The last two weeks have been a bit tough on Oklahoma place kicker Gabe Brkic. The junior has missed his last three field goal attempts and is needing to break his slump in a big way as he very likely could be a determining factor in this weekend’s Bedlam matchup. Perhaps a bit of a confidence booster for Brkic could be the fact that the national media holds him in high regard. On Tuesday he was named as one of three finalists for the Lou Groza Award that goes to the nation’s best kicker.
Brkic leads the nation in long-distance field goals, connecting five times from at least 50 yards out. He got off to a quick start to the season, with three of them in the season opener, tying the all-time FBS record for 50+ FGs in a single game. He connected from 56 yards in each of the first two games of the year, marking the longest Sooner field goals in over 40 years. In addition to his 17-for-23 field goal conversion in 2021, he is perfect on 48 PATs, extending his career-long streak to 150-for-150.
Michigan’s Jake Moody and Ohio State’s Noah Ruggles were also named as finalists for the Groza Award.
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