November 10, 2008
Keys named Groza "Star of the Week"

Virginia Tech senior kicker Dustin Keys has been named one of the Lou Groza Award's "Stars of the Week" as announced by the foundation Monday. He joins FSU kicker Graham Gano and Missouri's Jeff Wolfert on the list this week.

Gano connected on field goals of 52 and 36 yards in the Seminoles' 41-27 ACC victory over Clemson. Gano is 5 of 6 in field goals of 50 yards or more, which leads the nation. He extended his school record of consecutive field goals to 17. He is 17 of 18 on the season. The Pensacola, Fla. native is hoping to become the second Seminole kicker to win the Groza joining Sebastian Janikowski the only two time winner in the award’s history.

Keys helped the Hokies become bowl eligible for the 16th consecutive season, booting field goals of 35, 30 and 27 yards in their 23-13 victory over Maryland. Keys is in a tie for second place in the nation with 19 made field goals and is three shy of the school’s single-season record. The Stafford, Va., native excels in the classroom as well having completed his undergraduate work. He’s now enrolled in graduate school.

Wolfert brought his nation’s leading kick scoring total to 101 points with field goals of 32 and 24 yards and 5 PATs in the Tigers' 41-24 defeat of Kansas State to hold their top spot in the Big Twelve Conference North. Wolfert has established himself as one of the most accurate kickers in NCAA history. Since taking over kicking duties in 2006, the Overland Park, Kan., native has made 222-of-232 (95.7%) combined kicks, which puts him on pace to break the NCAA career record of 93.3 percent set by UCLA's John Lee from 1982-85.

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