Stars of the Week
*This voting poll does not count towards actual award winner.
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.”
Matt Anderson made amends for a last-second miss in regulation with his 28-yard field goal to end it in California’s 52-49 double overtime defeat of Oregon in Berkeley, CA on Friday night. The junior from Danville, CA also connected from 37 and 22 yards earlier in the game to tie his career high with three makes in a game. His season total of 13 made field goals ties him for fifth in the nation. Anderson added five PATs for a 14-point game to bring his season total to 74, which leads the Bears in scoring and is tied for third among FBS kickers.
Austin MacGinnis showed his strong leg with a 51-yard missile as time expired to give Kentucky a thrilling 40-38 victory over Mississippi State in SEC action in Lexington, KY on Saturday. The junior from Wedowee, AL also made a 46 yarder and hit twice from 32 yards earlier in the game. He has hit four of seven attempts from 50+ yards in his career. MacGinnis added two extra points, making him the first kicker in school history to record two 15-point games in a career and the first Wildcats' kicker since 1992 to score 15 in an SEC game. He leads all Kentucky scorers with 47 points and is just the third player in school history to reach the 200-point mark before his senior season.
Utah kicker Andy Phillips’ 14 points were vital to the Utes’ 52-45 road victory over UCLA in Pac-12 action at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA on Saturday. The senior from Draper, UT made two field goals of 45 yards and then connected from 46 to give the Utes a lead they would not relinquish. Phillips, who has been a Groza Award semifinalist in each of his three years at Utah, added five PATs. He has made 13 of his 16 field goal attempts this season, which puts him in the top five nationally for made kicks. His 65 points lead all Utah players in scoring and rank him among the top-15 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.
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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.