Assalley named Lou Groza Award Star of the Week

Sep 8, 2018; Iowa City, IA, USA; Iowa State Cyclones placekicker Connor Assalley (96) kicks a field goal in the first quarter against the Iowa Hawkeyes at Kinnick Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reese Strickland-USA TODAY Sports

The following is a press release from Iowa State Athletic Communications.

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State placekicker Connor Assalley was named a Lou Groza Award Star of the Week by the Palm Beach County Sports Commission today.

The Lou Groza Award is given annually to the nation’s top placekicker.

A sophomore walk-on from Naperville, Ill., Assalley was perfect in his four field goal attempts and his two PAT tries in Iowa State’s 26-13 win over Akron on Saturday.

Assalley booted field goals from 27, 29, 33 and 37 yards en route to scoring 14 points for the Cyclones.

Assalley has made all seven of his field goal attempts this season, one of four kickers nationally still perfect with seven or more attempts. He also ranks third nationally in field goals made per game at 2.3.

Jared Stansbury


Jared is in his seventh year covering Iowa State football and basketball for Cyclone Fanatic. He worked as the site's intern for three years while studying Journalism in Iowa State's Greenlee School of Journalism. He started as a full-time staff writer in May 2016. He took over as the site's managing editor in January 2020. Jared spent five falls covering Iowa high school football as a reporter for KMA Radio, 1460 KXNO and 1430 KASI.