ATLANTA--True freshman Christian Benvenuto had large shoes to fill, replacing third-team All-American Iain Vance as the Georgia State placekicker, and the rookie did not disappoint. Benvenuto was named National Placekicker Performer of the Week by the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA), sharing the honor with Cody Sandlin of UT-Martin.
On his first collegiate field goal try, Benvenuto booted a 44-yard field goal on GSU's first possession. He added a 45-yard field goal and was a perfect 4-for-4 on extra points. The Palm Coast, Fla., native, who attended Matanzas High School, also handled kickoff duties as he helped Georgia State to the 41-7 victory over Clark Atlanta.
Benvenuto was one of three Panthers honored by the CFPA. Quarterback Bo Schlechter was an honorable mention selection as Quarterback Performer of the Week, and tight end Emmanuel Ogbuehi, who caught three passes for 28 yards, was an honorable mention choice as Tight End Performer of the Week.
Georgia State (1-0) hosts future CAA foe Old Dominion Saturday at 12 noon at the Georgia Dome.