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 Maryland junior Brad Craddock has climbed to the top of the list of kickers who have yet to miss this season. He connected on two kicks from 48 yards and another from 30, as well as converting all four of his PAT tries to help the Terrapins to their 37-15 win over Indiana in Bloomington. Craddock, a 2013 Groza Award semifinalist, is a perfect 10-for-10 this season and has converted 16 consecutive field goal attempts dating back to last season. He is also a perfect 22 for 22 on extra points. His 52 points lead the team in scoring and place him in a tie for the national lead in points by a kicker.
The University of Minnesota traveled to Ann Arbor, Michigan and returned home with the coveted Little Brown Jug for just the second time in 24 years thanks in part to the leg of freshman kicker Ryan Santoso, whose three field goals contributed to the 30-14 Big Ten defeat of the Wolverines. The Pace, Fla. native hit from 48, 25 and 24 yards and converted his three extra point attempts. It was the first multi-field goal game of his brief career. His 30 points lead the Golden Gophers in scoring.
Junior kicker Garrett Schwettman’s 12 points proved to be the difference in Western Kentucky’s 36-27 defeat of Navy in Annapolis on Saturday. The Murray, Ky. native scored from 37, 36 and 33 yards out and converted his three extra point attempts. It was Schwettman’s third consecutive multi-field goal game. He is 10 of 12 on field goals this season and 20 of 20 on extra points. His 50 points make him the Hilltoppers’ leading scorer place him fourth in the nation 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.