BYU Kicker Jake Oldroyd Named To Preseason Watch List
PROVO, Utah – BYU football kicker Jake Oldroyd is once again a watch-list candidate for the Lou Groza Award.
Oldroyd, who is a fifth-year junior, earns his second preseason Groza Award watch list designation. The other preseason nod came last season.
The Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award has announced the 2022 Preseason Watch List!
— Lou Groza Award (@LouGrozaAward) July 27, 2022
The Lou Groza Award is presented annually to college football’s best kicker. The Palm Beach County Sports Commission creates the Groza Award watch list.
Two years ago, Oldroyd was a finalist for the top honor given to a college kicker. He was a perfect 13-of-13 during the COVID-impacted 2020 campaign. He appeared in 11 of BYU’s 12 games that season.
Last year, Oldroyd only appeared in 10 of BYU’s 13 due to tightness in his back. His accuracy in the 2020 season took a step back in 2021. Oldroyd finished 9-of-13 on field goal attempts and 42-of-43 on extra points.
A native of Southlake, Texas, Oldroyd has had an impactful career thus far at BYU. In 2019 (88 points) and 2020 (99), he led BYU in scoring.
Oldroyd is sixth all-time in most points scored by a BYU football player with 266. He’s six points away from tying former BYU running back and current RB coach Harvey Unga for fifth in scoring.
Speaking of the Bulls, USF’s kicker Spencer Shrader is one of five opposing kickers BYU will face during their 2022 schedule.
2022 Lou Groza Award Preseason Watch List
* = indicates player BYU will face in 2022
Jacob Barnes, Louisiana Tech
Andres Borregales, Miami
Cayden Camper, Colorado State
Ryan Coe, Cincinnati
Owen Daffer, East Carolina*
Jonah Dalmas, Boise State*
Mitchell Finerman, Purdue
Blake Grupe, Notre Dame*
Daniel Gutierrez, UNLV
Seth Keller, Texas State
Casey Legg, West Virginia
Cam Little, Arkansas*
Zack Long, Tulsa
Tyler Loop, Arizona
Connor Lytton, Boston College
Harrison Mevis, Missouri
Jake Moody, Michigan
Brayden Narveson, Western Kentucky
Jacob Oldroyd, BYU
Jack Podlesny, Georgia
BT Potter, Clemson
Will Reichard, Alabama
John Richardson, Northern Illinois
Noah Ruggles, Ohio State
Chad Ryland, Maryland
Jared Sackett, UTSA
Matthew Shipley, Hawaii
Spencer Shrader, USF*
Andre Szmyt, Syracuse
Brandon Talton, Nevada
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