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.” The season’s first three selections stand tied atop the national leaderboard in field goals made.
Niklas Sade had a career game with his 4-for-4 performance in North Carolina State’s 40-14 thrashing of Louisiana Tech in Raleigh. The junior from Wake Forest, N.C. scored from 45, 38, 24 and 22 yards, his first career game with four field goals. He was also 4-for-4 on extra point tries for a 16 point game, the most by any kicker in Week One of the FBS season and some early momentum in his quest for the most coveted award given to collegiate place-kickers.
It was a huge success for kicker Will Oliver and the University of Colorado as the junior from Los Angeles, Calif. connected on four field goal attempts and the Buffs snapped an eight-game losing streak with their 41-27 defeat of the rival Colorado State Rams in Denver. Oliver was perfect, with his field goals coming from 52, 44, 41 and 22 yards out. The 52-yard boot matched his career long and gave Colorado a fourth quarter lead they would not relinquish. He added three PATs for a 15 point day.
There was little to cheer about in San Diego State’s season-opening 40-19 home loss to Eastern Illinois at San Diego’s Qualcomm Stadium except the performance of kicker Wes Feer. He provided most of the offense with a 4-for-4 performance on field goal tries, connecting from 41, 38, 35 and 22 yards. Feer added a PAT for a 13 point game. The senior from Chino Hills, Calif. is the first Aztec to kick four field goals in a game since 2003.
The Lou Groza Award will be presented as part of the ESPN Home Depot College Football Awards in Orlando, Fla. on Thursday, December 12th. The three finalists will be honored at the 22nd Annual Lou Groza Awards Banquet on Tuesday, December 10th 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 Collegiate Place-Kicker 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, www.ncfaa.org.
About the Palm Beach County Sports CommissionThe 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.