#1 in the Country

He is the nation's top field goal kicker completing over 90% of his attempts (19-21) and (2.11 per game) he is up for the Lou Groza award given to the nation's top kicker. However, he would throw (or kick) all of that away if he didn't have to kick so many field goals and his team could score more points to win. Caleb Sturgis is a team guy first.

Caleb Sturgis struggled last year as he worked through an injury, but the talent as a kicker has always been there for the Florida junior kicker. He's on a current pace to break some school records, but he would rather be winning games and playing for championships.

"I am glad I have been helping the team," he said. "Some of the games have been a little rough the way we lost. Coming into the year I just wanted to get back and help the team. I have been doing a lot better this year than in years' past so that has been exciting, but I am hoping we will do better in the next few games."

The end of the year awards will be cast for college football in the next couple of weeks and Sturgis is at the top of the kicker list for the Groza Award. It is an honor no doubt, but he would rather be playing for team goals.

"It is obviously something that is pretty neat, but I have been here in the years we went to the national championship and that is something that I would really look forward to," he said.

Sturgis is close to full go and has banged home a few kicks over 50 yards this season. However, he has missed most of the kickoffs this year to allow him more time to heal and not stretch things. In his absence, sophomore Brad Phillips has taken over and done an admirable job.

"He did really well the first week, since then he has struggled on one or two, but overall I think pretty well," Sturgis said of Phillips. "I want to be doing it, but it is something I couldn't do because of my injury. It is good to have someone pretty reliable."

Sturgis has completed his undergraduate work at Florida and is in grad school could certainly opt for the money of the NFL next year but says he will be back at Florida, "That is the plan right now."

Sturgis sits at 8th place all time in scoring at Florida. Another year like this one and he would finish third all-time only behind kicker Jeff Chandler (1997-2001) and quarterback Tim Tebow (2006-2009) in scoring in the annals of Florida football history.

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