DP's Gonzalez lands with Arizona Cardinals

Nov 27, 2018 | by Bobby Vasquez, INSIDE DP

Zane Gonzalez, former Deer Park High School standout, is the new starting kicker for the Arizona Cardinals.

Drafted in 2016 by the Cleveland Browns (seventh round, 224th overall) Gonzalez was released after Week 2. He signed on with the Arizona practice squad earlier this month and was promoted to starter after Cardinals incumbent Phil Dawson was placed on injured reserve after Sunday’s game. This year, Gonzalez is 2-5 in field goal attempts and perfect on extra points.

In his second season in the NFL, Gonzalez is a career 68 percent field goal kicker and is 90 percent on extra points. The 23-year-old also averages just short of 60 yards in kickoffs.

Gonzalez returns to Arizona where he starred collegiately at Arizona State.

The 2016 Lou Groza Award winner for the nation’s best collegiate kicker finished his four-year career with the Sun Devils as the all-time FBS leader in field goals made (96) and points by a kicker (494). His 23 made field goals out of 25 attempts in the 2016 season led the Pac-12 in both makes and percentage.

Known by Sun Devil fans as “Legatron” Gonzalez made an FBS-leading 14 field goals from at least 40 yards and was a remarkable 7-for-9 on attempts from 50 yards or more. That mark, the second-most ever from long distance in an FBS season, includes the longest FG of the year, a 59 yarder that was also the kick to give him the all-time record for career points by a kicker.

Through the 2016 season, Gonzalez claimed four Lou Groza Star of the Week honors, the most by any kicker in the country. With his four 'Star of the Week' honors this season, Gonzalez has earned an unprecedented six career Groza honors, the most by any kicker in the award's history.

Gonzalez was also named to the 2016 Walter Camp All-America First Team. Gonzalez became the first player since defensive tackle Will Sutton to be listed on the Walter Camp First Team, and is the first specialist in ASU history to earn All-America First Team honors.

Gonzalez was named to four other NCAA first teams after the 2016 football season - The Sporting News, Pro Football Focus All-America, Sports Illustrated and USA Today.

Gonzalez was the first Deer Park football player to be drafted by an NFL team since defensive tackle Tommy Jeter in 1992 (Texas). Jeter went in the third round to the Philadelphia Eagles.

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