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.”
A career-best four field goal performance by senior kicker Corey Acosta led Southern Miss to a 26-20 victory over Alcorn State, avoiding an upset loss to an FCS division opponent in Hattiesburg on Saturday night. The Memphis native opened scoring in the game with a 50 yard field goal and added scores from 41, 39 and 23 yards. He also converted both of his extra point tries for a 14-point game. While a miss from 43 yards kept Acosta from a perfect night, his kicks proved enough to give the Golden Eagles just their second win over the last 26 games.
Sophomore Elliot Fry turned in a perfect 4-for-4 field goal game to lead South Carolina to a 33-23 victory over East Carolina in Columbia on Saturday. The Frisco, Texas native connected from 42, 39, 26, and 20 yards out, and added 3 PATs for a total of 15 points. Fry went from freshman walk-on to freshman All-SEC honors last season, helping to earn him a spot on the Groza Preseason Watch List, and through two games he’s poised to again lead the Gamecocks in scoring. Fry’s performance helped the Ol’ Ball Coach Steve Spurrier to his 200th SEC coaching victory.
After two weeks, no one in the country has more field goals than Arizona junior Casey Skowron. The Phoenix, Ariz. native now has seven on the year, after a 4-for-4 performance in the Wildcats’ 26-23 win over UTSA on Thursday night in San Antonio. Skowron connected from 44, 38, 28 and 23 yards out, and added two PATs for a 14-point day. Combined with his school record-tying 16-point performance in Week 1, Skowron’s 30 points are the most in the nation by a 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.