Stars of the Week
*This voting poll does not count towards actual award winner.
College football’s top kicking award, the Palm Beach County Sports Commission Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award presented by the Orange Bowl recognizes three of the top kickers each week from FBS division teams as the “Stars of the Week.”
Sophomore kicker Zane Gonzalez kicked four field goals and his 14 points were crucial to Arizona State’s 26-10 victory over Stanford in Tempe on Saturday. The Sun Devils improved to 5-1 overall and 3-1 in the Pac-12 South to keep them in the race for a spot in the conference championship game. The Deer Park, Texas native scored from 47, 31, 25 and 25 yards out after missing a first quarter try from 48 yards. He has made 9 of 11 field goals this season with both misses from longer than 40 yards. Gonzalez, a 2013 Groza Award semifinalist as a freshman, added two PATs to bring his season total to 50 points, which leads the team in scoring.
Sophomore kicker Andy Phillips earned his second Star of the Week selection of the season with his 3 field goal performance in Utah’s 29-23 double overtime defeat of Oregon State in Corvallis, Ore. on Thursday. The win keeps the Utes in the thick of the Pac-12 championship race. The Draper, Utah native connected from 46, 43 and 38 yards out to improve his season total to 13 of 15 field goals made. He is 9 of 11 from 40 yards or more, the second most makes from that distance in the nation. Phillips added two extra points and is perfect in 26 PAT tries. His 65 points lead the Utes in scoring and place him among the national leaders in kick-scoring.
Scott Secor’s career-long 55 yard field goal with seventeen seconds left lifted Ball State to a 32-29 defeat of Central Michigan in Mid-American Conference action in Mount Pleasant, Mich. on Saturday. Secor, a senior from New Lennox, Ill. also connected from 39, 37 and 20 yards to match a career-best four field goal game. He added two extra points for a season total of 66, leading all Cardinal scorers and placing him fifth nationally in scoring by kickers. His 16 field goals made tie him for second in the nation, while the 55 yard field goal is the third-longest in the nation so far this season.
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 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.