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SALT LAKE CITY - Utah junior Louie Sakoda has been named a Rivals.com first-team All-America place kicker. Rivals.com factored versatility into Sakoda's selection, noting that he is also one of the nation's top punters.
With 19 field goals, Sakoda has broken a 22-year old school record for field goals in a season. He is 19-of-22 overall and 10-of-13 from 40 yards and out. He is tied for second in the nation in field goals made from beyond 40 yards (10) and is averaging 38.6 yards per made field goal. Sakoda's 86.4% field goal average is tied for fifth in the nation among players with at least 20 attempts.
Rivals liked that Sakoda ranks eighth in the nation in punting, averaging 44.8 yards per punt and placing placed 27 of his 69 attempts inside the opponent's 20-yard line.
Sakoda is one of a handful of players in the country who excel at both punter and kicker. He ranks first in the nation for active dual kicker/punters in career punts (182) and career punt yards (7,693). His 83.3 career field goal percentage (35-of-42) ranks first among all active dual kicker/punters and eighth among all active players with at least 20 makes. In addition, he averages more yards per punt than any other player in the nation who starts at both punter and kicker (minimum 20 field goal attempts).