Palm Beach County Sports Commission Presents

Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award

Palm Beach Sports

 

During the past 20 years, many things have helped mold college football into the game that it is today. Near the top of that list is the increased importance of the kicking game.

It used to be that place-kickers were local, non-scholarship athletes who made good. Now, top high school and prep kickers are as highly recruited as some quarterbacks and wide receivers.

With national championships often won or lost on one swing of the leg, the importance of having a top kicker cannot be understated.

The Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award annually recognizes college football’s top place-kicker.

 

2018  Lou Groza Banquet
Monday, December 3, 2018
6:30pm cocktails and silent auction
7:30pm dinner and awards presentation

 Location: Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, West Palm Beach

 

 

 

 

 

 


Lou Groza National Collegiate Place Kicker Award
Announces Top 20 Semi-Finalists

West Palm Beach, Fla. -- The Palm Beach County Sports Commission has released the 20 semifinalists for the 2018 Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award presented by the Orange Bowl. These 20 kickers have all excelled throughout the season in earning their places as semifinalists.

Only five are returning honorees, including last year’s Groza winner Utah senior Matt Gay and fellow finalist Utah State junior Dominik Eberle. They are joined by Georgia junior Rodrigo Blankenship and UTSA sophomore Jared Sackett, both 2017 semifinalists, as well as San Diego State senior John Baron II who earned the honor in 2016.

Among the 15 new names are two very different types of first-year FBS kickers who sit atop the leaderboards. Syracuse freshman Andre Szymt and LSU senior Cole Tracy, a graduate transfer from Division II, lead the nation with 21 made field goals. The next five kickers trailing them while also connecting at 80% or better are also semifinalists: Arkansas junior Connor Limpert (16), Eberle (15), North Texas senior Cole Hedlund (15), Baron (14), and Wyoming junior Cooper Rothe (14).

Rothe, in fact, is still a perfect 14-for-14 on field goals, the most in FBS by a kicker without a miss. He’s joined on the semifinal list by the two other kickers still perfect while attempting more field goals than team games: Georgia Southern junior Tyler Bass (11) and UCF senior Matthew Wright (8). The next four most accurate qualifying kickers are also semifinalists: Florida freshman Evan McPherson (92.3), Michigan State sophomore Matt Coghlin (91.7), Szmyt (91.3) and Tracy (91.3).

Moving from accuracy to distance, the six kickers with the most field goals from 40 yards or longer are all semifinalists: Sackett (9), Illinois senior Chase McLaughlin (8), Blankenship (7), Eberle (7), Szmyt (7), and Central Michigan junior Ryan Tice (7).

Semifinalists will be voted on by a panel of more than 100 FBS head coaches, SIDs, media members, former Groza finalists, and current NFL kickers to select the three finalists. These finalists will be announced on November 20th and honored at the 27th annual Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Awards Banquet on December 3rd in Palm Beach County. The same panel then selects the winner, who will be announced live on ESPN at the Home Depot College Football Awards Show on Thursday, December 6th.

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.

Since the first Lou Groza Award was handed out in 1992, 26 finalists, including 14 winners, have gone on to appear in the NFL, earning 10 trips to the Pro Bowl and taking home seven Super Bowls. That list includes 2018 NFL kickers Dan Bailey, Randy Bullock, Daniel Carlson, Mason Crosby, Jake Elliott, Ka’imi Fairbairn, Graham Gano, Zane Gonzalez, Dustin Hopkins, Sebastian Janikowski, Mike Nugent, Cairo Santos, and Caleb Sturgis.

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.

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.

 

National College Football Awards Association

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 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 www.palmbeachsports.com

 

Who is your Favorite "Semi-Finalists" ?
 
pollcode.com free polls

Vote does not count towards actual finalists

Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Awards 2018 National Semifinalists

(In alphabetical Order – Statistics as of October 29)

John Baron II – San Diego State

Height: 5'11" - Weight: 190 - Class: Senior - Hometown: Temecula, California

 

FGM

FGA

FG%

1-19

20-29

30-39

40-49

50+

LONG

XPM

XPA

PTS

14

16

87.5

0-0

2-2

7-8

1-2

4-4

54

15

15

57

 

 

Tyler Bass – Georgia Southern

Height: 5'10" - Weight: 189 - Class: Junior - Hometown: Irmo, South Carolina

 

FGM

FGA

FG%

1-19

20-29

30-39

40-49

50+

LONG

XPM

XPA

PTS

11

11

100

1-1

3-3

1-1

5-5

1-1

50

30

30

63

 

 

Massimo Biscardi – Coastal Carolina

Height: 5'11" - Weight: 195 - Class: Freshman - Hometown: Downingtown, Pennsylvania

 

FGM

FGA

FG%

1-19

20-29

30-39

40-49

50+

LONG

XPM

XPA

PTS

11

13

84.6

0-0

5-5

3-4

2-3

1-1

50

25

28

58

 

 

Rodrigo Blankenship – Georgia

Height: 6'1" - Weight: 191 - Class: Junior - Hometown: Marietta, Georgia

 

FGM

FGA

FG%

1-19

20-29

30-39

40-49

50+

LONG

XPM

XPA

PTS

13

15

86.7

1-1

4-4

1-2

6-7

1-1

53

36

36

75

 

 

Jose Borregales – Florida International

Height: 5'10" - Weight: 206 - Class: Sophomore - Hometown: Miami, Florida

 

FGM

FGA

FG%

1-19

20-29

30-39

40-49

50+

LONG

XPM

XPA

PTS

10

12

83.3

0-0

2-2

3-4

4-5

1-1

53

35

36

65

 

 

Matt Coghlin – Michigan State

Height: 5'9" - Weight: 190 - Class: Sophomore - Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio

