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Daniel Carlson


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Garrett Owens

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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.”

The new SEC career scoring leader is two-time Lou Groza Award finalist Daniel Carlson, who added 14 points in Auburn’s 44-23 victory over Ole Miss in Auburn. The total moved him ahead of former Groza finalist Blair Walsh atop the list with 413 career points. The senior from Colorado Springs, CO made field goals of 49, 35, and 25 yards and was 5-of-5 on extra points to extend his career-long perfect streak to 167, already another SEC record. Carlson has made 11 field goals this season to extend his school record for makes to 80, the most by an active kicker and tied for 9th in FBS history. His 59 points this season place him fifth among FBS kickers.

It was a record performance for senior kicker Austin MacGinnis, who scored 16 points in Kentucky’s 40-34 defeat of Missouri in Lexington, KY on Saturday night. He became UK’s all-time career scoring leader with 314 points and tied his career-best for points in a game. The Wedowee, AL native made a 53-yarder for the go-ahead score in the fourth quarter and became the first player in school history with three field goals in his career of at least 53 yards. He added makes of 35, 21 and 20 yards and was 4-for-4 on extra point tries. He has made 13 field goals this season, which is tied for second among all FBS kickers, and leads the Wildcats in scoring with 57 points.

If Iowa State was going to get its first-ever road win against a top-5 opponent, the Cyclones needed to be perfect in all aspects of the game, including special teams. Kicker Garrett Owens came through, scoring a dozen points in Iowa State’s stunning 38-31 defeat of #3 Oklahoma on Saturday. The senior from Arroyo Grande, CA was 3-for-3 on field goal attempts from 25, 32, and a season-long 42 yards out. With field goals both to end the first half and to open the second, Owens kept the game close enough for a late onslaught of touchdowns to secure the upset. The Oregon State transfer is 7-for-8 on field goals this season to bring his career total to 39. His 41 points lead all Cyclone players in scoring.

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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