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Griffin Oakes named Big Ten Kicker of the Year



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Senior kicker Griffin Oakes kicks an extra point during the first half against Wisconsin on Nov. 4 at Memorial Stadium. Oakes was named the 2017 Big Ten Conference Bakken-Andersen Kicker of the Year on Thursday. Bobby Goddin Buy Photos

Senior kicker Griffin Oakes was named the Big Ten Kicker of the Year for the second time in his career, the Big Ten conference announced Thursday.

Oakes had his most efficient season in 2017, making 16-of-17 field goals. His only miss came on a blocked kick against Michigan, when he also hit a field goal at the end of regulation to send the game to overtime.

The four-year starter finished his IU career with 69 made field goals, the most in program history. His 94.1 percent conversion rate on field goals this season was second in all of the FBS and best in the Big Ten.

Oakes rebounded from a difficult 2016 campaign where he made just 16 of his 26 attempts and missed more field goals than any other kicker in the FBS. In 2015, Oakes made a career-high 24 field goals as he picked up his first Big Ten Kicker of the Year award. 

Oakes will leave IU having made at least 13 field goals in each of his four seasons as the Hoosiers' primary kicker. He finished his career with 354 points and a 76.7 percent field goal rate. 

Jake Thomer 

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