Palm Beach County Sports Commission Presents

Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award

Palm Beach Sports

Stars of the Week

10/13/20
 

 

 

 

 

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Anders Carlson

Auburn

Jack Podlesny

Georgia

Jake Verity

East Carolina

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.”

Second chances mean everything. After missing a 34-yard field goal in the 4th quarter, Auburn kicker Anders Carlson connected from 39 yards with twenty seconds left to play to lift the Tigers to a 30-28 victory over Arkansas in SEC action in Auburn, Ala. on Saturday. The junior from Colorado Springs, Colo. also scored from 47 and 25 yards and made three PATs for a twelve point game. His 21 points lead all Tiger players in scoring and with 212 for his career, he moved to 12th all-time at Auburn. Anders is the younger brother of three-time Lou Groza Award finalist Daniel Carlson.

Georgia sophomore Jack Podlesny kicked two career-long field goals in Georgia’s 44-21 SEC victory over Tennessee on Saturday in Athens, Ga.  The St. Simons Island, Ga. native kicked a 47 yarder to give the Bulldogs the lead at 17-14 to set his first mark and then, after also connecting from 25 yards, set a new long at 51 yards to regain the lead at 23-21. That one is the longest by a Georgia kicker since the 53-yard boot by reigning Groza winner Rodrigo Blankenship in 2018.  He is already 7-for-8 on field goals in the brief SEC season. With five PATs, the 14-point game brings his season total to a team-leading 32.

East Carolina senior Jake Verity became the Pirates’ all-time leading scorer by making three field goals and five extra points in their 44-24 road win over South Florida in AAC action in Tampa on Saturday. The 2019 Lou Groza Award semifinalist from Bremen, Ga. connected from 42, 37 and 25 yards. His 14 points brought his season total to a team-leading 29 and his career total to 309. Verity is the fifth kicker in AAC history to score over 300 career points, and is the active leader among FBS kickers with 66 career field goals.

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 www.lougrozaaward.com. For even more updates on the best kicking performances throughout the season, follow @LouGrozaAward on Twitter.

 

National College Football Awards Association

The Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA), which encompasses the most prestigious awards in college football. Founded in 1997, the NCFAA and its 25 awards now boast over 800 recipients, dating to 1935. Visit NCFAA.org and @NCFAA on Twitter to learn more about the association.

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, the Kids Fitness Festival of the Palm Beaches, and the annual Holiday Basketball Classic of the Palm Beaches. For more information on the Palm Beach County Sports Commission, go to www.palmbeachsports.com.

 

 

 

 

 

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