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.”
San Diego State sophomore John Baron II continued a late-season rush with his third straight multiple field goal game in the Aztecs’ 46-16 victory over Nevada in Mountain West Conference action in Reno, NV on Saturday. The Temecula, CA native connected from 31 and 28 yards and added four extra points. He has made 14 of his 16 field goal attempts this season and had a string of 10 consecutive makes snapped last week on a 51-yard attempt. His 84 points are tied for the team lead.
Senior kicker Younghoe Koo moved up the leaderboards by kicking two field goals in Georgia Southern’s 33-26 Sun Belt loss to Louisiana Lafayette in Statesboro, GA on Thursday night. Koo had makes of 39 and 27 yards to bring his season field goal total to 18-for-19. He is only the second kicker in Eagles’ team history to make as many as 18 field goals in a single season. His 94.7% conversion rate is fourth in the FBS. The Ridgewood, NJ native added two extra points to bring his season total to 75, most among all Georgia Southern players.
Gary Wunderlich earned his second consecutive Star of the Week selection by kicking a 39-yard game-winner, the first of his career, in Mississippi’s 29-28 upset of Texas A&M in SEC action at College Station, TX on Saturday. The junior from Memphis, TN also scored from 25 and 24 yards. He has made 19 of his 20 field goals on the season, which ties him for fifth in the nation in made kicks. His 95% accuracy is third among FBS kickers, second among those with 20 attempts. Wunderlich added two PATs to bring his season scoring total to 94 points, which leads all Rebel scorers and ties him for sixth among FBS kickers.
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.