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Monday, January 12, 2015

Steve McLaughlin Wins 1994 Lou Groza Award

"The best thing that happened to Steve McLaughlin was a 51-yard miss that could have saved a win against the University of Miami two years ago. Yesterday, McLaughlin, a senior at the University of Arizona and graduate of Sahuaro High School, was named the recipient of the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award, given each year to the nation’s top place-kicker. McLaughlin said his 51-yard near-miss with 3 seconds left that sealed Miami’s 8-7 victory over the Wildcats on Sept. 26, 1992, was the 'turning point of my career.’

'This is a dream come true,' said McLaughlin, who beat out finalists Brian Leaver of Bowling Green, Mike Shafer of Southwestern Louisiana, Ryan Williams of Virginia Tech, and Remy Hamilton of Michigan. McLaughlin, 23, connected on 23 of 29 field goals this season for a .793 percentage, including a career-long 54-yarder against California. The soccer-style sidewinder made 7 of 7 from 20 to 29 yards, 4 of 6 from 30-39, 9 of 11 from 40-49, and 3 of 5 from 50 yards or longer. He was 26 of 26 on PATs and finished his Wildcat career third on the school’s all-time scoring list with 278 points." - Tucson Citizen

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