Griffin Oakes named Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week #iufb

Three weeks after the worst game of his career, Griffin Oakes found redemption.

The Big Ten named Oakes its Special Teams Player of the Week on Monday after the Indiana kicker set a career high and tied an IU record with four field goals against Michigan. Oakes connected from 39, 36, 51 and 24 yards on Saturday and leads the Big Ten in field goal percentage (88.9). He’s also first among conference kickers and second overall with 8.5 points per game and is second in field goals (16).

Oakes also has 42 touchbacks on 64 kickoffs this year and lead the conference in touchbacks and touchback percentage (65.6).

“He’s a very good kicker,” Wilson said.

Oakes has rebounded well from a rough outing at Michigan State on Oct. 24, when he missed two extra point attempts and a 42-yard field goal. During his last two games, Oakes is a perfect 6-for-6 on field goal opportunities.


  1. Though this should be 6 and 6 successes Oakes instrumental for 2016. Receiving upgraded for 2016. Georgia HS qb along with jr college qb with a willing ZD should solidify qb position. All along KW has been recruiting offensive lineman. J. H. NEEDS TO STAY. Defense will be better. 2016 will be a very good year for IU football.

  2. t,
    I’m of the mind that next year’s quarterback is not currently on the roster. Will be interesting to see what Texas JuCo quarterback Richard Lagow decides over the next week or two. He received his IU offer while visiting for the Michigan game over the weekend. He originally committed to UConn before transferring and redshirting a season at Oklahoma State. He’s been at Cisco (Texas) Community College the last couple years. Looks like IU and UNLV are the two schools deep in the mix right now.

  3. Jr college qb will work and give Georgia HS qb time to develop and evolve. I think in a year 2 or 3 he will play by waiting his turn or because of injury.

  4. It doesn’t matter if we can score 30 or 40 a game if you are giving up 40 or 50. I mean come on, our problem for the last 5 years has been defense and nobody who is being honest will say we have ever made progress at all. The only way this battleship gets turned around is when we find someone who has a track record of having a decent defense.

  5. Not all defense. I have seen offense not come through sometimes when defense played fairly well. If defense gives up 40 or 50 then offense needs to score 50 or 60.

  6. T, I agree with you and hope things come together for 2016 along with winning the last two games this year. I hope the jc QB saw how coming to IU will push for beating the top teams in the Big Ten. I know the money is a factor in Jordan Howard’s decision but I also hope he looks at coming back to get him a better drafting position the following year along with preparing him better for the NFL.

    Our defense needs to improve but we need to get some outstanding DLmen and DE to battle the OL in the Big Ten. We have competition in the DBs especially with another D1 DB being eligible next year. We have some talented DBs but they need to learn how to play deep passes much better. As a former DB coach I don’t understand why the coaches aren’t getting them better on deep passes. They are better on the short passes with tight coverage but deep passes was shown in the Iowa game as their DB used the baseball turn to get to the deep pass on the sideline and picked it off against us which is one technique I taught my DBs. I always thought teaching them how to defend deep passes was the most important skill then teach them how to shut down the short and intermediate passes. It doesn’t seem like the coaches are doing that but my first year at Wayne it took me most of the season to overcome what they were taught before so maybe the coaches are working hard at it but not seeing progress on it yet.

    t, I hope the way you see 2016 works out like that as we would be a very good team even better than this year if it all works out.

  7. I believe we’ll see CB coach Brandon Shelby replaced at the end of the season. Knorr will be seen as insisting upon it to save his DC job. I think S coach Joseph stays as he is also defensive recruiting coordinator. For IU’s passing D no 1 is more in the cross hairs than Shelby after his 5 years at IU. The hell of it is Shelby is a good recruiter in the South. Time tells all.

  8. HC the DB coaches will be back and the DBs will be much better next year from their experience playing this year. Both DB coaches work with C and Safeties and it takes time for the DBs to learn proper technique. I hope the coaches are teaching them the proper techniques. We have another DB from SC to add to the mix next year so it should be good competition.

    As far as a good DC our DC had Wake Forest rated #35 in the country so give him time to get the recruits in he needs to run this defense. It will be interesting to see if recruiting picks up this coming winter.

  9. v13,
    I have no overall beef with either Knorr or Joseph. But I evaluate Shelby over the previous 4 seasons along with the present 1. I really appreciate Wilson co-mingling the responsibilities with Joseph(also that says something is happening – to me it is a tip off of things to come)It has made no difference whether he had underclassmen, upperclassmen, talent, low talent or players coming from a different position to CB. His CB’s never comprehend their job is pass coverage 1A and run support is 1B whether zone or m/m. No way Knorr doesn’t see that. Coach I’ll bet your CB’s understood it.

  10. HC I don’t doubt your evaluation based on how the Cs played for him. I think adding in Coach Joseph may be a way to keep a good recruiter [Shelby] while minimizing any coaching shortcomings. I don’t attend any practices and that is where you really see the coaching ability but based on results over the years I think your evaluation is correct.

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