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.”
The Lou Groza Award will be presented as part of the ESPN Home Depot College Football Awards in Atlanta, GA on Thursday, December 10th. The three finalists will be honored at the 24th Annual Lou Groza Awards Banquet on Monday, December 7 at the Palm Beach County Convention Center in West Palm Beach, FL. For more information on the Lou Groza Award and the Palm Beach County Sports Commission visit www.LouGrozaAward.com.
Reigning Lou Groza Award holder Brad Craddock has picked up right where he left off after his successful 2014 season, kicking three field goals in Maryland’s 50-21 victory over Richmond in the season opener at College Park, MD on Saturday. The senior from Adelaide, Australia matched his career high for field goals in a game and became just the third Terp in school history to reach the 50 field goal career mile stone. He hit 3 of his 4 attempts, scoring from 34, 30 and 31 yards, and hit all 5 of his extra point attempts for a 14 point game. Craddock hit 18 of 19 field goal tries and scored 98 points last season on his way to winning the Groza.
Jaden Oberkrom, a 2014 Lou Groza Award semi-finalist, started his senior season with a 53 yard bomb to help Texas Christian University to a 23-17 defeat of the University of Minnesota at Minneapolis last Thursday night. The Arlington, TX native also connected on field goals of 45 and 23 yards and added 2 extra points. The 53 yarder is tied for the fourth longest field goal in Horned Frog history. Oberkrom owns three of the five longest field goals in TCU history. He was the top kick scorer in the nation last season with 142 points, and he has made 61 of his 79 career field goal attempts.
Oregon State Sophomore Garrett Owens started his 2015 season with a perfect performance in the Beavers’ 26-7 defeat of Weber State University at Corvallis, OR on Friday night. The Arroyo Grande, CA native was 4 of 4 in field goal tries, connecting from 30, 40, 39 and 46 yards. He added 2 extra point attempts for a 14 point game. Owens is 9 for 9 in his brief career in attempts of 30 yards or longer and is the only kicker in Beaver history to have made 5 field goals in his first game which he achieved last season.
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Beginning in 2015, The Home Depot College Football Awards will have a new home at the College Football Hall of Fame and Chick-fil-A Fan Experience in downtown Atlanta. Airing live on ESPN on December 10, 2015, college football's brightest stars will be honored for their performance on and off the field.
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.