Starr Named Special Teams Player of the Week
Oct. 8, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Junior placekicker Austin Starr has been named Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week, the conference announced on Monday. Starr, who matched a school record with four field goals against Minnesota, became the first Indiana placekicker to earn the honor since the league began honoring specialists in 1994.
Against the Gophers, Starr hit a 47-yard field goal in the second quarter - the second longest of the junior's career - that put the Hoosiers in front for good. He added a 33-yarder, a 25-yarder and a 43-yarder to improve to 12-for-13 on the season and 6-for-6 from 40-plus yards in his tenure at IU. Starr has now made nine straight field goals, which is the second longest streak in Indiana history.
The Logansport, Ind., native is the second Hoosier (third time) to be recognized by the Big Ten this season. Sophomore quarterback Kellen Lewis has collected a pair of Offensive Player of the Week accolades. Marcus Thigpen was the last Hoosier to garner Special Teams Player of the Week laurels after picking up the honor last season.
Starr hit 5-for-6 in his first two games, including a momentum-changing and career-long 48-yarder in the fourth quarter at Western Michigan. The junior then hit his only two opportunities against Akron and drilled his lone kick at Iowa. His nine straight field goals are one shy of the school record set by Doug Smith (1981-82).
Starr is tied for fourth nationally, averaging two field goals per contest, and is 13th in the nation in scoring (10.3). He also leads the Big Ten in field goals per contest and field goal percentage (92.3) and is third in scoring.
The junior's 12 field goals matches his total from last season, which is good for a share of eighth place on the school's single-season list. Starr is five off the school's single-season record of 17, held by former NFL great Pete Stoyanovich (1988).
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