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Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award

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2018 Top 3 Finalists

Lou Groza National Collegiate Place-Kicker Award 
Announces 2018 Top 3 Finalists

 

Lou Groza Award Announces Final Three

 

WEST PALM BEACH— The national panel of college football experts assembled by the Palm Beach County Sports Commission has selected the three finalists for the 27th Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award. Cooper Rothe of Wyoming, Andre Szmyt of Syracuse, and Cole Tracy of LSU will vie for the honor.

 

Rothe, a junior from Longmont, Colorado, ranks second in the nation in field goal accuracy among qualified FBS kickers, going 15-for-16 thus far. Included in that total is a 51 yarder, making him one of only two kickers in the nation to make a long-distance field goal while still connecting at better than 90% on total attempts. Among FBS kickers who qualified for accuracy leaderboards in each of the last two seasons, his combined 88.2% field goal conversion rate is second in the nation.

 

Szmyt, a freshman from Vernon Hills, Illinois, leads the nation with 28 made field goals, five more than the next closest kicker and a new ACC single-season record. At 28-for-31 thus far, he rates highly in accuracy as well, ranking 3rd in the nation among kickers with more a dozen attempts. The total includes a perfect 3-for-3 on long-distance kicks including a 54-yard make. Combined with his 51-for-51 mark on PATs, he has already set a Syracuse single-season scoring record with 135 points, making him the leading scorer in all of FBS.

 

Tracy, a senior from Camarillo, California, ranks third in FBS with 22 made field goals, part of a 22-for-25 campaign that ranks 7th in accuracy among kickers with more than a dozen attempts. Two of his three misses came on 53-yard attempts, both shorter than the 54 yarder he made as part of a 4-for-4 FBS debut, after setting the Division II record for points-per-game by a kicker last season. He made the first final-play, game-winning kick in LSU history, knocking home a 42 yarder on the road against Auburn for a 22-21 victory.

 

This year, fans can have their part in naming the winner of the Lou Groza Award.  Fans can visit www.lougrozaaward.com and cast a vote for their favorite of the three finalists selected by the national panel of voters. The finalist who receives the greatest total of fan votes will be given one vote on the final ballot. One vote can make a difference in the final outcome so fans are encouraged to participate. 

The three finalists will be honored at the 27th Annual Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Awards Banquet, presented by the Orange Bowl, on Monday, December 3rd at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach, Florida.  For more information on the Lou Groza Award and the Palm Beach County Sports Commission, visit www.palmbeachsports.com.

The three Lou Groza Award finalists will be highlighted on ESPNU during The Home Depot College Football Awards Nomination Special airing Tuesday, Nov. 20 at 2:30 p.m. ET.

This year’s Lou Groza Award winner will be revealed on ESPN during The Home Depot College Football Awards Show airing live from the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta on Thursday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. ET.

The Lou Groza Award is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA) which encompasses the most prestigious awards in college football. The 24 awards boast over 750 years of tradition-selection excellence. Visit www.NCFAA.org to learn more about our story.

 

About 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 www.palmbeachsports.com

 

For more information regarding the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award, please visit LouGrozaAward.com, or follow @LouGrozaAward on Twitter for updates as they happen.  Additional information can be obtained by contacting Kris Pursell, Director of Event Operations at the Palm Beach County Sports Commission at (561) 233-3124 or kpursell@palmbeachsports.com.

 

VOTING IS NOW CLOSED. Thank you for voting.

* Fan votes will count toward naming the winner of the Lou Groza Award.  Those interested should cast a vote for their favorite among the three finalists selected by the national panel of voters. Fans may vote once daily.  The finalist who receives the greatest total of fan votes will be given one vote on the final ballot. Votes will only count if recieved by 11:59 PM November 29, 2018.  One vote can make a difference in the final outcome so fans are encouraged to participate. 

 

 

 

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