clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Chase McLaughlin named Big Ten Kicker of the Year

#KickerSchool

NCAA Football: South Florida at Illinois Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports

Don’t call it a lost season.

Senior Chase McLaughlin was named Big Ten Kicker of the Year by the conference on Tuesday.

McLaughlin also earned First-Team All-Big Ten honors.

Illinois’ kicker never missed an extra point in his career, hitting 20-of-25 field goals this season. He also led the Big Ten in field goals per game (1.67) and tied the FBS lead with nine 40-yard field goals made this season.

There was a point this season where offensive coordinator Rod Smith had to reiterate that he “loves Chase McLaughlin, but would rather have a touchdown.”

It’s nice to have a good kicker.

We wish you the best in the NFL, Chase!