Stars of the Week
*This voting poll does not count towards actual award winner.
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.”
2013 Lou Groza Award winner Roberto Aguayo kicked off this season at Florida State much like he ended his last year’s National Championship campaign. Aguayo’s field goals of 37, 36 and 27 yards, and his four extra points, proved to be more than the difference in the Seminoles’ nail-biting victory over Oklahoma State in the Cowboys Classic at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Saturday night. The sophomore is attempting to become only the second repeat winner of the Groza. Former Seminole, now Oakland Raider star kicker Sebastian Janikowski won back to back in 1998 and 1999.
Penn State senior kicker Sam Ficken had to travel to Dublin, Ireland to turn in his Star of the Week performance. His game-winning 36-yard field goal as time expired gave the Nittany Lions a 26-24 victory over Central Florida in the first international game in the 128-year history of Penn State Football. The Valparaiso, Indiana native also connected on field goals from 33, 24 and 22 yards for his first career 4-field goal performance. The senior also hit both PAT tries for a 14-point game.
The University of Alabama rode the leg of sophomore place-kicker Adam Griffith to avoid what would have been billed as a major upset in their 33-23 defeat of the West Virginia Mountaineers in Atlanta’s Georgia Dome on Saturday. Griffith connected on field goals of 47, 45, 41 and 27 yards and made all three of his extra point tries. The three kicks from 40 yards or more give him the early national lead in that category. A Calhoun, Ga. native, Griffith begins his first full season as Bama’s starting kicker.
The Lou Groza Award will be presented as part of the ESPN Home Depot College Football Awards in Orlando, Fla. on Thursday, December 11th. The three finalists will be honored at the 23rd Annual Lou Groza Awards Banquet on Tuesday, December 9th 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.