Louie Sakoda made the game-winning kick against Oregon State with no time left.
Oct. 23, 2008
SALT LAKE CITY - Utah All-America punter/kicker Louie Sakoda is one of 10 finalists for the inaugural Lowe's Senior CLASS Award in football. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision senior and have notable achievements in these areas: classroom, character, community, and competition.
The nationwide vote begins today and concludes on December 10. Votes from coaches and media will be coupled with fan balloting to determine the recipient of the award. Fans can vote online at www.seniorclassaward.com. For the first time in the award's history, text voting will also be available starting Saturday, October 25th. To vote via text, fans can send the text code `FB9' to 839863.
Sakoda, a two-time Mountain West Conference Special Teams Player of the Year, Ray Guy finalist and Lou Groza semifinalist, won first-team All-America honors as both a punter (FWAA, CBSSports) and kicker (Rivals.com) as a junior last year. He was recently named to the CBSSports.com and Rivals.com midseason All-America teams.
He leads the nation in kick-scoring points with 80 and is tied for first in the nation in made field goals (15-of-17). His only two misses were from a distance of 48 and 54 yards. Sakoda is also tied for first in the country with six made field goals from beyond 40 yards and is second in the nation with two field goals beyond 50 yards. He is a perfect 12-of-12 in field goals from inside 48 yards. Sakoda is one of just five players at any position to score 80 points this season and ranks 12th in the nation (first in the MWC) in points per game (10.0). He has one game-winning field goal to his credit this season (a 37-yarder with 0:00 remaining in Utah's 31-28 win against Oregon State) and two in his career. He also ranks among the national punt leaders--averaging 42.97 yards per punt. Nearly 40% of his punts (13-of-33) have been downed inside the 20-yard line.
Other players who have earned midseason recognition include defensive end Paul Kruger, who selected to the CBSSports.com Midseason All-America team, and quarterback Brian Johnson, who is one of 10 seniors still in the running for the 2008 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award.