Moody makes history – Sports Illustrated Michigan Wolverines News, Analysis and More

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Post-season awards keep coming for the Michigan Wolverines – and the latest award comes as no surprise. Earning the nickname “Money Moody” during the 2021 season, the senior kicker won the Lou Groza Award as the nation’s top spot kicker. In doing so, Moody also became the first UM placekicker to win the award.

You can read the full press release below.


Jake Moody Becomes First-Ever UM Lou Groza Prize Winner

WEST PALM BEACH, Florida – Senior kicker Jake Moody of the No. 2-ranked University of Michigan soccer team has been named the recipient of the 2021 Lou Groza Award, awarded annually to the nation’s top varsity kicker by the Sports Commission of the Palm Beach County. Moody is the first-ever recipient of the Michigan program.

Moody has been nothing short of stellar this historic season, racking up 122 total points, the second-highest single-season total in Michigan history. With 16 more points, Moody will tie Desmond Howard (1991) for the single-season record. He reached that total by converting 22 of 24 field goal tries and the additional 56 points.

Moody ranks in the top six in Michigan’s season records for goals scored (22, 2nd) and goals attempted (24, T-6th). His 56 extra points are also a season record for Michigan.

He’s second in the Big Ten and eighth nationally in field goals per game (1.69 on average). With 122 points this season, Moody is fourth in the Big Ten and 13th in the NCAA in scorers (9.4 on average).

The Northville, Michigan native has scored 16 goals from 30 yards or more, tied for most in the FBS. His 91.7% field goal conversion rate is the highest among FBS kickers with at least 20 field goals and over 50 yards length; ranks second in the league and eighth overall in the NCAA in field goal percentage.

Moody was the 2021 Bakken-Anderson Big Ten Kicker of the Year after winning First Team All-Big Ten Coaching Honors and Third Team Media accolades.

Moody and Hutchinson named Walter Camp Football Foundation All-American: Moody and senior defensive end Aidan Hutchinson became the most recent Wolverines to win All-America First Team honors with their selection to the Walter Camp Football Foundation All-America team. Michigan, Alabama, Georgia, Oregon and Pittsburgh were the only schools to have two awarded first-team players.

David Ablauf, Associate sports director for football communication

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