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.
The 13-point performance by sophomore Erik Powell was vital to Washington State’s impressive road victory over Rutgers in Piscataway, N.J. on Saturday. The Cougars came from behind to win 37-34 with the first year starter connecting on second quarter field goals of 46 and 47 yards and adding another from 37 yards late in the game. The first two makes were Powell’s first of more than 40 yards in his brief WSU career. The Vancouver, Wash. native added four extra points.
Minnesota kicker Ryan Santoso converted a recovered Colorado State fumble on the first play of overtime into an 18-yard field goal to give the Gophers a 23-20 win in Fort Collins, Colo. on Saturday. The sophomore from Pace, Fla. had connected from 35 and 50 yards earlier in the game and was successful on both extra point attempts for an 11-point game to spoil the Rams’ home opener.
Senior kicker Garrett Schwettman has yet to miss a kick of any kind after the first two weeks of the season. His four field goals and three extra points were crucial to Western Kentucky’s 41-38 defeat of Louisiana Tech in Conference USA action in Bowling Green, Ky. on Thursday night. The Murray, Ky. native connected from a career-long 46 yards out, along with makes from 39, 29 and 25 yards to tie his career high for field goals in a game. Schwettman’s 17 points on the young season lead the team in scoring.
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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 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.