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    Starr Selected as Semifinalist for Lou Groza Award

    Go Hoosiers! Austin Starr was selected as a semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award, presented to the nation's top place-kicker.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Austin Starr was selected as a semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award, presented to the nation's top place-kicker.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Nov. 6, 2007

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana junior place-kicker Austin Starr has been selected as one of 20 semifinalists for the Lou Groza Award, presented annually to the nation's top place-kicker. All Division I-A kickers are eligible for the award named for NFL Hall of Fame Kicker Lou "The Toe" Groza. The list will be trimmed down to three finalists on Nov. 20.

    After hitting a career-long 49-yarder at Wisconsin, Starr hit his lone attempt against Ball State to tie former NFL great Pete Stoyanovich's (1988) single-season record of 17 field goals and extend his school record to 14 consecutive made field goals. Starr, who earned Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week honors and was named a Lou Groza Star of the Week Award winner following his school record-tying four field goal effort vs. Minnesota on Oct. 6, broke Doug Smith's record of 10 set back during the 1981-82 seasons.

    The Logansport, Ind., native is 17-for-18 (94.4 percent) this season and 8-for-8 from 40-plus yards out. In his career, Starr is 29-for-33 (87.9) overall, 21-for-23 (91.3) from 30-plus yards and 9-for-9 from 40-plus yards. He is a perfect 9-for-9 in league action and his 17 field goals are good for a share of the top spot on the school's single-season list, share the Big Ten lead and are tied for ninth nationally. He has also hit all 38 of his extra-point attempts this season, which is tied for second on the single-season list, has connected on 40 straight dating back to last season, and he is eyeing Stoyanovich's single-season mark of 45 set back in 1988.

    Starr is second in the nation and tops in the Big Ten in field goal percentage (min. 15 attempts), tied for 14th averaging 1.70 field goals per contest (tied for first in Big Ten) and 31st in scoring at 8.9 (sixth in Big Ten). He has moved into sole possession of fifth place on the Hoosiers' single-season points list with 89 and 10th on the school's career points list with 153.

     

     

    The 2007 winner of the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award is presented by the FedEx Orange Bowl and will be announced on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2007 during the ESPN Home Depot College Football Award Show in Orlando. The top-three finalists for the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award will be honored during the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award Banquet and Silent Auction on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2007 at the Palm Beach Gardens Marriott. This is an event of the Palm Beach County Sports Institute.

    Voters for the award include Division I-A head coaches, sports writers and sportscasters, conference representatives, professional kickers, and previous Groza Award finalists.

    The Lou Groza Award is presented by the FedEx Orange Bowl and is also sponsored by The Breakers, Continental Airlines, Discretion Entertainment LLC, Enterprise rent-a-car, ESPN Radio 760, ESPN Regional Television, Florida Coca-Cola Bottling, Hartless Foundation, JBS Destination Solutions, Palm Beach Kennel Club, The Palm Beach Post, Parallax Productions, Romano Law Group, Rooney's Public House, World Class Transportation Inc.

    For more information regarding the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award, please contact Graham Morris at the Palm Beach County Sports Institute at (561) 233-3124 or gmorris@palmbeachsports.com.

    2007 Lou Groza Award Semifinalists
    Connor Barth, North Carolina; Travis Bell, Georgia Tech; Michael Braunstein, Ohio; Kyle Brotzman, Boise State; Gary Cismesia, Florida State; Jud Dunlevy, Virginia Tech; Matt Evensen, Oregon; Steven Hauschka, North Carolina State; Daniel Lincoln, Tennessee; Jose Martinez, UTEP, Pat McAfee, West Virginia; Taylor Mehlhaff, Wisconsin; Ryan Pretorius, Ohio State; Jason Reda, Illinois; Louie Sakoda, Utah; Alex Serna, Oregon State; Austin Starr, Indiana; Sam Swank, Wake Forest; Swayze Waters, UAB; Thomas Weber, Arizona State


       

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