Palm Beach County Sports Commission Presents

Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award

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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.

 

 

 2021 Lou Groza Awards Celebration

     Presented By The Orange Bowl

 

WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. – During Thursday night’s live Home Depot College Football Awards, the Palm Beach County Sports Commission announced University of Michigan senior Jake Moody as the winner of the 2021 Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award.

"I’d like to thank the Palm Beach County Sports Commission for this honor,” said Moody. “I am proud to be nominated this year along with Jake and Will, two very talented kickers. I’m so honored and appreciative of this award.”

Moody was the only FBS kicker to make more than 20 field goals at a rate of 90% or better without missing an extra point this season. At 22-for-24 on the season, his 91.7% accuracy is second-best among kickers with 20 field goals, and stands as by far the most accurate in Michigan history on at least 20 attempts. He kicked multiple field goals in Michigan’s first six conference games, making more kicks in that short stretch than all but 22 kickers made all season. He made multiple field goals seven times this season, including a pair of 4-for-4 performances. Those big games came in two of Michigan’s only close contests this season. While one was their lone loss to Michigan State, the other was a triumph for Moody on the road against Nebraska, as he turned a three-point deficit with three minutes left into a 32-29 victory with a pair of late field goals. Despite this being the senior’s first year as the full-time kicker, he already ranks 6th in career field goals at Michigan. He didn’t get there by making chip shots either, as 16 of his makes came from at least 30 yards out, tying for fifth-most among FBS kickers. Add in his perfect 56-for-56 mark on PATs and he finished the regular season with 122 points, tied for third in the nation. His 122-point season ranks second in program history and is the best ever by a Michigan kicker.

Moody beat out Oklahoma junior Gabe Brkic and Ohio State senior Noah Ruggles for the award. Brkic finished tied for the national lead with 5 field goals from at least 50 yards, while Ruggles went 18-for-19 on field goals for the most accurate season in Buckeyes history.

Moody is the first Groza winner from the University of Michigan and the school’s second finalist, joining Remy Hamilton’s 1994 honor. The national panel of voters is comprised of more than 100 FBS head coaches, SIDs, media members, former Groza finalists, and current NFL kickers. Since the first Lou Groza Award was handed out in 1992, 28 finalists, including 16 winners, have gone on to appear in the NFL, earning 11 trips to the Pro Bowl and taking home six Super Bowls.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Miami (FL) Kicker Jose Borregales Wins the Lou Groza Award

 

WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. – During Thursday night’s live Home Depot College Football Awards, the Palm Beach County Sports Commission announced University of Miami senior Jose Borregales as the winner of the 2020 Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award, presented by the Orange Bowl.

“It’s an incredible honor to be in a list of elite specialists that are now doing it at the big-time level. I’m just blessed to be in the position I am. I hope to continue that legacy of playing on Sundays,” said Borregales.


Borregales was the only FBS kicker to make at least 20 field goals at a rate of 90% or better without missing an extra point this season. Though he may not top any category, no kicker matched his all-around success. He ended the season tied for second in the country in three of the most important categories there are: 20 field goals made, 9 kicks from at least 40 yards, and a long of 57.  Among kickers with at least 20 attempts, his 90.9% field goal accuracy tied for the best mark in the nation. He made a field goal in each of Miami’s 11 games, with multiple makes in five of their last six. Four times, he provided more points than the Hurricanes’ margin of victory, including a three-game stretch in which Miami topped Virginia 19-14, NC State 44-41, and Virginia Tech 25-24. In those three games, won by a total of nine points, he scored 28 himself, kicking 7 crucial field goals. But it was early in the season, in primetime and on the road at Louisville, that he first put the country on notice. There he scored 17 points, going 4-for-4 on field goals, including makes from 40, 48 and a remarkable 57 yards out. That blast ties for the longest field goal in Miami history. On the season, he stayed perfect with a 37-for-37 tally on PATs, giving him a scoring total of 97 points that ranks as one of the ten best seasons ever by a Hurricanes kicker. A graduate transfer from Florida International, Borregales has 70 field goals in his four-year career, the second-highest total among active FBS kickers.

Borregales beat out BYU sophomore Jake Oldroyd and Alabama sophomore Will Reichard for the award. Both finalists finished the year 13-for-13 on field goals, with Oldroyd going 3-for-3 on kicks from 50 yards and Reichard staying perfect on all kicks including his 77 extra point attempts.

Borregales is the first Groza winner from the University of Miami and the school’s first finalist. The national panel of voters is comprised of more than 100 FBS head coaches, SIDs, media members, former Groza finalists, and current NFL kickers. Since the first Lou Groza Award was handed out in 1992, 28 finalists, including 16 winners, have gone on to appear in the NFL, earning 11 trips to the Pro Bowl and taking home six Super Bowls.

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. 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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