Tuesday January 10, 2012Sturgis Wins CFPA 2011 Elite Placekicker Trophy
The College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) announced Tuesday that junior kicker Caleb Sturgis (St. Augustine) has won the 2011 Elite Placekicker Trophy. The award is given to the placekicker who is responsible for the most overall team success in the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision.
Sturgis, who was a Lou Groza Award finalist, went 22-of-26 on the season with a long of 55 yards. He ranked third in the nation in made field goals and also ranked third in field goal makes per game with 1.7. Additionally, the junior kicker was one of only two kickers in FBS to have made three field goals of 50-or-more yards.
Sturgis led the Gators in scoring with 97 points and, according to the CFPA, had the second most efficient placekicking performance in 2011 and the third most efficient placekicking performance in the past three seasons. The CFPA also determined that Sturgis is the most efficient placekicker returning in 2012.
The goal of the CFPA is to provide the most scientifically rigorous confermentís in college football. The CFPA recognizes weekly, annual, and multi-season (career) award recipients Ė selected based upon objective scientific rankings of the extent to which individual players increase the overall effectiveness of their teams.
Sturgis will be honored for his prolific 2011 season during the first half of the menís basketball game vs. Georgia on Tuesday night. The game is set to begin at 7 p.m. ET.