Stars of the Week
*This voting poll does not count towards actual award winner.
This year marks the 25th Anniversary of the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award, college football’s top kicking award presented by the Orange Bowl. Each week the Palm Beach County Sports Commission recognizes three of the top kickers from FBS division teams as the “Stars of the Week.”
The “next Aguayo” charged into Florida State history with a record-breaking game. Freshman Ricky Aguayo made all six of his field goal attempts in the Seminoles’ stunning 45-34 comeback victory over Ole Miss in Orlando, FL on Monday night. They trailed 28-6 in the first half. The Mascotte, FL native broke the FSU single-game mark shared by four kickers – most recently his brother Roberto, the 2014 Lou Groza Award winner – by scoring from 44, 40, 40, 30, 25, and 21 yards. Aguayo added three PATs for a 21-point game to surge into the FBS lead in field goals made and kick scoring.
Senior kicker Ty Cummings continued his perfect field goal streak by opening the season with a 4-for-4 performance in Houston’s 33-23 upset of Oklahoma in Houston, TX on Saturday. By connecting on first-half kicks from 47, 35, 33, and 26 yards, the Southlake, TX native extended his career-opening streak to 12-for-12 in field goals made. The 47 yarder was a career-long and gave the Cougars a halftime lead they would not relinquish. Cummings also made all three of his extra point tries for a fifteen point day.
The Wisconsin Badgers relied on the strong and accurate leg of junior kicker Rafael Gaglianone for their 16-14 upset of the 5th ranked LSU Tigers in the Lambeau Field College Classic in Green Bay, WI on Saturday. His 47-yard winner with 3:47 remaining was his fourth career game-winning kick, the most in Wisconsin history. The Sao Paulo, Brazil native added field goals from 48 and 30 yards and was successful on his only extra point try of the game to account for 10 of the team’s 16 points.
The Award is named for National Football League Hall of Fame kicker Lou “The Toe” Groza, who played 21 seasons with the Cleveland Browns. Groza won four NFL championships with Cleveland and was named NFL Player of the Year in 1954. Although an All-Pro offensive lineman as well, Groza ushered in the notion that there should be a place on an NFL roster for a kicker.
For more information on the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award and to see the “Stars of the Week” throughout the season, please go to www.lougrozaaward.com. For even more updates on the best kicking performances throughout the season, follow @LouGrozaAward on Twitter.
The Lou Groza Award will be presented as part of the ESPN Home Depot College Football Awards in Atlanta, GA on Thursday, December 8th. The three finalists will be honored at the Silver Anniversary Lou Groza Collegiate Place Kicker Award Banquet on Monday, December 5th at the Marriott Hotel in Palm Beach Gardens, FL.
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 Award program, the Palm Beach County Sports Hall of Fame and the Kids Fitness Festival of the Palm Beaches. For more information on the Palm Beach County Sports Commission, go to www.palmbeachsports.com.