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    Fans Can Vote for Starr for Groza Award

    Go Hoosiers! Austin Starr is a finalist for the Lou Groza Award, presented annually to the nation's top placekicker.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Austin Starr is a finalist for the Lou Groza Award, presented annually to the nation's top placekicker.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Nov. 27, 2007

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana fans are encouraged to vote for kicker Austin Starr in his pursuit of the Lou Groza Award presented by the FedEx Orange Bowl, given annually to the nation's top placekicker. Fans can cast their votes by clicking here to visit ESPN SportsNation's 2007 College Football Award voting.

    The Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award recognizes the top place-kicker in NCAA Division I-A football. Voters for the award include Division I-A head coaches, sports writers and sportscasters, conference representatives, professional kickers, and previous Groza Award finalists. The other two finalists for the trophy are Thomas Weber of Arizona State University and Jose Martinez of University of Texas - El Paso.

    The three finalists for the Lou Groza Award will be honored at the 16th Annual Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award Banquet on Tuesday, Dec. 4 at the Palm Beach Gardens Marriott. The 2007 Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award winner will be announced on Thursday, Dec. 6 during the ESPN Home Depot College Football Award Show in Orlando, Florida.

    Starr gave the Hoosiers their first victory in the Old Oaken Bucket Game since 2001 when he connected on the game-winning field goal from 49 yards out with 30 seconds remaining. The kick gave Indiana a 27-24 victory and sent the crowd of 50,741 fans - the first sellout at Memorial Stadium for the Bucket Game since 1989 - into a frenzy. Starr also added a 42-yarder in the second quarter and hit all three of his extra-point attempts.

    The Logansport, Ind., native matched his career long, picked up the third game-winning kick of his career and his first of the season. He finished the game hitting two field goals to set a new school record with his 19th field goal of the season, topping former NFL great Pete Stoyanovich's 17 in 1988. He also extended his school record by making his 15th attempt in a row in the first half before missing a 42-yarder in the fourth quarter.

     

     

    Starr tied Stoyanovich's record for single-season extra points with his 45th of the year. He finished the season a perfect 45-for-45, as Stoyanovich did back in 1988. Starr also moved up the single-season points list, finishing the regular season with 102, good for fourth place. He has hit 19-of-21 field goals this regular season (a school record 90.5 percent) and has nailed 10-of-11 from 40-plus yards (90.9).

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