BYU Kicker Jake Oldroyd Named To Preseason Watch List

Jul 27, 2022, 11:52 AM
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BYU football kicker Jake Oldroyd is on the Lou Groza Award Watch list for the 2022 season. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
(Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)

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 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.

Oldroyd and the BYU football program open the 2022 season against the South Florida Bulls on Saturday, September 3, in Tampa on ESPNU and KSL NewsRadio.

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

Mitch Harper is a BYU Insider for and host of the Cougar Tracks Podcast (SUBSCRIBE) and Cougar Sports Saturday (Saturday from 12–3 p.m.) on KSL Newsradio. Follow him on Twitter: @Mitch_Harper.

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