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Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award

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Stars of the Week






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Daniel Carlson


Emilio Nadelman

South Florida

Jason Sanders

New Mexico

College football’s top kicking award, the Palm Beach County Sports Commission Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award presented by the Orange Bowl recognizes three of the top kickers each week from FBS division teams as the “Stars of the Week.”

Two-time Lou Groza Award finalist Daniel Carlson showed the leg strength that could have him kicking on Sundays next season making field goals of 54 and 52 yards to help Auburn defeat Missouri 51-14 in Columbia, MO on Saturday. The senior from Colorado Springs, CO has made three field goals of 50+ yards this season and a Tiger record 11 in his career. He also connected from 41 yards and, with his five extra points, extended his PAT streak to a school-record 155, second all-time in the SEC. His 15 points extended his school-record career scoring total to 392.  Carlson has scored 38 points this season to lead all Auburn players.

University of South Florida kicker Emilio Nadelman matched the school record with five made field goals in the Bulls’ 43-7 rout of Temple in Tampa on Thursday night. The senior from Miami, FL connected twice from 44 and from 37, 28, and 25 yards. He added four extra points to set a new USF single-game record for kick-scoring at 19 points. His season scoring total is 43 points to lead all Bulls players and ranks 4th in the nation among kickers. With 214 career points, Nadelman is now USF’s third all-time leading scorer.

There is no more pressure on a place-kicker than knowing the game rests on his leg, and senior Jason Sanders delivered by making a career-long 53-yard field goal with no time remaining to give New Mexico a 16-13 victory on the road over Tulsa on Saturday. Sanders' bomb was his third make of the game, and it came after a penalty moved the attempt back an extra five yards. The Orange, CA native also scored from 39 and 34 yards out and made his only extra point attempt. His 10-point game brought his season total to 26 which leads the Lobos.

The Award is named for National Football League Hall of Fame kicker Lou “The Toe” Groza, who played 21 seasons with the Cleveland Browns. Groza won four NFL championships with Cleveland and was named NFL Player of the Year in 1954. Although an All-Pro offensive lineman as well, Groza ushered in the notion that there should be a place on an NFL roster for a kicker.

For more information on the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award and to see the “Stars of the Week” throughout the season, please go to For even more updates on the best kicking performances throughout the season, follow @LouGrozaAward on Twitter.

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.

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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




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