Former Arizona State kicker Zane Gonzalez tied a Senior Bowl single-game record by making three field goals for the North team, which lost to the South, 16-15, during the 2017 Reese’s Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., on Saturday.
Gonzalez scored the North’s first nine points. He became the NCAA all-time leader in career field goals made (96) during his final season with the Sun Devils amidst making 23 of 25 attempts, including seven from 50 yards out or further.
The Lou Groza Award winner was the sole ASU representative to participate in the contest.
Gonzalez’s first field goal came with 3:35 remaining in the first quarter when he knocked in a 22-yard attempt to give the North a 3-0 lead.
kaelenjones: Too easy for @Zane_G5 NFL Network Senior Bowl: From Mobile, Ala. https://t.co/FGCsxq7Ak6 pic.twitter.com/GMdiDupioP— FanSportsClips (@FanSportsClips) January 28, 2017
He would connect on a 29-yard kick during the third quarter before booting a 39-yarder ahead of the quarter’s conclusion.
kaelenjones: ❄️ NFL Network Senior Bowl: From Mobile, Ala. https://t.co/iNqB0aiqhU pic.twitter.com/7GXed8wRcE— FanSportsClips (@FanSportsClips) January 28, 2017
The performance marked the first time a kicker had made three field goals in one Senior Bowl appearance since 1985, when Georgia's Kevin Butler drilled three kicks to lead the South to a 23-7 win.
The 3 FG by @ZaneG_5 today ties a @seniorbowl record, last done in 1985 @FootballASU https://t.co/6YHYWkzHZ0— Reese's Senior Bowl (@seniorbowl) January 28, 2017
With a perfect day, Gonzalez’s stock could stand to rise ahead of the NFL Draft in April.
Proof of the possibility came ahead of Gonzalez’s third attempt when NFL Network draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah said one scout told him Gonzalez is the highest-graded kicker he’s evaluated in over 20 years.
NFL Net's Daniel Jeremiah says one scout told him Gonzalez is the highest-graded kicker he's evaluated in 20+ years. pic.twitter.com/MNjWSv7Ixt— Kaelen Jones (@kaelenjones) January 28, 2017
The NFL Draft will take place in Philadelphia from April 27-29.