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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -

After remaining perfect as a collegian with a 5-for-5 field goal performance at Houston, Memphis true freshman place kicker Jake Elliott received conference and national recognition to begin the week.

Elliott was named the American Athletic Conference Special Teams Player of the Week. College football's top kicking award, the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award presented by the Palm Beach County Sports Commission also recognized Elliott as a "Star of the Week."

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He was also named the College Performance Award's National Specialist of the Week.

Elliott ran his field goal kicking streak to 10-for-10 to begin his career with his 5-for-5 performance at Houston.

Elliott had a 33-yard boot in the first quarter and a career-long, 50-yarder along with a 24-yarder in the second quarter. He added a 42-yarder with 7:34 to play in the third quarter to give the Tigers their first lead (12-10). His fifth with 4:34 to play in the third quarter (15-10 Memphis) tied a school record set by Ryan White vs. UAB in 1999. White was 5-for-6 in that game.

Elliott's 15 points kicking against Houston ranks fourth in school history. It is the most points by a kicker since Stephen Gostkowski had 17 against Arkansas State in 2004.

Elliott also had three tackles in the game.

Four of Elliott's 10 field goals this season have been from 40 yards or more. He is also 8-for-8 on point after tries and leads the Tigers with 38 points scored.

The University of Memphis begins a three-game home stand Saturday when the Tigers play host to SMU. Kickoff for ESPN Regional's American Game of the Week is 11 a.m. in Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.

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