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Monday, January 5, 2015

Art Carmody Wins 2006 Lou Groza Award

"University of Louisville junior Art Carmody captured the 2006 Lou Groza Award, which is presented to the nation's top placekicker. The award was announced during Thursday night's 2006 Home Depot College Football Awards Show. Carmody, a native of Shreveport, La., made 20-of-23 field goal attempts and all 57 of his extra point tries this season for the Cardinals. John Vaughn of Auburn University and Garrett Hartley of Oklahoma University were the other finalists." - Cardinals

"The irony is that Carmody won the award while forsaking one dream for another. The Cardinals have been so good over the last three years Carmody has never been called on to win the game with one swing of his left leg. Ask Carmody if any one kick stands out, and he points to a 35-yard kick midway through the fourth quarter against Cincinnati on Oct. 14 that gave the Cardinals a 13-point lead in a game in which they would hold on to win 23-17. Not exactly the kind of dramatic, fist-pumping, storm the field moment that gets you noticed. Then again, Carmody knows there are worse problems than playing on a team so dominant late-game heroics are unnecessary. And to be honest, all of this - the Groza Award, the first-team All Big East honors, the Orange Bowl berth - are just a bonus for player who simply hoped to make the team as a walk-on in 2003. 'When I first got up here, I never envisioned all this,' Carmody said. 'I knew they had a good football team. Just to be on the team and to be a part of it is all I wanted'." - Murray Ledger

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