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.”
Kicker Cody Clark’s 14-point performance was a key to Middle Tennessee State’s 50-47 triple overtime defeat of Western Kentucky in the Conference USA opener for both teams in Murfreesboro, Tenn. on Saturday. Clark, a sophomore from Watkinsville, Ga., connected on field goals of 42, 37, and 29 yards, as well as all five of his extra point attempts. He has made four of his five field goal attempts on the season and is a perfect 15 for 15 on PATs for a team-leading 27 points.
The University of Virginia owes its come-from-behind victory over #21 Louisville in Charlottesville Saturday afternoon to junior kicker Ian Frye. His 42-yard field goal with 3:42 left to play gave the Cavaliers a 23-21 win, their first over a ranked opponent since 2011 and snapping a 10-game ACC losing streak. It was the first game-winning kick of the Bristol, Va. native's career and the first by any Cavalier kicker since 2011. Frye also connected from 47 and 35 yards out and was 2-for-2 on extra point tries. He is 6 of 7 on field goals this season and has not missed a PAT in 10 tries.
Bowling Green State junior Tyler Tate’s four first half field goals were key to setting up the Falcons’ 45-42 defeat of the Indiana Hoosiers on Saturday in Bowling Green. The Carroll, Ohio native connected from 47, 45, 38 and 28 yards and hit 3 of 4 extra point attempts. The defending MAC champions defeated a Power 5 conference squad for the first time since 2008. Tate’s 28 points lead his team in scoring and places him just outside the top ten nationally in kick-scoring.
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
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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.