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.”
Two games into the season, North Carolina State’s Niklas Sade can claim two “Stars of the Week” honors. This time around, the junior from Wake Forest, N.C. connected from 48 yards out with just 33 seconds remaining to lift the Wolfpack over Richmond 23-21 in Raleigh. Sade opened the game’s scoring with a 46 yarder and added a 19 yarder at the end of the first half. At 7-for-7 for the season, Sade is tied for the national lead in field goals made, and the only perfect kicker with more than five attempts. He’s also 6-for-6 on PATs, giving him 27 points, the second-most by a kicker thus far.
They celebrated in Provo, Utah Saturday night when Brigham Young University upset 15th ranked Texas 40-21, and a major contributor to the victory was Justin Sorensen. The senior from South Jordan, Utah booted field goals of 36, 34, 32 and 24 yards and converted all four of his extra point tries for a 16 point game. He is the first Cougar kicker to connect on four field goals in a game since the 2000 season. Sorenson is off to a perfect start this season. After two games he is 5-for-5 on field goals and 5-for-5 on PATs, extending his school record to 73 straight extra point conversions.
Looking for his first career field goal, Tulsa’s Carl Salazar didn’t get any chances in the first half of the Golden Hurricane’s home opener against Colorado State. But as time expired at the end of the game, Salazar connected on his third field goal of the half, a 34 yarder that completed Tulsa’s 30-27 comeback victory over the Rams. The senior from Broken Arrow, Okla. also scored from 31 and 23 yards out to set the scene for his game-winner. It was quite the bounce-back performance for Salazar, who went 0-for-2 in his first career game last week.
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.
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.