2022 Season Countdown: #10 Jake Moody

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31Aug 2022
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2022 Season Countdown: #10 Jake Moody

Jake Moody

Name: Jake Moody
Height: 
6’1″
Weight: 
210 lbs.
High school: 
Northville (MI) Northville
Position: 
Kicker
Class: 
Fifth year senior
Jersey number: 
#13
Last year: 
I ranked Moody #7 and said he would be the starting kickoff specialist and placekicker (LINK). He was the kickoff specialist and made 23/25 field goals and 56/56 extra points.
TTB Rating:
 N/A

Moody went from being a question mark in 2020 – when he made just 1/4 field goals – to a consensus All-American in 2021. It’s probably not a coincidence that fellow kicker Quinn Nordin had gone to the NFL after the 2020 season. It seemed like the pressure of Nordin lurking over his shoulder had been a bit too ominous for him to overcome. Once Nordin was gone, Moody turned into a star. He won the Lou Groza Award as the top kicker in the country and was Big Ten Kicker of the Year.

Moody should be very good again in 2022. Whether he repeats as a winner of all those awards or not, you never know. Other guys could have great seasons, too. If he makes 23/25 field goals and another guy makes 24/25, hats off to the other guy. But it’s not often you get a consensus All-American returning despite being draft eligible. So why is Moody at #10? I can put a kicker in the top ten – or even at #7 like I did last year – but it’s tough to rank a guy all the way at the top who doesn’t play full-time on offense or defense.

Prediction: Starting kickoff specialist and placekicker

4Jan 2022
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Review of 2021 Season Predictions

Aidan Hutchinson

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Now’s your chance to lambaste me for my idiocy, so you can go check out my season predictions if you want (LINK).

LEADING RUSHER
Season prediction: Hassan Haskins, 900 yards
Actual: Hassan Haskins, 1327 yards
Scoop: I thought Michigan might spread the ball around a little more – and I did not expect Haskins to get 270 carries – but Haskins got a big boost in production when Blake Corum injured his ankle. Haskins notched 27, 31, 20, and 28 carries in the wake of Corum’s injury before the latter returned healthy. The last time any running back topped 270 carries in a season was Mike Hart, who had 318 attempts in 2006.

LEADING RECEIVER
Season prediction: Ronnie Bell, 800 yards
Actual: Cornelius Johnson, 620 yards
Scoop: Bell got hurt in the first game of 2021, tearing his ACL on a punt return. He had 1 catch for a 76-yard touchdown at that point. After a two-year run as Michigan’s leading receiver, it was time for a new king, and that new king was 6’3″, 210 lb. Cornelius Johnson. Johnson made 39 catches for 620 yards and 3 touchdowns.

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12Dec 2021
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Michigan’s National and Big Ten Award Winners

Charles Woodson (image via Heisman.com)

I thought about putting together a post for each of the national awards that Michigan players have won, but that would be a bunch of different posts and a lot to keep udpated. Instead, I’ve decided to compile a bunch of national awards into one post while listing the Michigan winners and their season.

NOTE: If there are any awards you think I should add, please let me know.

NATIONAL AWARDS

HEISMAN TROPHY

  • 1940: HB Tom Harmon
  • 1991: WR Desmond Howard
  • 1997: CB Charles Woodson

AP NATIONAL COACH OF THE YEAR

  • 2021: Jim Harbaugh

BROYLES AWARD (Best Assistant Coach)

  • 1997: DC Jim Herrmann
  • 2021: OC Josh Gattis

LOU GROZA AWARD (Best Kicker)

  • 2021: Jake Moody

TED HENDRICKS AWARD (Best Defensive End)

  • 2006: LaMarr Woodley
  • 2021: Aidan Hutchinson

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10Oct 2021
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Michigan 32, Nebraska 29

Hassan Haskins (image via Courier Express)

Even a broken clock is right twice a day. I predicted a 34-28 victory for Michigan (LINK), which was only 3 total points off. And if Michigan hadn’t whiffed on their two-point conversion attempt, it would have been even closer. Essentially, the game went almost exactly how I thought it would. I thought Michigan would be ahead late and then force a turnover, stopping a final drive, much like what happened against Rutgers. Instead, Michigan and Nebraska were tied late, and Brad Hawkins forced a fumble, leading to the game-winning field goal. Nebraska is a tough place to play at night – which we learned back in 2012 when Denard Robinson hurt his elbow and Russell Bellomy entered disastrously. Escaping with a victory this time feels good.

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29Aug 2021
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2021 Season Countdown: #7 Jake Moody

Michigan kicker Jake Moody (2) kicks a field goal to go up 3-0 in the first quarter of their college football game against Notre Dame at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, on Saturday, October 26, 2019. (Mike Mulholland | MLive.com)

Name: Jake Moody
Height:
6’1″
Weight:
211 lbs.
High school:
Northville (MI) Northville
Position:
Kicker
Class:
Senior
Jersey number:
#13
Last year:
I ranked Moody #30 and said he would be the starting kickoff specialist and the part-time placekicker (LINK). He was the kickoff specialist and made 1/4 field goals.
TTB Rating:
N/A

Moody had a season to forget in 2020. And really that forgettable stretch began in the middle of 2019. After making just 2/5 field goals to end that campaign, Moody made just 1/4 field goals last season – including going 0/3 against Minnesota in the season opener. The confidence for Michigan’s kickers has been shaky for the past few seasons, as Moody and Quinn Nordin (now with the Patriots) have alternated. One iffy kicker would be benched for another iffy kicker.

Now there’s only one iffy scholarship kicker on the roster, and it’s Moody. Michigan does have walk-on Cole Hussung and freshman punter/kicker Tommy Doman. Both have potential, but guessing at kicker talent based on highlights is a fool’s errand. Every well regarded kicker/punter has the potential to kick 50-yard field goals and average 45 yards per punt, but do they have the consistent technique and emotional stability to handle the job?

I’m not convinced that Moody can handle the ups and downs of kicking at Michigan, but options are limited. Perhaps with Nordin out of the way, he can settle in and be more consistent. I struggled with where to place Moody because of his inconsistency, but with an offense that may lack explosiveness, it would really help to have a guy who can put the ball through the uprights regularly and prevent too many empty trips into opponent territory.

Predictions: Starting kickoff specialist and placekicker