IU’s Oakes is the 2015 Big Ten Kicker of the Year

Whenever Indiana’s Hoosiers starts a football game by kicking off to the opposition these day, it can usually count on the foe having to start from its own 25. After a touchback.

And that’s just one of the many reasons IU redshirt-sophomore Griffin Oakes was announced as the Big Ten Bakken-Andersen Kicker of the Year by the conference Monday night.

The league released its 2015 defensive and special-teams award winners and, in addition to Oakes, junior defensive tackle Darius Latham, senior defensive end Nick Mangieri, redshirt-soph linebacker Marcus Oliver, redshirt-junior return specialist Mitchell Paide and fifth-year senior outside-linebacker Zack Shaw earned honorable mention from either the coaches or media or both.

Oakes is the first Hoosier kicker to have earned First Team All-Big Ten status since Austin Starr in 2007, having led the league in field goals (22), accuracy (88 percent, on 22 of 25) and place-kicker scoring (9.5 points per game). Oakes has recorded 51 touchbacks on 83 kickoffs and posted a kickoff average of 63.5 yards, also league-leading numbers.

IU’s full press release on Monday’s Big Ten award announcements is below the fold:

Indiana kicker Griffin Oakes has been named the Bakken-Andersen Kicker of the Year, the Big Ten announced Monday evening. The redshirt sophomore is the first Hoosier to earn the honor.

Oakes also became the first Hoosier since Austin Starr (2007) to collect first team All-Big Ten accolades (coaches and media).

The conference announced defensive and special teams award winners this evening, and five IU standouts received honorable mention recognition: junior defensive tackle Darius Latham (coaches), senior defensive end Nick Mangieri (coaches and media), redshirt sophomore linebacker Marcus Oliver (media), redshirt junior return specialist Mitchell Paige and fifth-year senior bandit Zack Shaw (coaches).

Oakes is first in the Big Ten in field goal percentage (88.0, 9th nationally), first in field goals (22, T-6th), and first among B1G kickers (T-6th) and third among all players (T-14th) with 9.5 points per game.

He has 51 touchbacks on 83 kickoffs. The Greenwood, Ind., native leads the conference in touchbacks (T-6th nationally), touchback percentage (61.5, 15th) and kickoff average (63.5, 15th).

Oakes is 22-of-25 (88.0) on field goals and 48-of-52 (92.3) on extra points in 2015. He is first in field goals, tied for second in PATs and tied for third in points (114) on IU’s single season lists.

In his career, Oakes is seventh on the program’s career field goals chart, hitting 35-of-43 (81.4), and seventh on the extra points ledger, connecting on 71-of-75 (94.7).

Latham is tied for second on the team with 10 tackles for loss in nine starts and 10 games overall. He leads the interior linemen with four sacks and 28 tackles.

Mangieri tops the team with nine sacks, which shares fourth in the Big Ten and 15th nationally, and sits sixth on the Indiana single-season list. He also paces the Hoosiers with 11 tackles for loss to go along with 48 tackles, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and one blocked kick.

Oliver became the first Hoosier with 100 tackles since Matt Mayberry (108) in 2009 and ranks 10th in the Big Ten with 8.5 tackles per game. He has had a hand in seven turnovers – four forced fumbles, tied for seventh nationally, two interceptions and one recovery. In 26 career games, Oliver has assisted on 10 takeaways – seven forced fumbles, two INTs and one recovery.

Paige is the first Hoosier with two punt return touchdowns in a season since 1990 (Rob Turner). He is tied for second nationally with his two scores and owns 199 yards (22nd nationally) on 17 returns, an 11.7 average (22nd).

Shaw is second on the team with 10 TFLs, tied for second with four sacks and owns 46 tackles. He leads the way with 24.5 career tackles for loss and is second with nine sacks. The Coshocton, Ohio, native has at least one stop for loss in seven of his last nine games.

 

3 comments

  1. Damn little respect for Mangieri and his #’s as he should be 2nd team on sacks alone. Good thing we had a .500 season or Oakes probably would have been the only name from IU recognized.

  2. Well good for him. The honor is well deserved. But honestly, I’m surprised that any IU defenders received any kind of recognition at all. If any IU defender deserved to be honored, certainly it was Mangieri.

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