Oakes makes his case to become Indiana’s starting kicker

With Indiana’s kicking situation in flux entering Saturday’s game against Maryland, redshirt freshman Griffin Oakes made his case for the starting nod in the 37-15 loss to the Terrapins.

After kicking three field goals, including a school-record 58 yard shot, Oakes appears to have a handle on the job. But he’s not taking anything for granted.

“I don’t feel like anything is set in stone, especially where I’m at now,” Oakes said. “I’ve done nothing to prove myself. I had one good game. (That) shouldn’t have cemented it at all. I gotta come out next week in practice and try to do it again.”

The 58-yarder broke Scott Bonnell’s previous school best of 55 at Michigan in 1989. It is tied for the 10th-longest in Big Ten history and stands as the league’s longest since 2009.

Oakes, who also hit from 38 and 48 yards, is the first Hoosier to connect on three in a game since Mitch Ewald did so at Penn State in 2012. Oakes missed on a 54-yard attempt in the third quarter.

He was also outstanding on kickoffs, finishing with touchbacks on all three of his attempts.

“It’s a good feeling to go out there finally and perform,” Oakes said. “It was good to be out there and show what I can do.”

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