Oakes named B1G Special Teams player of week

After making three field goals including a school-record 58-yarder against Maryland Saturday, redshirt freshman Griffin Oakes was named the Big Ten's Special Teams Player of the Week.

One of the bright spots that came out of Indiana’s 37-15 loss to Maryland Saturday at Memorial Stadium was that the Hoosiers may have found a placekicker.

Redshirt freshman Griffin Oakes, from Greenwood (Ind.) High School, made three field goals Saturday from 38, 48 and a school-record 58 yards.

Today he was named the Big Ten Special Teams Player of the week.

Oakes is the first Hoosier to pick up the league's special teams award since kicker Mitch Ewald on Oct. 21, 2013.

He is the second Hoosier freshman is as many weeks to be recognized by the Big Ten. True freshman linebacker Tegray Scales earned Big Ten co-Freshman of the Week honors after the team's 31-27 victory over No. 18 Missouri.

Oakes’ 58-yard field goal Saturday yarder set an IU record, breaking Scott Bonnell's mark of 55 (at Michigan on Oct. 28, 1989). It is tied for the 10th-longest field goal in conference history and is the league's longest since 2009.

His three field goals are tied for the seventh-most in program history and he is the first Hoosier with three in a game since Ewald (at Penn State on Nov. 17, 2012). Oakes also recorded three touchbacks on three kickoffs.

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