 

FGM

FGA

FG%

1-19

20-29

30-39

40-49

50+

LONG

XPM

XPA

PTS

11

12

91.7

0-0

4-4

4-5

3-3

0-0

49

20

20

53

 

 

Dominik Eberle – Utah State

Height: 6'2" - Weight: 195 - Class: Junior - Hometown: Nuremberg, Germany

 

FGM

FGA

FG%

1-19

20-29

30-39

40-49

50+

LONG

XPM

XPA

PTS

15

18

83.3

1-1

4-5

3-4

4-4

3-4

51

47

47

92

 

 

Matt Gay – Utah

Height: 6'0" - Weight: 230 - Class: Senior - Hometown: Orem, Utah

 

FGM

FGA

FG%

1-19

20-29

30-39

40-49

50+

LONG

XPM

XPA

PTS

12

15

80

0-0

1-1

6-6

5-8

0-0

49

31

31

67

 

 

Clayton Hatfield – Texas Tech

Height: 5'10" - Weight: 185 - Class: Senior - Hometown: Boerne, Texas

 

FGM

FGA

FG%

1-19

20-29

30-39

40-49

50+

LONG

XPM

XPA

PTS

10

11

90.9

0-0

5-5

2-3

3-3

0-0

48

44

44

74

 

 

Cole Hedlund – North Texas

Height: 5'10" - Weight: 162 - Class: Senior - Hometown: Argyle, Texas

 

FGM

FGA

FG%

1-19

20-29

30-39

40-49

50+

LONG

XPM

XPA

PTS

15

18

83.3

1-1

8-8

0-0

4-7

2-2

52

38

40

83

 

 

Logan Justus – Indiana

Height: 5'11" - Weight: 180 - Class: Junior - Hometown: McCordsville, Indiana

 

FGM

FGA

FG%

1-19

20-29

30-39

40-49

50+

LONG

XPM

XPA

PTS

11

13

84.6

0-0

3-3

6-6

2-3

0-1

44

23

24

56

 

 

Connor Limpert – Arkansas

Height: 6’1" - Weight: 175 - Class: Junior - Hometown: Allen, Texas

 

FGM

FGA

FG%

1-19

20-29

30-39

40-49

50+

LONG

XPM

XPA

PTS

16

20

80

0-0

4-4

7-8

3-5

2-3

55

27

27

75

 

 

Chase McLaughlin – Illinois
Height: 6'1" - Weight: 190 - Class: Senior - Hometown: Cypress, Texas

 

FGM

FGA

FG%

1-19

20-29

30-39

40-49

50+

LONG

XPM

XPA

PTS

15

20

75

0-0

3-3

4-5

4-6

4-6

54

23

23

68

 

 

Evan McPherson – Florida

Height: 5’11" - Weight: 177 - Class: Freshman - Hometown: Fort Payne, Alabama

 

FGM

FGA

FG%

1-19

20-29

30-39

40-49

50+

LONG

XPM

XPA

PTS

12

13

92.3

0-0

7-7

2-3

3-3

0-0

48

27

27

63

 

 

Cooper Rothe – Wyoming

Height: 5'11" - Weight: 178 - Class: Junior - Hometown: Longmont, Colorado

 

FGM

FGA

FG%

1-19

20-29

30-39

40-49

50+

LONG

XPM

XPA

PTS

14

14

100

0-0

4-4

5-5

4-4

1-1

51

16

16

58

 

 

Jared Sackett – UTSA

Height: 6’1" - Weight: 190 - Class: Sophomore - Hometown: Fort Worth, Texas

 

FGM

FGA

FG%

1-19

20-29

30-39

40-49

50+

LONG

XPM

XPA

PTS

13

16

81.3

1-1

1-1

2-2

8-11

1-1

51

14

14

53

 

 

Andre Szmyt – Syracuse

Height: 6'1" - Weight: 195 - Class: Freshman - Hometown: Vernon Hills, Illinois

 

FGM

FGA

FG%

1-19

20-29

30-39

40-49

50+

LONG

XPM

XPA

PTS

21

23

91.3

1-1

8-8

5-5

4-6

3-3

54

40

40

103

 

 

Ryan Tice – Central Michigan

Height: 6'1" - Weight: 172 - Class: Junior - Hometown: Saline, Michigan

 

FGM

FGA

FG%

1-19

20-29

30-39

40-49

50+

LONG

XPM

XPA

PTS

10

12

83.3

0-0

3-4

0-0

6-7

1-1

53

12

12

42

 

 

Cole Tracy – LSU

Height: 5'11" - Weight: 188 - Class: Senior - Hometown: Camarillo, California

 

FGM

FGA

FG%

1-19

20-29

30-39

40-49

50+

LONG

XPM

XPA

PTS

21

23

91.3

0-0

8-8

7-7

4-4

2-4

54

24

24

87

 

 

Matthew Wright – Central Florida

Height: 6'0" - Weight: 179 - Class: Senior - Hometown: Lancaster, Pennsylvania

 

FGM

FGA

FG%

1-19

20-29

30-39

40-49

50+

LONG

XPM

XPA

PTS

8

8

100

0-0

2-2

2-2

4-4

0-0

46

41

41

65

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos from this years banquet!

 

 

 

                

 

 

Palm Beach County Sports Commission

Contact Us:
(561) 233-3180
Palm Beach County Sports Commission

2195 Southern Blvd.
Suite 550
West Palm Beach, FL 33406
Fax: (561) 233-3125

Email

 

 Follow us!

  

Presented by:

 

 

Sponsored by:

 
 

 

 
 

 

 

 

             
                                             

 

Copyright © 2018 Palm Beach County Sports Commission