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Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award

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Ricky Aguayo

Florida State

Connor Assalley

Iowa State

John Baron

San Diego State

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.”

Florida State kicker Ricky Aguayo found his form, making three field goals in a game for the fifth time in his career, in the Seminoles’ 37-19 defeat of visiting Northern Illinois in Tallahassee, Florida on Saturday. He had missed three of his first four attempts this season. A preseason Watch List selection, the junior from Mascotte, Florida was a perfect 3-for-3 on the day, connecting twice from 42 yards as well as a 50 yarder on the last play of the first half. He converted all four of his extra point tries for a 13-point game. 

Sophomore kicker Connor Assalley’s leg was the difference in Iowa State’s 26-13 defeat of Akron in Ames, Iowa on Saturday. He was a perfect 4-for-4 with field goals of 37, 33, 29 and 27 yards. The Naperville, Illinois native made both extra point tries for a 14-point game, including all 9 of the team’s second-half points. In his first year as the Cyclone kicker, Assalley’s career is off to a stellar beginning, making all seven field goal tries this season. His 26 points lead the team in scoring.

San Diego State kicker John Baron tied the game with a 50-yard field goal with just over a minute left, and then booted a 38-yard game-winner, as the Aztecs defeated visiting Eastern Michigan 23-20 in overtime on Saturday. The senior from Temecula, California, a 2016 Groza semifinalist, also started the scoring with a 34-yard kick. Baron is 3-for-3 from 50 yards this season with a long of 54. He made both his PAT attempts for an 11-point game. He is 8-for-9 on field goals this season, which ties him for fifth-most in FBS, while his 31 points lead team 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 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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