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Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award

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Stars of the Week

Week 8
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Alex Henery
Nebraska

Derek  DePasquale
Mississippi State

Kevin Goessling
Fresno State

 

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”.

Mississippi State senior Derek DePasquale kicked his first five field goals of the season to lead the 24th ranked Bulldogs to a 29-24 win in Starkville, Mississippi Saturday. A native of The Woodlands, Texas, DePasquale connected twice from 29 yards and from 28, 39 and 43 yards. He has missed four games this season sharing the place kicking duties on the team. His five field goal performance ties the Bulldog school record and the win makes Mississippi State bowl eligible for the first time since 2007.

2009 Lou Groza semi-finalist Kevin Goessling kicked a career-high four field goals Saturday in Fresno State’s 33-18 Western Athletic Conference victory at San Jose State. It marked the first time a Bulldog hit four in a game since 2002. The Placentia, California native connected from 29, 37, 43 and 44 yards out, and extended his school record for successful PATs to 116 straight. Goessling has connected on 11 of his 13 attempts this season.

Nebraska’s Alex Henery has not missed a kick of any kind this season. With his three field goals in the Cornhuskers 51-41 defeat of Oklahoma State in Stillwater, Oklahoma last Saturday, he improved to 9 of 9 field goals and 35 of 35 PATs. Henery continued to add to his legend as the best kicker in NU history, connecting from 32, 45 and 52 yards. His 59 field goals are the most in school history. The senior from Omaha was also a perfect 6-for-6 on PATs to finish the day with 15 points. The 2009 Groza semi-finalist also handles punting duties and set up the game’s opening touchdown by running 27 yards for a first down on a fake punt.

The Lou Groza Award finalists will be honored at the 19th Annual Lou Groza Awards Banquet on Tuesday, December 7 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.  



Week 7
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Lou Groza National Collegiate Place Kicker Award

 “Stars of the Week”

  10/18/10

 

Aaron Jones
Baylor

Dan Conroy
Michigan State

Nate Freese
Boston College

 

 

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”.

It’s the second Star of the Week selection of the season for Michigan State sophomore Dan Conroy, who connected on a career-high four field goals in the Spartans’ 26-6 defeat of Illinois in East Lansing on Saturday. The Spartans are perfect on the year at 7-0 (3-0) and Conroy is a perfect 13-13 in field goals, third in the nation in field goals made and the best start by a place kicker in school history. The Wheaton, Ill. native connected from 18, 32, 34 and 37 yards. Conroy chose to walk on at Michigan State rather than accept a scholarship from Western Michigan. He has since earned his scholarship from the Spartans.

Redshirt freshman Nate Freese has had a stellar beginning to his career at Boston College. He kicked four field goals in the Eagle’s 24-19 loss to Florida State at Tallahassee on Saturday to improve his season to 12-for-14, tying him for the fourth highest total in the nation. The Strongsville, Ohio native connected from 28, 33, 37 and 38 yards. After six games he is averaging two field goals per game. Freese, a bright spot on a struggling Boston College team that has lost four games in a row, is also a perfect 11-11 in PATs.

Baylor University redshirt freshman Aaron Jones is second in the nation in field goals made after his performance in Saturday’s 31-25 defeat of Colorado in Boulder. He has hit 14 of his 17 attempts.   Jones tied his career high with a 50-yard field goal as time expired in the first half; his previous 50-yard field goal also came as time expired in the first half versus Kansas earlier this season. The Crowley, Texas native also connected from 25 and 38 yards and added two extra points. He is a perfect 26-26 in PATs and leads the Bears in scoring with 68 points.

The Lou Groza Award will be presented as part of the ESPN Home Depot College Football Awards Show in Orlando, Florida on Thursday December 9th. The three finalists will be feted 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.

 

Week 6
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Lou Groza National Collegiate Place Kicker Award

 “Stars of the Week”

  10/11/10

 

Dan Bailey
Oklahoma State

Derek Dimke
Illinois

Danny Hrapmann
Southern Miss

 

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”.

It was a career day for senior Dan Bailey in Oklahoma State’s 54-28 thumping of Louisiana-Lafayette in Lafayette Saturday. He was a perfect 4-for-4 in field goals and converted six extra points. Bailey twice connected from a career-long 52 yards and added scores from 25 and 47 yards out. The Mustang, Oklahoma native has never missed a PAT try in his Cowboy career, setting a school record by making all 163 attempts. He has hit all 11 of his field goal tries this season, the second highest total by a kicker who has yet to miss.

Derek Dimke was the kicking star in Illinois’ 33-13 victory at Penn State Saturday, the first ever win by the Fighting Illini in Happy Valley. The junior from Rockford, Illinois was a perfect 4-for-4, connecting from 31, 37, 41 and 50 yards to improve his season total to 10 of 11 field goal attempts. He is 15-of-16 in his career at Illinois. Dimke added three PATs to improve to 12-of-12 this season. He has never missed an extra point try, and leads the team in scoring with 42 points. 

University of Southern Mississippi junior Danny Hrapmann moved to number one in the nation in field goals made with his team-record 5-for-5 performance against East Carolina on Saturday, but the Golden Eagles came up on the short end of a 44-43 shoot out in Hattiesburg. The New Orleans native connected twice from 49 yards, twice from 39 and once from 28 yards out, adding 4 PATs to improve to 19-for-19. Hrapmann’s season total improved to 14 of 14 field goals made, and he has hit 16 straight dating back to last season. It is the longest Southern Miss field goal streak since 1995. His 61 points lead the team 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.

 

 

Week 5
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Lou Groza National Collegiate Place Kicker Award

 “Stars of the Week”

  10/04/10

 

Scott Blair
Georgia Tech

Erik Folk
Washington

Will Snyderwine
Duke

 

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.  

 

Week 4
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Lou Groza National Collegiate Place Kicker Award

 “Stars of the Week”

 9/27/10

 

Dakota Warren
UTEP

Collin Wagner
Penn State

Nate Whitaker
Stanford

 

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”.

Dakota Warren booted two field goals from beyond 50 yards to keep UTEP close to the Memphis Tigers, and chipped in a third as time expired to give the Miners a 16-13 Conference USA victory. The sophomore from Austin, Texas opened UTEP’s scoring with a 57 yard field goal, tied the game with a 50-yarder with just over five minutes to play, and won it from 18 yards out. Warren is the first Miner to make two field goals from 50 yards or more since 1988, and the first UTEP kicker to convert three field goals in a game since 2007 Lou Groza Award finalist Jose Martinez.

Collin Wagner is positioning himself as a strong contender for the Groza with his second “Star of the Week” selection of the season. The Penn State senior tied the school record with five field goals in Saturday’s 22-13 defeat of Temple at State College, Pa. The State College native connected from 21, 32, 32, 42 and 45 yards to improve his season totals to 10 of 12 field goals tries. That mark ties him for the national lead in field goals made. His 38 points lead the 3-1 Nittany Lions in scoring.

It was a successful homecoming of sorts for Stanford senior Nate Whitaker, kicking a career-high five field goals in the Cardinal’s 37-14 defeat of Notre Dame at South Bend last Saturday. Whitaker, a former Irish walk-on who transferred to Stanford in 2008, connected from 24, 29, 33, 36 and 41 yards. A member of the Groza pre-season watch list, the San Diego native is a perfect 8-for-8 on the year and has made 13 straight field goals dating back to last season. 

The 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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Lou Groza National Collegiate Place Kicker Award

 “Stars of the Week”

  9/20/10

 

Scott Blair
Georgia Tech

Trey Farqu

 

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