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Fitzgerald Named Groza Award Semifinalist

TALLAHASSEE – Florida State redshirt junior kicker Ryan Fitzgerald is one of 20 semifinalists for the Lou Groza Award, presented annually to the top placekicker in college football.

Fitzgerald, from Coolidge, Georgia, has connected on 11 of 12 field goal attempts and all 45 extra points and leads FSU with 78 points scored. Fitzgerald has made at least one field goal and three extra points in all nine games this season.

Fitzgerald made his first 10 field goals of 2023, the most to start a year for a Seminole since 2014, when 2013 Groza Award winner Roberto Aguayo began the season 14-for-14. Twice this year Fitzgerald has booted a season-high 48-yard field goal, tied for the second-longest of his career. Fitzgerald’s 48-yard field goal at Clemson to start the second half tied the game and is the longest of his career away from Tallahassee.

Behind a field goal and a career-high nine extra points, Fitzgerald scored a career-best 12 points against Southern Miss. He ranks 12th in Florida State history with 262 career points, up from 20th place to begin the season.

Finalists for the Groza Award will be announced November 28, with the winner presented on the Home Depot College Football Awards show on December 8.

Florida State has won four Lou Groza Awards – most in the country – since the award was established in 1992, including the only two-time winner Sebastian Janikowski in 1998 and 1999. Graham Gano in 2008 and Aguayo in 2013 also won the award.

Fitzgerald and the Seminoles (9-0 overall, 7-0 ACC) host Miami on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on ABC for its final ACC regular season game.

Media Contacts

Derek Satterfield – Senior Associate Communications Director: dsatterfield@fsu.edu; 645-7683

Steven McCartney – Assistant SID: smccartney@fsu.edu; 644-3920

Christa Salerno – Assistant SID: csalerno@fsu.edu; 644-5653

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David Adlerstein, The Apalachicola Times’ digital editor, started with the news outlet in January 2002 as a reporter.

Prior to then, David Adlerstein began as a newspaperman with a small Boston weekly, after graduating magna cum laude from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. He later edited the weekly Bellville Times, and as business reporter for the daily Marion Star, both not far from his hometown of Columbus, Ohio.

In 1995, he moved to South Florida, and worked as a business reporter and editor of Medical Business newspaper. In Jan. 2002, he began with the Apalachicola Times, first as reporter and later as editor, and in Oct. 2020, also began editing the Port St. Joe Star.

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