Griffin Oakes named B1G Kicker of Year, Five Others Are Honored

Per IU Athletics release

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – 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.

Brandon Farkas

Brandon is the Sports Director at Indiana Student Television (IUSTV). He is a senior at Indiana University studying Sport Communications-Broadcast with minors in Telecommunications and Sport Marketing & Management. Outside of IUSTV Sports, Brandon has interned with the Sports Department at Fox 59 News (WXIN) in Indianapolis, IN and ABC-News Channel 20 (WICS) in Springfield, IL. You can follow him on Twitter at bfarkas.

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