2013 Top 3 Finalists
Lou Groza National Collegiate Place-Kicker Award
Announces 2013 Top 3 Finalists
Lou Groza Award Announces Final Three
WEST PALM BEACH— The national panel of college football experts assembled by the Palm Beach County Sports Commission has selected the three finalists for the 22nd Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award. Roberto Aguayo of Florida State, Anthony Fera of Texas, and Marvin Kloss of South Florida will vie for the honor.
Aguayo, a freshman from Mascotte, Fla., set the FBS record for most consecutive extra points in one season, having made all 80 of his PAT attempts thus far. Combined with his 15 field goals, that gives him 125 points on the season, the most by any kicker in the nation and the third-most by any player at any position. Aguayo made his first 70 total kicks, an FSU record for consecutive makes, before his only missed field goal. At 15-of-16 on field goals and 80-of-80 on extra points, Aguayo has made 98.95% of his kicks, the most by any FBS kicker with double-digit field goals.
Fera, a senior from Cypress, Texas, is putting together the best season in Longhorns history. Having made 17 of his 18 field goals, Fera’s conversion rate of 94.4% would go down as the most accurate in the 121 years of Texas football. The mark stands as the third-highest in the nation and the best among kickers with 18 attempts and a 50 yard conversion. After missing his fifth attempt of the year, Fera has converted his last 13 field goals, the third-longest active streak in FBS. He is 38-of-39 on extra point conversions, with his only miss blocked.
Kloss, a junior from Naples, Fla., has played in just ten games for South Florida but has already set the school’s career record for made field goals from 50 yards or more, connecting on four this year. That’s the most kicks from long distance in FBS this season, as are his nine field goals from at least 40 yards. In South Florida’s two wins this year, Kloss has scored every offensive point. He has made 14 of his 18 field goal attempts, with three of his misses coming from 49 yards or more, and 13 of 13 extra points.
This year, fans can have their part in naming the winner of the Lou Groza Award. Fans can visit www.lougrozaaward.com and cast a vote for their favorite of the three finalists selected by the national panel of voters. The finalist who receives the greatest total of fan votes will be given one vote on the final ballot. One vote can make a difference in the final outcome so fans are encouraged to participate.
The three finalists will be honored at the 22nd Annual Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Awards Banquet on Tuesday, December 10 at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach, Florida. For more information on the Groza Award and the Palm Beach County Sports Commission, visit www.palmbeachsports.com.
The three Lou Groza Award finalists will be highlighted on ESPNU during The Home Depot College Football Awards Nomination Special airing Tuesday, Nov. 26 at 5:30 p.m. (ET).
This year’s Lou Groza Award winner will be revealed on ESPN during The Home Depot College Football Awards Show airing live from the Atlantic Dance Hall at Disney’s BoardWalk at the Walt Disney World Resort on Thursday, Dec. 12 at 7:00 p.m. (ET).
The Lou Groza Award is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA) which encompasses the most prestigious awards in college football. The 21 awards boast 678 years of tradition-selection excellence. Visit www.NCFAA.org to learn more about our story.
About Palm Beach County Sports Commission
The 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 Sports Hall of Fame and the Kids Fitness Festival. For more information on the Palm Beach County Sports Commission go to www.palmbeachsports.com.
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* Fan votes will count toward naming the winner of the Lou Groza Award. Those interested should cast a vote for their favorite among the three finalists selected by the national panel of voters. The finalist who receives the greatest total of fan votes will be given one vote on the final ballot. One vote can make a difference in the final outcome so fans are encouraged to participate.