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.

 

 

 

 

 

FSU Place-Kicker Roberto Aguayo

Wins the Lou Groza Award

 

 

WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. (December 12, 2013) – During Thursday night’s live The Home Depot College Football Awards, the Palm Beach County Sports Commission announced Florida State University freshman Roberto Aguayo as the winner of the 2013 National Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award.

"What an honor to be nominated and to win this prestigious award,” said Aguayo. “Thanks to the Palm Beach County Sports Commission and the Lou Groza Committee.”

Aguayo made 99.1% of his total kicks, going 19-for-20 on field goals and 90-for-90 on extra points. With Florida State’s BCS National Championship Game still to play, he’s in line to set the all-time FBS record for the most accurate total season by a kicker with at least 15 field goals and 30 extra points. The 90 extra points have shattered the FBS record for most consecutive PATs in one season, besting the old mark by a dozen. The Mascotte, Fla. native made the first 70 kicks of his career, setting the Seminoles’ all-time record for consecutive makes. His 147 points are the most by any kicker this season, the third-most by any player at any position, and set the single season record for both Florida State and the ACC.

Aguayo beat out Texas senior Anthony Fera and South Florida junior Marvin Kloss for the award. Fera’s 20-for-22 season is the best in Longhorns history by a kicker with at least 20 attempts. Kloss also had a great season, topping the nation with four field goals from 50 yards and eleven from 40.

Aguayo is the second freshman to ever win the Lou Groza Award, joining 2007 winner Thomas Weber of Arizona State. He is the third Florida State kicker to take home the trophy in the 22 year history of the award, joining two-time winner Sebastian Janikowski (1998, 1999) and Graham Gano (2008). The national panel of 750 voters is comprised of college football media, FBS coaches and SIDs, and previous Groza finalists.

 

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, www.NCFAA.org.

 

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 www.PalmBeachSports.com.

 

 

 

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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