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.”
Utah State University junior Nick Diaz’s 16 points represented the biggest day by any kicker in the nation as he made all four of his field goal tries and added four PATs in the Aggies’ 40-12 defeat of San Jose State in Spartan Stadium on Friday night. The native of Redondo Beach, Calif. connected a season long of 45, as well as two kicks from 24 and one from 21 yards out. It was the first four field goal performance by a Utah State kicker since 1999. Diaz has made 7 of 8 field goal attempts this season and has scored a team-leading 44 points, which ties him for seventh place nationally in kick-scoring.
Saturday was a history-making day for University of Iowa senior kicker Mike Meyer in the Hawkeyes’ 23-7 defeat of the University of Minnesota in their Big Ten opener in Minneapolis. In addition to field goals of 49, 46 and 25 yards, the Dubuque, Iowa native was 2-for-2 on extra point attempts to extend his PAT streak to a school record 100 which is sixth in Big Ten history and the fourth longest active streak in the nation. Meyer has 53 career field goals and 278 points, with both marks good for third place all-time in the Iowa record books. 2002 Lou Groza Award winner Nate Kaeding remains the all-time leader in both categories. Meyer currently leads the team in scoring with 43 points.
A 50-yard miss is all that kept University of Idaho true freshman Austin Rehkow from having the nation’s biggest kick-scoring game of the week on Saturday night. The Vandals needed the leg of the Veradale, Wash. native to pull out a 26-24 homecoming victory over the visiting Temple University Owls. Rehkow kicked field goals of 39, 38, 30 and 25 yards and added two extra points for his 14-point game. Rehkow gained national attention last year when he set the Washington state high school record with a 67 yard bomb, just one yard short of the national high school record.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.