POSTED: Monday, September 27, 2010 - 2:21pm
UPDATED: Monday, September 27, 2010 - 7:18pm
EL PASO, TEXAS - UTEP sophomore kicker Dakota Warren was named the Conference USA Special Teams Player of the Week on Monday, and was also tabbed one of three Lou Groza Award "Stars of the Week."
Warren kicked three field goals, including the game-winning 18-yarder as time expired, lifting UTEP to a 16-13 win over Memphis on Saturday in the Sun Bowl. Warren also connected from 57 and 50 yards as he became the second UTEP player since 1950 to hit two 50-yard field goals in a game, joining former NFL standout Chris Jacke, who hit a pair of 51-yarders at New Mexico in 1988. The 57-yard field goal by Warren against the Tigers is tied for the fourth-longest in UTEP history and is the second-longest by a sophomore. Warren is the first UTEP player to make three field goals in a game since Jose Martinez hit five versus SMU in 2008.
College football's top kicking award, the Lou Groza Collegiate Place Kicker Award sponsored by the Palm Beach County Sports Commission recognizes three of the top kickers each week from FBS teams as the "Stars of the Week." Joining Warren as this week's selections are Penn State's Collin Wagner and Stanford's Nate Whitaker.