Stars of the Week
College football’s top kicking award, the Lou Groza Collegiate Place Kicker Award sponsored by the Palm Beach County Sports Commission recognizes three of the top kickers each week from FBS division (Div 1A) teams as the “Stars of the Week”.
Three field goals by Scott Blair were crucial to Georgia Tech’s come-from-behind 24-20 victory over Wake Forest in ACC action in Winston-Salem, North Carolina on Saturday. The senior from Calhoun, Georgia connected from 42, 45 and 47 yards and converted his only extra point try of the game. He has now made 56 consecutive PATs. Blair has made all seven of his field goal attempts this season, including four from 40 yards or longer. This was his 45th career game, which is a team high for the Yellow Jackets.
The Washington Huskies rode the leg of junior Erik Folk to down the USC Trojans in Pac-10 action at the Los Angeles Coliseum on Saturday. Folk endured two consecutive Trojan attempts to ice him with time outs before nailing a 32-yard field goal with no time remaining to give the Huskies a 32-31 win. The junior from the Los Angeles suburb of Woodland Hills thrilled some 40 family and friends in attendance as he also connected from 23, 35 and 41 yards and added two extra points on the day. Folk, a member of the Groza pre-season watch list, has yet to miss a field goal in seven tries.
Duke junior Will Snyderwine continued to show why he was a Groza Award watch list selection, getting the Blue Devils off to a 9-0 lead over Maryland on Saturday. The Potomac, Maryland native connected from 20, 34 and 40 yards, but the Terps defense held Duke to just one touchdown the rest of the way, taking a 21-16 ACC victory in College Park. Snyderwine is among the nation’s leaders, having made 9 of his 10 field goal tries this season. He is a perfect 16-for-16 in extra point tries and his 46 points lead the Blue Devils in scoring.
The Lou Groza Award finalists will be honored at the 19th Annual Lou Groza Awards Banquet on Tuesday December 7th at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach, Florida. For more information on the Groza Award and the Palm Beach County Sports Commission, visit www.palmbeachsports.com.
The presentation of the Lou Groza Place-Kicker Award will be featured on The Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards live on Thursday, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN. The show, hosted by ESPN’s Chris Fowler, Lee Corso and Kirk Herbstreit will feature the live presentation of nine player awards, along with the recipients of Disney’s Spirit Award; The Home Depot Coach of the Year Award, the NCFAA (National College Football Awards Association) Contributions to College Football Award; and student-athletes selected to the Walter Camp All-America Team. Fans can visit the show’s dedicated Web site at www.espncollegefootballawards.com to find the latest college football awards news, including show details, previous winners, fan voting, a photo gallery and video highlights.
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