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.
Sophomore kicker Daniel Carlson’s three field goals were crucial to Auburn’s 30-27 defeat of Kentucky in Lexington, Ky. on Thursday night. The Colorado Springs, Co. native connected from 34, 29 and 52 yards away and added three extra points for a 12-point game. Carlson has exhibited one of the strongest legs in the nation this season, as one of only two kickers with three field goals of fifty yards or longer. On the year, he has made 9 of his 12 field goal tries and all 18 PATs, now having made all 75 extra point tries in his career.
South Carolina kicker Elliott Fry moved into a tie for second place in FBS for field goals made when he kicked four to help the Gamecocks defeat Vanderbilt 19-10 in Columbia, S.C. on Saturday. The junior from Frisco, Texas had makes of 47, 31, 19 and 22 and made the extra point following South Carolina’s lone touchdown of the game. Fry has scored 261 career points which makes him second all-time in South Carolina career scoring. He now has a 4-FG game in each of his three seasons. Fry is 15-for-21 on the season in field goals and 12-for-12 on extra points.
Austin Rehkow contributed the lion’s share of the scoring and a game-winning kick in Idaho’s 19-16 victory over Troy in Sun Belt action on Saturday. The win snapped a 24-game road losing streak for the Vandals. The junior from Spokane, Wash. made field goals of 34, 31, and 40 yards out before his 19 yarder put Idaho ahead with three minutes to play. He was 4 of 5 on the day with the lone miss, his first of the season, coming from 52 yards out. His season totals have improved to 11-for-12 on field goals and 15-for-16 on extra points. His 48 points 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.