UTAH: The only unanimous Consensus All-American in Utah football history, he was a 2008 first-team place-kicker by all five of the organizations that vote on the consensus team: Associated Press, American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), Football Writers Association (FWAA), Walter Camp and Sporting News ... second player in the history of the FWAA (joining USC's Reggie Bush) to make first-team All-American at two positions (punter in 2007 and place-kicker in 2008) ... second player ever to be named a Ray Guy and Lou Groza finalist in the same year (2008) ... three-time Mountain West Conference Special Teams Player of the Year (2006-08) ... named MWC Special Teams Player of the Week a league-record 12 times ... three-time Ray Guy top 10 semifinalist (2006-08) and two-time Lou Groza Award semifinalist (2007-08) ... 2008 NCAA Top VIII award winner ... 2008 Draddy Trophy finalist and National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete (which came with an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship) ... 2008 first-team Academic All-America kicker ... finalist for the Lowe's Senior Class Award and Wuerffel Trophy ... four-year starting punter and three-year starting kicker holds most of Utah's kicking and punting career records (see Career Rankings) ... 308 career points broke a 76-year old school scoring record ... 57 career field goals set the MWC record ... made 56 consecutive PATs from 2006-07 and again in 2008 ... 42.9% (104-of-242) of his career punts were downed inside the 20-yard line ... had game-winning field goals from 37 yards with no time left against Air Force in 2006 and Oregon State in 2008 ... 22 career punts were downed inside the 5-yard line ... invited to play in the Senior Bowl ... four-time Academic All-MWC student ... Vice President of Utah's Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) ... participated in a campaign with the governor's office to combat drunk driving ("Punt the Keys").
CAREER RECORD WATCH Field Goal Pct.: .864 (1st) Field Goals Made: 57 (1st) Field Goal Attempts: 66 (1st, tie) PAT Made: 137 (1st) PAT Attempts: 140 (1st) PAT Pct.: .979 (4th) Scoring (Overall): 308 (1st) Scoring (Kick): 308 (1st) Punts: 242 (1st) Punt Yards: 10,188 (1st) Punt Average: 42.1 (3rd) 50-yard Punts: 50 (1st)
2008-Unanimous Consensus All-America kicker, earning first-team honors from the AP, AFCA, FWAA, Sporting News and Walter Camp ... second player ever to be named a top-three finalist for both the Lou Groza (place-kicking) and Ray Guy (punting) awards in the same year ... MWC Special Teams Player of the Year ... first-team All-MWC punter and kicker ... NCAA Top VIII winner ... Draddy Trophy finalist and National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete ... ESPN The Magazine first-team All-America kicker ... finalist for the Lowe's Senior Class Award and Wuerffel Trophy ... five-time MWC Special Teams Player of the Week ... two-time Lou Groza `Star of the Week' (Sept. 1 and Nov. 3) ... 22-of-24 field goals (91.7%) ... only two misses were from 48 and 54 yards ... average make was 38.4 yards, average miss 51 yards ... second in the nation in kick-scoring points (122) and seventh in points scored from all positions ... led the MWC and ranked eighth in the nation in scoring (9.38 ppg) ... 91.7 field goal percentage ranked second in the nation and second all-time at Utah for a single season ... 18-of-18 from 47-yards and in and 2-of-3 from 50 yards and out ... tied for fourth in the country in made field goals (22), tied for sixth in field goals made beyond 40 yards (8) and tied for fifth in field goals made beyond 50 yards (2) ... tied his own school record with 15 consecutive field goals ... set Utah single-season records for field goals (22), PATs (56), points (122) and points per game (9.38) ... 56-of-57 in PATs (his first one of the year was blocked) ... 56 consecutive made PATs tied his own record set in 2007 ... tied the school record for PAT kicks in a game against San Diego State (9-for-9) ... game-winning 37-yard field goal against Oregon State with 0:00 on the clock was part of a 3-for-3 effort ... career long 53-yard field goal in the third quarter against Michigan proved the game-winning score (also tied for the fourth-longest field goal in school history) ... tied the school record for field goals in a game with four against Michigan ... tied the school record for kicking points in a game vs. Weber State with 16 ... averaged 42.1 yards per punt ... 42.8% (24-of-56) of punts were downed inside the 20-yard line, including 13 inside the 15-yard line and five inside the 5-yard line ... downed four of five punts against New Mexico inside the 20-yard line, including one on the 2-yard line and one on the 1-yard line (with 1:58 left in the game and Utah holding a three-point lead) ... 14 punts of 50-plus yards ... career-long 81-yard punt against Wyoming (the fifth-longest in school history) ... three punts of 50 yards or more against BYU ... 1-of-2 passing for nine yards on fake punt plays ... Academic all-MWC.
