Stars of the Week
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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.
College football’s top kicking award, the Lou Groza Collegiate Place Kicker Award sponsored by the Palm Beach County Sports Commission recognizes three of the top kickers each week from FBS division (Div 1A) teams as the “Stars of the Week”.
It was a record-setting game for Nebraska kicker Drew Brown, who made five of his seven field goal attempts to help the Huskers hang on to a 36-28 defeat of Southern Mississippi in Lincoln on Saturday. The sophomore from Southlake, Texas made first half field goals of 29, 27, 40 and 22 yards before his 50 yarder as time expired tied the NCAA record with five field goals in one half, as well as matching the Memorial Stadium record for field goals in a game. Brown added three extra points for a career-best 18 points.
Sophomore Andrew Gantz continued his outstanding season by making four of five field goals in Cincinnati’s 53-46 loss at Memphis on Thursday. The Dayton, Ohio native scored from 35, 49, 32 and 36 yards and was 4 of 4 on extra points. He also had a 27-yard attempt blocked. Gantz has made 10 of his 12 field goal attempts this season which makes him the first kicker in the nation to reach double digits this season. His 47 points lead all Bearcats in scoring and lead the nation in scoring by kickers.
Junior kicker Taylor Rausa contributed to Boise State’s 56-14 romp over Virginia in Charlottesville, Va. on Friday night with a career-long 51 yard field goal as well as makes from 30, 39 and 45 yards out. He also hit the upright for a miss from 54 yards. The Murietta, Calif. native was also 6-for-6 on extra point tries for a career-best 18 point game. The 51 yarder is the longest Boise State field goal since 2009, which is also the last time a Bronco kicker made four kicks in a game.
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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.