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Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award

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Stars of the Week






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Bailey Hale

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Jared Sackett


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.”

Bailey Hale’s five field goals helped spark Louisiana Tech to overcome a 21-6 deficit and defeat North Texas 29-27 in Denton, Texas on Saturday. With a career-long 42 yarder, two kicks from 28 yards, plus makes from 37 and 22 yards, the junior from Iowa Park, Texas tied the school record for field goals in a single game. He added two extra points for a 17-point game, the most by a kicker in the nation this week. Hale is 7-for-8 on field goals this season and his 36 points lead all Bulldog scorers.

UTSA kicker Jared Sackett booted a career-long 51-yard field goal and added makes of 47 and 39 yards to help the Roadrunners to a 30-21 defeat of UTEP in their Conference USA opener in San Antonio on Saturday. The 51 yarder was the second-longest kick in school history. The sophomore from Fort Worth, Texas added three PATs for a 12-point game. Sackett, who tied for the most field goals by a freshman last season, has made 9 of his 11 attempts this year, tied for fourth among all FBS kickers. His 37 points lead UTSA in scoring.

Clemson came from behind for a 27-23 victory over Syracuse to spoil yet another solid performance by Orange kicker Andre Szmyt on the road in Clemson, S.C. on Saturday. The freshman from Vernon Hills, Illinois. connected from 35, 32 and a career-long 51 yards, and converted two extra points. Szmyt’s career is off to a stellar beginning, having made multiple kicks in every game on his way to a national-best 13 field goals. His 65 points lead the nation in kick-scoring and rank fourth among all players at any position.

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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