October 23, 2007 - by
Cismesia Named A Lou Groza Star Of The Week

Oct. 23, 2007

The honors keep coming in for Seminole senior Gary Cismesia. Following a 5-fo-5 performance veersus Miami, the placekicker was named the ACC’s specialist of the week. Today he added another honor as he was named a Lou Groza Star Of The Week.

All three of this week’s “Stars of the Week” were 2006 Lou Groza Collegiate Place Kicker Award semi-finalists.  Jeremy Ito helped Rutgers break Cinderella’s Slipper last Thursday night.


The Scarlet Knight senior kicked field goals of 26,40 and 51 yards to contribute to the 30-27 defeat of the University of South Florida, knocking the Bulls from their vaunted #2 ranking in the BCS standings.  Ito was also three for three in PAT’s.  He hasn’t missed an extra point in 31 tries this season.


It was a bittersweet Saturday for Florida State senior Gary Cismesia.  His perfect 5 for 5 day was wasted when two turnovers led to University of Miami touchdowns and erased  the Seminoles’ 29-24 4th quarter lead.  The Hurricanes scored the two touchdowns in a 1:15 span dashing Cismesia’s performance which included field goals of 23,31,33,45, and 45 yards.


Wake Forest junior Sam Swank connected on field goals of 32,26 and 52 yards and was a perfect 5 for 5 in extra points as the Demon Deacons shellacked Navy 44-24 at Annapolis, last Saturday afternoon.  Swank is hoping the third time will be the charm.  He is a two time Groza semi-finalist and has also been a Ray Guy Award semi-finalists for his punting prowess.


For more information on the Top Three Stars of the Week, please visit www.lougrozaaward.com/Candidates/index.htm.

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

All Division I-A kickers are eligible for the Award named for NFL Hall of Fame Kicker Lou “The Toe” Groza. 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, and Bus One, LLC.

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.


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