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Colorado Buffaloes Kicker James Stefanou named to ESPN Freshman All-American team

Another accolade for the nation’s oldest freshman.

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Colorado Buffaloes kicker James Stefanou earned a spot on ESPN’s Freshman All-American list as the nation’s best freshman kicker. Stefanou became the second Buffs freshman to make a national All-American list in subsequent years (Tim Lynott- USA Today).

Stefanou was the third player in CU history to be named as a semifinalist for the Lou Groza award, recognizing the best kicker in college football. He ended an outstanding first season making 17-of-22 field goals (77.3%, 53-yard long) and was perfect on 35 point after attempts.

The 6’1”, 185 pound native of Melbourne, Australia is currently the nation’s second oldest college football player at the age of 30. He retired as a longtime professional soccer player to pursue a potential career in American Football. Stefanou is the latest product of ProKick Australia, an academy training fundamentals to punters and kickers, to receive honors for excellence in the college football.

Stefanou was one of five Pac-12 players to makes ESPN’s Freshman All-American list, joining Stanford offensive lineman Walker Little, Washington tight end Hunter Bryant along with Arizona linebackers Tony Fields and Colin Schooler.