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.”
A 56-yard field goal in the 4th quarter by senior Chris Boswell put Rice University up for good in the Owls’ 23-14 defeat of the University of Kansas in Rice Stadium. It was the 12th field goal of more than 50 yards in his career, by far the most of any active kicker. The Keller, Texas native also scored from 40 and 28 yards and added two extra points. Boswell extended his school record for career field goals to 56. He has made 4 of 5 field goal tries so far this season and all 6 of his PATs. His 18 points are second on the Owls in scoring through two games.
Auburn University relied on the consistent leg of senior Cody Parkey to help them to a 24-20 defeat of Mississippi State University in front of more than 85,000 fans in Auburn Saturday night. His efforts helped the Tigers avert a home upset and stay undefeated on the year. The native of Jupiter, Fla. tied his career-long with a 47 yarder, as well as connecting from 40 and 19 yards out. In addition to the 3-for-3 field goal performance, Parkey was successful on his only extra point try for a 10 point game. Parkey leads the Tigers with 29 points, hitting 7 of his 8 field goal tries and all 8 of his extra point attempts this season, extending his PAT streak to 59 without a miss.
Oregon State’s Trevor Romaine hit a personal best with his 49-yard field goal in the second quarter of the Beavers’ 51-48 overtime victory over the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. The junior from Corona, Calif. also connected from 36 and 20 yards out and added 4 PATs. Romaine’s three field goals give him 36 for his career, moving him into a tie for fourth in OSU history. He has made 5 of his 6 field goal tries this season and has not missed a PAT in 13 attempts. His 28 points are second on the team this season.
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.