Name: Jake Moody
Weight: 210 lbs.
High school: Northville (MI) Northville
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