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.”
University of Virginia junior kicker Ian Frye moved into a tie for the national lead in field goals made with his career-best performance in the Cavaliers’ 41-33 loss to BYU in Provo, Utah on Saturday. The Bristol, Va. native connected on field goals of 46, 41, 23 and 22 yards in the first four field goal game of his career. He has made 10 of his 11 field goal attempts this season. Frye also made his three PAT attempts on Saturday and is now 13-for-13 on extra point tries this season. His 15-point performance takes his season total to 43 which leads the team.
A perfect season continued Saturday for kicker Josh Lambo who made all three of his field goal attempts and seven extra points in Texas A&M’s one-sided 58-6 victory over SMU in Dallas. Lambo has yet to miss a kick of any kind this season, going 6-for-6 on field goals and 29-for-29 on PATS, giving him the most kicks by any kicker still perfect on the year. The junior from Middleton, Wis. hit a career-long 50 yarder as well as field goals of 39 and 24 yards. His 47 points lead the Aggies in scoring and place him second nationally in kick-scoring.
The strong leg of sophomore Andy Phillips was a major weapon in Utah’s 26-10 defeat of Michigan in a weather-delayed game in Ann Arbor on Saturday which improved the Utes’ record to 3-0. Phillips, a native of Draper, Utah, connected on field goals of 50, 48, 38 and 35 yards and hit both PAT tries in a 4-for-5 performance that included a late miss from 41 soggy yards out. It was the first time a Utah kicker made four field goals in a game since 2011. Besides outscoring Michigan on his own, Phillips’ 14 points improved his season total to a team-leading 33.
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.