Palm Beach County Sports Commission Presents

Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award

Palm Beach Sports


During the past 20 years, many things have helped mold college football into the game that it is today. Near the top of that list is the increased importance of the kicking game.

It used to be that place-kickers were local, non-scholarship athletes who made good. Now, top high school and prep kickers are as highly recruited as some quarterbacks and wide receivers.

With national championships often won or lost on one swing of the leg, the importance of having a top kicker cannot be understated.

The Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award annually recognizes college football’s top place-kicker.









Lou Groza Award

Announces Final Three


WEST PALM BEACH— The national panel of college football experts assembled by the Palm Beach County Sports Commission has selected the three finalists for the 26th Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award. Daniel Carlson of Auburn, Dominik Eberle of Utah State, and Matt Gay of Utah will vie for the honor.


Carlson, a senior from Colorado Springs, Colorado, is the first player to ever be voted a finalist for the Groza three times. With 19 field goals this year, his career total stands at 88, tied for the second-most ever in a collegiate career. His 108 points, tied for third-most among FBS kickers this season, give him 460 for his career, the scoring record not only at Auburn but in SEC history. He is tied for 2nd in FBS this season with 4 field goals from over 50 yards, a total he has reached in each of the last three years. He has not missed an extra point in his career, an SEC record 191 straight attempts.



Eberle, a sophomore from Nuremberg, Germany, is poised to set the Utah State record for field goal accuracy, finishing a season in which he has made 16-of-18 attempts thus far. Included in that total is a 52 yarder that is the longest field goal by an FBS kicker who has made at least 87% of his attempts. That kick came as part of a performance in which he went 4-for-4 on field goals and 7-for-7 on PATs, totaling 19 points to tie for the highest scoring game by a kicker in FBS this season.



Gay, a junior from Orem, Utah, leads the nation with 25 made field goals, four more   than the next closest kicker and a new Utah single-season record. That mark includes 5 field goals from over 50 yards, the most in the nation. Two of those long-distance kicks came from 56 yards, tied for the longest FGs by regular FBS kickers. He has 16 field goals from at least 30 yards, a total that ties for the national lead. Together with a 33-for-33 PAT season, he has 118 points to tie for the third-highest total in FBS. He has made at least 3 field goals in five games this year, scoring at least a 12 points six times.



This year, fans can have their part in naming the winner of the Lou Groza Award.  Fans can visit and cast a vote for their favorite of the three finalists selected by the national panel of voters. The finalist who receives the greatest total of fan votes will be given one vote on the final ballot. One vote can make a difference on the outcome, so fans are encouraged to participate. 

The three Lou Groza Award finalists will be highlighted on ESPNU during The Home Depot College Football Awards Nomination Special airing Tuesday, Nov. 21 at 6:30 p.m. ET.

The Lou Groza Award will be presented live as part of the ESPN Home Depot College Football Awards Show in Atlanta, GA on Thursday, December 7. The three finalists will be honored during a celebration in Palm Beach County, culminating with the 26th Annual Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award Banquet, presented by the Orange Bowl, on Monday, December 4.


National College Football Awards Association

The Lou Groza Award is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA), which encompasses college football’s most prestigious awards. Founded in 1997, the NCFAA and its 22 awards now boast over 800 recipients, dating to 1935.  Visit 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

For more information regarding the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award, please visit, or follow @LouGrozaAward on Twitter for updates as they happen.  Additional information can be obtained by contacting Kris Pursell, Director of Event Operations at the Palm Beach County Sports Commission at (561) 233-3124 or


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Photos from this years banquet!







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