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Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award

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Gabe Brkic


Blake Mazza

Washington State

Jonathan Song


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.

A 31-yard field goal with less than two minutes remaining by freshman Gabe Brkic gave Oklahoma the biggest comeback victory in school history Saturday night. After spotting Baylor a 28-3 lead, the Sooners roared back to stun the Bears 34-31 in the crucial Big 12 road game in Waco, Texas. Brkic began the scoring with a 39 yarder in the first quarter and made all three of his extra point attempts. The Chardon, Ohio native improved his perfect season to 12-for-12 on field goals and 37-for-37 on PATs. The 49 attempts are the second-most by an FBS kicker yet to miss this season.

Washington State sophomore Blake Mazza’s three field goals helped the Cougars to a 49-22 victory over Stanford in Pullman, Wash. in Pac-12 action on Saturday night. The Plano, Texas native had makes of 38 and twice from 35 yards to bring his season total to 18-for-18 on the season, the most by an FBS kicker still perfect on the year. The 18 field goals also tie him for 6th in Washington State single-season history and place him in the top ten among FBS kickers this year. He made 4 PATs for a 13-point game to bring his total to a team-leading 99 for the season.

TCU senior Jonathan Song’s fourth field goal of the day lifted the Horned Frogs to a 33-31 defeat of Texas Tech in Big 12 action in Lubbock, Texas on Saturday. The Fort Worth, Texas native moved to third among FBS kickers with makes of 36, 28, 25, and 20 yards to bring his season total to 21-for-22. Song is 38-for-42 in his TCU career and 37-for-38 on kicks of 40 yards and in. His three PATs gave him a 15-point game, the most among Groza Award semifinalists for the week.  He has not missed a conversion try in 34 attempts and his team-leading 97 points place him third in scoring by FBS kickers.

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 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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