The Wisconsin Badgers are getting some recognition this week, with Sophomore Kicker Nathanial Vakos bringing home the Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week honors for the first time in his NCAA career.
— Wisconsin Football (@BadgerFootball) September 25, 2023
Nathaniel Vakos by the Numbers for the Wisconsin Badgers
His performance against Purdue this past Friday is what gave him the honors, but he has been solid all season for the Badgers. On Friday, Vakos was a perfect 3-3 in both extra points and field goals to help drive the Wisconsin Badgers to a 38-17 to open Big Ten Conference play for the Badgers. His three field goals were in the second half, helping to solidify the win.
Nathanial Vakos was able to connect on a 38-yard, 22-yard, and 48-yard field goal for the Badgers. He’s second in the Big Ten in field goals, only behind Dragan Kesich of Minnesota. He’s the only Big Ten kicker to have made 5 attempts at field goals and make each one of them. He also holds the 5th longest field goal in the Big Ten this season with a 49-yarder.
And it’s gooooood 🙌
— Wisconsin Football (@BadgerFootball) September 23, 2023
Vakos transferred to the Wisconsin Badgers from Ohio after going 19-23 in field goals in his first collegiate season. The last time a Badgers Special Teams honor was Collin Larsh in October of 2021.
Bryce Kirtz of Northwestern was named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week, Lathan Ransom of Ohio State brought home the honors on the defensive side, and Darius Taylor of Minnesota was named the Freshman of the Week.