Stars of the Week
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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.” This week, the three performances are drawn from the 20 semifinalists for the award.
Although Northwestern University dropped the first triple overtime game in school history, most of the Wildcats’ points in the 27-19 loss to the University of Michigan came on the foot of Jeff Budzien. On a rainy and windy night in Evanston, Budzien bested the elements to go 4-for-4 on field goals and added an overtime PAT for a 13-point game. It’s the second time in his career that he has made at least four field goals in a game, scoring from 40, 36, 29, and 22 yards out. The senior from Hartland, Wis. is now one point away from the Northwestern career record of 262. He also extended his school record for consecutive extra points, having converted all 132 point after tries in his career.
One of the first games of the week saw the highest scoring performance of any semifinalist as Jeremiah Detmer and the University of Toledo held off the University at Buffalo 51-41 on Tuesday night. The Hilliard, Ohio native went 3-for-3 on field goals and converted all six extra point tries for a 15-point game. With kicks from 42, 32, and 22 yards out, it was the junior’s sixth game with multiple field goals this season. He has now made 11 straight field goal attempts, part of a 17-for-18 season. Detmer’s 91 points are the most by a Rockets player and the 7th most by any kicker in the nation.
The University of Memphis went on the road to beat the University of South Florida 23-10 for the Tigers’ first American Athletic Conference win, with kicker Jake Elliott setting a conference mark of his own. As part of his 3-for-3 night, Elliott’s 56-yard field goal attempt bounced over the crossbar and into the record books as the longest kick in conference history. It also moved the freshman into the top spot in the Memphis record books, surpassing current New England Patriot Stephen Gostkowski’s old mark by three yards. Elliott also made kicks from 34 and 19 yards, and converted both of his extra point attempts. The Western Springs, Ill. native is 14-for-15 on the season and his 60 points are the most among Tigers.
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.