Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Temple's McManus wins Groza Player of the Week honor

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (9/7/10) - Temple sophomore kicker Brandon McManus (Hatfield, Pa.) has been named one of three national "Stars of the Week" by the Lou Groza Collegiate Place Kicker Award.

Miami (Ohio) PK Trevor Cook and Penn State's Collin Wagner also received recognition.

In Temple's 31-24 win over Villanova last Friday, McManus made a career-high four field goals against the Wildcats, including the game-winning 43-yarder with just three seconds remaining. He also added a PAT. He leads the Owls in scoring with 13 points.

His 53-yard field goal was his career long and the second-longest field goal in school history. Don Bitterlich holds the school record with a 56-yarder (vs. Akron) from the 1975 season.

McManus also earned Mid-American Conference Specialist of the Week honors as well as Athlete of the Week accolades.

Temple (1-0, 0-0 MAC) opens MAC play with defending champion Central Michigan (1-0, 0-0 MAC) on Thursday, Sept. 9. ESPNU will televise the contest live at 7 p.m. from Lincoln Financial Field.

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