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Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award

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Matt Coghlin

Michigan State

Logan Justus


Eric Sachse

Boise State

Jonathan Song


WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – 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.”

2018 Groza Award semifinalist Matt Coghlin started his season by tying his career record with four field goals as Michigan State defeated Tulsa 28-7 in East Lansing, Mich. on Friday night. The junior from Cincinnati connected from 47, 44, 40 and 38 yards out and converted both PAT attempts for a 14-point game. He was one of only two kickers to make three kicks from at least 40 yards in the season’s opening week.

Indiana senior Logan Justus’ four field goals were more than the difference in the Indiana’s 34-24 defeat of in-state rival Ball State in Indianapolis on Saturday. His 48 yarder in the first quarter set a career-long which he then bettered twice more with boots of 49 and 50 yards. The McCordsville, Ind. native also connected from 30 yards and added two extra points for a 14-point game. The four field goals are a new high for the 2018 Groza semifinalist and tied the school single-game mark.

It was a record-breaking debut for Boise State senior Eric Sachse, who booted five field goals in the Broncos’ 36-31 upset of Florida State in Tallahassee, Fla. on Saturday. The Holden, Mass. native became the first Bronco kicker to make five field goals in his first game, connecting from 41, 36, 36, 30 and 26 yards. It was just the third 5-FG game in school history, and the first since 1985. He added three extra points for a total of 18 that leads all FBS kickers.

Senior Jonathan Song set a career mark by kicking five field goals to help TCU to a 39-7 defeat of Arkansas-Pine Bluff in Fort Worth, Texas on Saturday. The Fort Worth native scored from 38, 36, 34, 24 and 19 yards out, the most field goals by a Horned Frog since 2012. He made both of his PAT attempts for a 17-point game, the fourth-best total by a kicker in school history.

The Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker 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 12. The three finalists will be honored during a celebration in Palm Beach County, culminating with the 28th Annual Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award Banquet, presented by the Orange Bowl, on Monday, December 9.


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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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