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Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award

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Cole Hedlund

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Chase McGrath


Cole Tracy


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.”

Cole Hedlund started his final year off with a bang. The transfer from Arkansas was a perfect 4-for-4 on field goals to help North Texas to a 46-23 win over visiting SMU in Denton, Texas on Saturday. The Argyle, Texas native connected on a career high 51-yard bomb, added kicks from 41 and 40 yards out, and tacked on an 18 yarder. He was perfect on four PAT attempts for a 16-point game to take his place among the first-week FBS kicking leaders.

The top kicking performance of the first week of the season was turned in by Chase McGrath as the University of Southern California downed visiting UNLV 43-21 in Los Angeles, Calif. on Saturday. His five field goals tied the Trojan record for makes in a game. The sophomore from Newport Beach, Calif. Scored USC’s first 12 points in the game, ultimately connecting from 47, 46, 38, 36 and 29 yards. He added four extra points for a 19-point game, which puts him on top of the FBS kicker leaderboard.

Graduate-transfer kicker Cole Tracy has begun his final year of eligibility with a performance for his new school’s record books. In his first game for LSU after transferring from Assumption College, Tracy became the first Tiger kicker to make four field goals in his debut, including a school record-tying 54 yarder. The Camarillo, Calif. native added a 43 yarder and two kicks from 21 yards out as the Tigers dominated 8th ranked Miami 33-17 in Sunday night’s Advocare Classic at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. He added three PATs for a 15-point game.

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 6. The three finalists will be honored during a celebration in Palm Beach County, culminating with the 27th Annual Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award Banquet, presented by the Orange Bowl, on Monday, December 3.

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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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