Michigan Kicker Jake Moody Earns MVP Honors at East-West Shrine Bowl
The East-West Shrine Bowl is one of college football’s oldest and most prestigious all-star games, and this year’s MVP was no exception. On Thursday, Michigan kicker Jake Moody was awarded MVP honors for his impressive performance in the West team’s 12-3 victory over the East at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas.
Moody, a two-time national All-American, made all four of his field goal attempts, from 51, 51, 35 and 35 yards respectively. He also handled kickoff duties for the West team. His 51-yard field goal with 33 seconds remaining in the first quarter opened the scoring, while his second 51-yarder with 11:06 to play in the third served as the game-winner. His second 35-yard field goal with 1:16 left put the game away, sealing Moody’s MVP honors.
Moody’s impressive performance at the Shrine Bowl was a fitting end to his time at Michigan. He was the first kicker to earn Shrine Bowl offensive MVP honors since 2015, and was Michigan’s first-ever Lou Groza Award winner in 2021 as the nation’s best kicker. During his five-year career at Michigan, he was 69 of 84, an 82-percent completion rate. He also kicked a career-long 59-yard field goal in the Fiesta Bowl.
Moody’s success at the Shrine Bowl has earned him a high profile as he prepares to enter the 2023 NFL Draft in April. He is considered one of the top kickers in the draft and will be a highly-prized prospect for teams looking for a seasoned kicker who can do it all – from extra points and field goals to kickoffs. When asked about the possibility of hearing his name called during the draft, Moody said, “We’ll see. That’d be a blessing. I’m hoping for that.”
The East-West Shrine Bowl was a successful showcase for Jake Moody and his impressive college career. His performance earned him MVP honors and has set him up for a successful transition to the NFL.