Oberkrom Tabbed Lou Groza Award Semifinalist
Nov. 5, 2012
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- TCU's Jaden Oberkrom has been named a semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award, presented to the nation's top placekicker.
A true freshman from Arlington, Texas, Oberkrom is 15-of-20 on field goals and 36-of-36 on extra-point attempts.
Oberkrom is second in the Big 12 and tied for eighth in the nation at 1.67 field goals per game. His 81 points rank second nationally for freshman kickers, trailing only the 83 by Duke's Ross Martin.
Oberkrom set TCU and Big 12 records, while tying the NCAA freshman mark, with six field goals against Texas Tech. His 42-yard kick with 18 seconds left in regulation forced overtime. Oberkrom's 23 points (six field goals, five PATs) against the Red Raiders broke TCU and Big 12 single-game records for points scored by kicking. He was one shy of the NCAA mark.
Oberkrom's 10 consecutive made field goals earlier this season was the seventh-longest streak in TCU history. His current run of 36 consecutive PATs is fifth-best for a single season at TCU and seventh all-time for the Horned Frogs.
Oberkrom's season-long 50-yard field goal versus Iowa State marked the longest made kick by a Horned Frog since 2008. He has 26 touchbacks on 53 kickoffs.
TCU's Michael Reeder won the 1995 Lou Groza Award.