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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UCLA Place-Kicker Ka‘imi Fairbairn

Wins the Lou Groza Award

 

During Thursday night’s live Home Depot College Football Awards, the Palm Beach County Sports Commission announced UCLA Senior Ka‘imi Fairbairn as the winner of the 2015 National Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award.

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

In 2015, Ka‘imi Fairbairn became the all-time scoring leader for the Pac-12 Conference, where football has been played for 100 years.  He is also the only football player to score over 400 points in the history of the Pac-12 Conference, and the only Bruin to record 4 consecutive 100 point seasons at the University of California Los Angeles, which has fielded a football team for 96 years.  During the 2015 season, he made 20 field goals, including one from 60 yards, which is a UCLA record, and was perfect on his 44 point after touchdown kicks.

Fairbairn’s most memorable game of the season came on October 22, when he led the Bruins to a 40 to 24 victory over the 20th ranked California Golden Bears.  During the game, Fairbairn made four field goals, including the 60 yarder at the halftime gun, which is the second longest field goal in Pac-12 history.

The Hawaii native is the second Groza winner from UCLA, following 2009 winner, Kai Forbath. The national panel of 750 voters is comprised of college football media, FBS coaches and SIDs, and previous Groza finalists.

The award is named in honor of one of the all-time great kickers in football history, Lou Groza. Groza played 21 seasons for the Cleveland Browns setting numerous franchise records, including most games played, most points scored, and an amazing 107 consecutive games in which he scored a point. Groza was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1974.

 

 

National College Football Awards Association

The Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA) which encompasses the most prestigious awards in college football. The 22 awards boast over 700 years of tradition-selection excellence. Visit www.NCFAA.org to learn more about our story.

Beginning in 2015, The Home Depot College Football Awards will have a new home at the College Football Hall of Fame and Chick-fil-A Fan Experience in downtown Atlanta. Airing live on ESPN on December 10, 2015, college football's brightest stars will be honored for their performance on and off the field.

 

 

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.

 

 

Photos from this years banquet!

 

 

 

                

 

 

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