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Monday, January 12, 2015

Marc Primanti Wins 1996 Lou Groza Award

"Marc Primanti, who was perfect on all of his field goal tries and extra points this season for North Carolina State, won the Lou Groza Award as college football's top kicker on Wednesday. Primanti did not miss a single one of his 24 field goal attempts or 20 point-after kicks this year. He set an Atlantic Coast Conference record for field goals with a string of 27 going back to last year. His longest field goal this year was 48 yards against Alabama. He hit all nine of his attempts from 40 yards to 49 yards this year. Primanti got 229 points in the voting, followed by San Diego State's Peter Holt with 146 and 130 for Nevada's Damon Shea. Rafael Garcia of Virginia and Marty Kent of Louisiana Tech tied for fourth with 103 points.

Primanti was a walk-on in his freshman year at North Carolina State and went three years before getting a chance to kick in a game. He said from Raleigh, N.C., that he got into football because he didn't like the black-and-gold soccer uniforms. The little black shorts with gold shirts were uniforms 'that no one should be wearing,' he said. He said his mother did not want him playing football because he might get hurt, so he became a kicker. As for kicking field goals, he said, 'I just picked it up naturally by just fooling around with it.' Primanti said he now has a routine with his soccer-style kicking. 'When I get ready to go onto the field ... I do a little running ... hit three or four balls until I'm feeling good. It's sort of a numb feeling'." - AP

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