Photo of Louie Sakoda
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  • 5'9" Height
  • 176LBS. Weight

Overview

A former walk-on, Sakoda earned All-American honors for the second straight year in 2008. Sakoda is only the second player to be named as a Ray Guy and Lou Groza Award finalist (Purdue's Travis Dorsch, 2001), although he won neither. Among the nation's leaders in scoring with 115 points, the diminutive Sakoda is a major reason for Utah's undefeated regular season. His field goal accuracy is outstanding (8-10, 80% from 40-plus, 22-24, 92% total in '08; 57-66, 86% career) and he has a 50-yard-plus range. He also has a 42.1-yard average as a punter, but an astounding 74 fair catches forced and 104 kicks downed inside the 20-yard line. Had an arm span of 29 inches and a hand span of 8 1/4 inches at the combine.

Analysis

Strengths

Positives: Good definition in calves, along with a strong torso and lower body. ... Clutch kicker with no fear, confident at the end of the game and from either hashmark. ... Strong hip snap, goes violently through the ball, but is consistent in his approach and movement. ... Two-step punter with 1.1-1.2 get-off time when at his best. ... Can hang up 40-yard punts 4.6-4.8 seconds with time, especially if trying to pin opponent inside the 10. ... Benefits from altitude, but made a 53-yard field goal and averaged 47 yards a punt against Michigan in Ann Arbor in 2008. Negatives: Inconsistent getting quick elevation on field goals, an area in which he must improve in the NFL. ... Does not have the booming leg to make 55- to 60-yard kicks or send kickoffs into the end zone with regularity. ... Has not been the regular kickoff specialist since his freshman year (only 13 touchbacks from 35-yard line). ... Rarely are NFL punters as small as Sakoda. ... Inconsistent hang-time and punt depth. ... Will back-step with his right foot or add a full step after receiving the snap, leading to longer (1.25-1.35 seccond) touch-to-toe time. ... Does not punt directionally, and is better pinning opponents when kicking from his 40 than the other side of midfield. ... Can get a hand on a returner if needed, but lacks the size to bring him down.
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.
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