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.”
Sophomore kicker Parker Davidson’s first career four field goal performance was crucial to New Mexico State’s 32-31 come-from-behind victory over New Mexico in the Rio Grande Rivalry in Las Cruces, NM on Saturday. It was the first Aggie win over the Lobos since 2011. The Plano, TX native connected on a career-long 45 yarder and also scored from 41, 37 and 30 yards. He added two extra points for a 14-point game. After two games this season Davidson is 5-for-5 on field goals, already reaching half of his 2015 season total.
Indiana’s 2015 All-Big Ten kicker Griffin Oakes turned in another reliable performance on Saturday, scoring twelve points on three field goals and three extra points in the Hoosiers’ 30-20 defeat of non-conference intrastate rival Ball State. A 2016 Lou Groza Award watch list selection, the Greenwood, IN native connected from 49, 41 and 29 yards to give him his seventh career game with three or more field goals. He is 4-of-5 on field goals after two games.
Freshman Louie Zervos turned in the best kicking performance of the week in Ohio’s 37-21 defeat of Kansas in Lawrence, KS on Saturday. He made all five of his field goal attempts, hitting from a career-long 46 as well as 26, 25 and twice from 22 yards out. He added two extra points for a 17-point performance. The Tarpon Springs, FL native becomes the first kicker in Ohio history to go 5-for-5 on field goals in a game. His nine field goals and 33 points are both the most by any FBS kicker this season.
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
The Lou Groza Award is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA) which encompasses the most prestigious awards in college football. The 22 awards boast 722 years of tradition-selection excellence. Visit www.NCFAA.org to learn more about our story.
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.