. The Arlington, Texas native changed the Horned Frog and Big 12 record books, going 6-for-6 on field goals to set both the school and conference single-game marks. He scored from 45, 42, 41, 38, and twice from 32 yards. His 23 points set a new single-game TCU record for kick-scoring and moved him to 72 points on the season, eighth in the nation. Oberkrom is 14-of-16 on field goals this season and has not missed a PAT in 30 attempts.
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.