Stars of the Week
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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 Groza Award winner Roberto Aguayo continued his quest to become only the second “back to back” recipient of the trophy with a record-breaking 19-point performance in Florida State’s 43-3 defeat of Wake Forrest in Tallahassee. The sophomore from Mascotte, Fla. broke 2008 Groza winner Graham Gano’s school record for consecutive field goal conversions with his 19th, a third quarter 52 yarder, and went on to score from 43, 42, 40 and 32 yards out to complete a record-matching 5-for-5 performance. He added four PATs and still has yet to miss a kick of any kind this season. His 58 points lead all Seminole scorers and tie him with two others in second place nationally in scoring by kickers.
University of Houston junior Kyle Bullard set the bar for Star of the Week hopefuls when he started the sixth week of the season by scoring all of the Cougars’ points in their 17-12 loss to Central Florida on Thursday. The Boerne, Texas native showed off his powerful leg with field goals of 39, 42, 49 and a career long 51 yards. It is the second time this season he has made four field goals in a game, and his second straight game with multiple field goals from at least 40 yards. Bullard has hit 18 consecutive field goals dating back to last season and is 12-for-12 this year, which ties him for the national lead in field goals made. His 12-point performance brings his total to 47, leading not only the Cougars but all American Athletic Conference players.
The University of Utah owes its stunning 30-28 defeat of #8 UCLA to the dependable leg of 2013 Groza semifinalist Andy Phillips. The junior from Draper, Utah earned his second Star of the Week recognition of the season as he converted a 29 yard field goal with just 34 seconds remaining in the game at the Rose Bowl. He also scored from 48 and 45 yards out and added three extra points to bring his season total to a team-leading 54 points. Just for good measure, Phillips successfully recovered his own onside kick, making him 3-for-3 in his career. Phillips has hit 10 of 12 field goal tries this season and has made all 24 of his extra point attempts.
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 Commission
The 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.