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Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award

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Stars of the Week








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Drew Brown


Logan Laurent


Jet Toner


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.”

Drew Brown contributed 13 points to Nebraska’s 25-24 come-from-behind defeat of Purdue in Big Ten action in West Lafayette, IN on Saturday night. Brown made four field goals, scoring from 44, 37, 25 and 21 yards out, and converted his only extra point try. With his four field goals, the senior from Southlake, TX increased his career field goal total to 57, tying his brother, Kris, for second place on the Huskers career field goals list. Brown has made 10 of 12 field goals this season and has not missed an extra point in 24 tries. His 54 points lead all Nebraska players in scoring.

UMass hadn’t seen much reason to cheer its kicking game this season until Saturday when Logan Laurent connected from 45 yards out with just five seconds left in regulation to tie the game and then split the uprights from 36 yards to give the Minutemen a 30-27 double-overtime victory over Appalachian State in Amherst, MA. The game-tying kick sent Massachusetts to overtime for the first time as an FBS program and the winner gave the school its first overtime triumph since 2007. Laurent, a senior from Temecula, CA who began the year as the team’s punter and took over place-kicking duties three games ago, also made a career-long 47 yarder.

Stanford kicker Jet Toner missed an early field goal try but atoned by making three others in the Cardinal’s 15-14 road win over Oregon State in Pac-12 action in Corvallis, OR on Thursday night. The sophomore from Honolulu, HI connected twice from 40 yards out and once from 33 to bring his season total to 15-for-17 on field goals, tied for fourth most in FBS. He has not missed on his 33 PAT attempts and his 78 points lead all Cardinal players in scoring. The win kept Stanford in the conference race and made them bowl eligible for the ninth consecutive season.

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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