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Matt Gay


Logan Justus


Andre Szmyt


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.” This week’s Stars were selected from among the 20 semifinalists.

2017 Lou Groza Award winner Matt Gay’s six field goals set a school record in Utah’s 32-25 defeat of Oregon in Pac-12 action at Salt Lake City on Saturday. With 20 points, Gay also tied the school record for kick-scoring in a game. The senior from Orem, Utah also increased his own school record by making the sixth kick in the 50+ range of his career, when he connected from 55 yards out. He added makes of 41, 35, 24, 21 and 20 yards and two PATs. Gay’s 20 field goals rank third in the nation this season. He has not missed a PAT in 35 tries. His 95 points lead all Utes in scoring and rank fourth among FBS kickers.

Indiana junior Logan Justus’ 42-yard field goal with 2:32 remaining was the game-winner in the Hoosiers’ 34-32 defeat of Maryland in Big Ten action in Bloomington, Indiana on Saturday. The McCordsville, Indiana native also connected from 23 yards, and made all four PAT attempts. Justus is 13-for-15 on field goals this season and 27-for-28 on extra point tries. His 66 points lead all Hoosier players in scoring.

Freshman Andre Szmyt has matched the ACC record for field goals in a season, after making four in Syracuse’s 54-23 defeat of Louisville at home on Friday. He now has 27 this year, five more than any other FBS kicker. The Vernon Hills, Illinois native scored from 39, 38, 35 and 31 yards out, and made all six extra point attempts for an 18-point game. Szmyt is 27-for-29 on field goals and 51-for-51 on extra points. His 132 points are the most by any player in FBS this season and set a new Syracuse scoring record.

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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