2007-First-team All-America punter by the FWAA and CBS.com ... SI.com and College Football News' second-team All-America punter ... Rivals.com first-team All-America kicker ... second-team All-America kicker by Phil Steele and College Football News ... MWC Special Teams Player of the Year .... first-team all-conference punter and second-team all-MWC kicker ... Ray Guy Award semifinalist (top 10) ... Lou Groza Award semifinalist ... four-time MWC Special Teams Player of the Week ... finished No. 1 in the MWC and No. 11 in the nation in punt average (44.3) ... 73 punts was the third-most in a season at Utah ... 3,231 yards ranked second in a season ... 28-of-73 total punts downed inside the 20-yard line ... had six punts fall inside the 5-yard line ... 21 punts of 50 yards or longer was the second-best season total in school history ... four 60-yard punts included a long of 67 ... set a school record with 19 field goals (which he broke again in 2008) ... tied for third in the nation in field goal percentage (86.4%) for kickers with at least 20 attempts ... made 19-of-22 field goals ... third in the country in field goals made from beyond 40 yards (10) ... 10-of-13 from 40 yards and out and 1-of-2 from beyond 50 yards ... only misses were from 45, 48 and 51 yards ... season-long 51-yard field goal against San Diego State ... 59% of his field goal attempts were from beyond 40 yards ... averaged 38.6 yards per made field goal ... perfect inside 40 yards (9-of-9) ... 15 consecutive field goals set the school record, which he later tied in 2008 ... made three field goals against UCLA, San Diego State and Wyoming ... 38-of-40 in PATs ... led team in scoring with 95 points ... in fake punt situations, he was 2-of-2 passing for 42 yards (long of 41 against Wyoming) and rushed twice for 26 yards ... MWC Scholar Athlete, Academic all-MWC and member of Utah's Athletics-Academics Honor Roll.
2006-MWC Co-Special Teams Player of the Year ... Armed Forces Bowl MVP ... honorable mention all-MWC place-kicker and punter ... Ray Guy Award semifinalist (top 10) ... honorable mention Sophomore All-American by CollegeFootballNews.com ... three-time MWC Special Teams Player of the Week ... averaged 44.0 yards per punt, which ranked second in the MWC and 13th in the nation ... led Utah to a No. 1 national ranking in net punting (41.6) by placing more than 50% (30-of-59) of his punts inside the 20-yard-line... 14 punts for 50 yards or longer season-long punt of 75 yards against Northern Arizona ... made 80% (16-of-20) of his field goal attempts ... two of his four FG misses were from 47 yards or longer ... 91 kick-scoring points ... led the MWC in PATs, making 43-of-43 attempts ... Armed Forces Bowl MVP made all four field goal attempts, including a season-long 45-yarder ... four field goals vs. Tulsa tied the school single-game record ... averaged 47.3 yards punting in Utah's bowl win - placing two of his three punts inside Tulsa's 20-yard line ... kicked a 37-yard game-winning field goal against Air Force as time expired ... made his first collegiate field goal attempt, a 44-yarder at UCLA ...made his first seven field-goal attempts before missing a 50-yarder ... rushed for 32 yards on two fake punts ... MWC Scholar Athlete and Academic all-MWC ... also made the Athletics Academic Honor Roll.
2005- Played and started in 12 games at punter ... also handled kickoffs ... punted 54 times for an average of 37.1 yards ... 22 of his punts (41%) were downed inside the opponent's 20-yard line ... season-best 52-yard punt came against Colorado State ... MWC Scholar Athlete and Academic all-MWC.
HIGH SCHOOL: Two-time all-league player for Branham HS (San Jose, Calif.) ... named Most Outstanding Special Teams Player ... two-time all-academic team ... made 98-of -103 PATs ... had a long field goal of 47 yards as a senior ... averaged 51 yards per punt as a junior ... also helped baseball team to league title in 2004 ... three-year varsity baseball player at pitcher and center field.
PERSONAL: Son of Raymond and Mary Sakoda ... business marketing major ... born Oct. 28, 1986.
YEAR G/GS PUNT YDS AVG LONG I20 2005 12/12 54 2002 37.1 52 22 2006 13/13 59 2598 44.0 75 30 2007 13/13 73 3231 44.3 67 28 2008 13/13 56 2357 42.1 81 24 Totals 51/51 242 10188 42.1 81 104
YEAR G PAT PCT FG-A PCT LONG 2006 13/13 43-43 1.000 16-20 .800 45 2007 13/13 38-40 .943 19-22 .864 51 2008 13/13 56-57 .982 22-24 .917 53 Totals 39/39 137-140 .978 57-66 .863 53