Nov. 16, 2009
West Palm Beach, Fla. -
College football's top kicking award, the Lou Groza Collegiate Place Kicker Award sponsored by the Palm Beach County Sports Commission recognizes three of the top kickers each week from FBS division (Div 1A) teams as the "Stars of the Week". This week the performances of three of the twenty semi-finalists are highlighted.
The perfect season by Marshall University senior Craig Ratanamorn continued last Saturday in the Thundering Herd's 27-20 loss to Southern Miss in Huntington, West Virginia. He connected from 27 and 46 yards to improve his season record to 13 of 13 in field goals made. He also added 2 extra points and is 24 for 24 in PAT's. The Wichita, Kansas native is the only kicker in the nation with at least 10 field goals who has not missed this season. It was a day of solemn memories as the game was played on the 39th anniversary of the 1970 Marshall plane crash. The university held a memorial service a few hours before the game.
Nebraska junior Alex Henery improved his season stats to 15 of 18 in field goals made by connecting from 25, 34 and 38 yards in the Cornhuskers 31-17 defeat of Kansas in Lawrence last Saturday. He added two extra points to extend his streak to 29 of 29 PAT's. Henery is Nebraska's leading scorer with 74 points on the season and is now seventh all time in Cornhusker career scoring. The Omaha, Nebraska native has 4 multi-field goal games this season.
Michigan State's Brett Swenson made four field goals, including the game-winning 21-yarder with 1:51 left, as the Spartans came from behind to defeat Purdue 40-37 to become bowl eligible. Swenson connected on two career-long 52-yarders, and from 28 yards as well. He added four extra points. The Pompano Beach, Florida native is now 18 of 20 on the season in field goals and 38 of 39 in PAT's. With 92 points on the season, Swenson is tied for 3rd in the nation in kick scoring.
The Lou Groza Award will be presented as part of the ESPN Home Depot College Football Awards Show in Orlando, Florida on Thursday December 10th. The three finalists will be feted at the 18th Annual Lou Groza Awards Banquet on Tuesday December 8th at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach, Florida. For more information on the Groza Award and the Palm Beach County Sports Commission, visit www.palmbeachsports.com.