Palm Beach County Sports Commission Presents

Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award

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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.



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Lou Groza Award Announces Charlie Partridge as Keynote Speaker

The Lou Groza Award is pleased to announce Florida Atlantic University Head Football Coach Charlie Partridge as the keynote speaker for the 23rd Annual Lou Groza Award Banquet. The event will be held on December 9, 2014 at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach, Florida. The night is highlighted by honoring the three finalists for the prestigious Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award. 

A native of nearby Plantation, Florida, Partridge brings a 16 year football coaching career back to his home state.  Currently in his first year as Head Coach of Florida Atlantic University’s football team, Coach Partridge joined the Owls after spending the past six years under head coach Bret Bielema with both Wisconsin and Arkansas. During his time under Bielema, Partridge was regarded as a top recruiter of South Florida-based players, bringing many of them to both Wisconsin and Arkansas.  At Arkansas, Partridge coached three different defensive linemen to all-conference honors.  Prior to Arkansas, Partridge spent five seasons at Wisconsin where he helped the Badgers win three straight Big Ten championships and to become the first Big Ten team to play in three straight Rose Bowls since Michigan following the 1976-78 seasons. Before the 2011 season, Patridge was promoted to associate head coach, co-defensive coordinator and defensive line coach after three seasons as the Badgers' defensive line and specialists coach.

Partridge’s football coaching resume also includes stints at Pittsburgh, Eastern Illinois, Iowa State, and Drake, where he graduated in 1995 after being an NSCA All-American defensive lineman and team captain. Partridge also received his master’s degree from Iowa State University, where he was named the program’s Director of Football Operations in 2000.

For more information or to reserve tickets for the 23rd Annual Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award Banquet please visit or call (561) 233-3180.



About the National College Football Awards Association

The Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award (www.LouGrozaAward) is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA). The NCFAA was founded in 1997 as a coalition of the major collegiate football awards to protect, preserve and enhance the integrity, influence and prestige of the game’s predominant awards. The NCFAA encourages professionalism and the highest standards for the administration of its member awards and the selection of their candidates and recipients. For more information, visit the association’s official Web site,


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 Awards program, the Sports Hall of Fame and the Kids Fitness Festival For more information on the Palm Beach County Sports Commission go to




More photos from this years banquet COMING SOON!






The video below is the announcement of the 2011 Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker winner during the Home Depot College Football Awards Show as broadcast live on national television on December 8, 2011. (Video supplied and used with permission of ESPN.)







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