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.”
It was a career performance for two-time Lou Groza Award semifinalist Zane Gonzalez in Arizona State’s 32-28 defeat of UTSA in San Antonio, TX on Friday night. Gonzalez set career and school records with two career-long 54-yard field goals as well as makes from 45 and 26 yards. The Deer Park, TX native is the first ASU kicker to make multiple field goals from 50+ yards in a game and he narrowly missed a third from that range (53), his only missed field goal of the season in nine attempts. He added two extra points for 14 on the night, giving him the Pac-12 career scoring record with 424.
Ryan Kay’s fourth quarter field goal was vital in ensuring Troy’s 37-31 upset of Southern Miss in Hattiesburg, MS on Saturday. The senior’s late 43 yard kick meant the charging Golden Eagles would need a touchdown at the end, which the Trojans defense prevented. The Jonesboro, GA native also connected from 42 and 39 yards earlier for his first career three field goal game. He made all four extra point tries for 13 total points, bringing his season mark to 26 to lead the Trojans in scoring. Kay also handles Troy’s punting duties, averaging 42.5 yards on the season.
Texas A&M kicker Daniel LaCamera became the first freshman in school history to make five field goals in a single game and his consistent performance was crucial to the Aggies’ 29-16 defeat of the Auburn Tigers in their SEC opener in Auburn, AL on Saturday. The Tarpon Springs, FL native scored from 46, 35, 31, 26 and 25 yards and added two extra points. LaCamera missed his first field goal attempt in the first game of the season but has made nine in a row since. His 41 points lead all Texas A&M players in scoring and place him second 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.