Former Dragon Kicker Hit Game-winner for BYU in Week 1
Sep 15, 2016 08:48AM ● Published by Kevin
Jake Oldroyd, just after hitting the game winner over Arizona in Week 1, 2016. Photo courtesy of BYU Athletics.
Southlake Style: You had a huge game, Week 1; it was your first-ever college attempt, you hit the game winner with 8 seconds to go … Take us through that moment and everything that happened after.
Jake Oldroyd: I didn’t start the game and didn’t know if I was going to play at all. After an early missed PAT and a close call on a field goal, they told me after that that I’d be kicking field goals for the rest of the game. From the first half, I was prepared for whatever I was going to do for the rest of the game.
I didn’t get that opportunity until the end of the game. I was waiting the whole game and I was ready. We got scored on on the long touchdown run with a minute and a half left in the game. At that point, I knew we’d get a drive together and put me in position for a winner. We got down pretty close, I took it nice and easy and tried to block everything out and just focus. Mentally I took myself back to hitting attempts in practice, and when the time came, it ended up going through.
SS: In your second game, you had some success as well, kicking two of the longest kicks of your career. How are you feeling right now and what are your hopes for the rest of the season?
Oldroyd: I’m feeling pretty confident. I’m starting to get the hang of this college experience. It's not too much different than high school. In terms of the environments I’m playing in, I'm feeling more confident after the first two games under my belt. I'm looking forward to my first home game this weekend. Still making kicks. That’s the goal.
SS: How did you get into this position in the first place? How did you get to BYU?
Oldroyd: Going through high school, I always wanted to go to a school in Utah. My parents grew up here. I was born here. I have a lot of family here. I really love this place. I applied to Utah, Utah State and BYU. I knew I’d be a walk on to one of those places, because I didn’t anticipate getting a scholarship.
I ended up getting a preferred walk on option wherever I was going. In early spring, I got in contact with coach [Ed] Lamb and coach [Ty] Detmer. I had conversations with them and started leaning toward BYU. After getting in and getting accepted, that was my choice. It was always my first choice.
I tore my
meniscus and sprained my MCL on the third day of camp. I was competing for the starting spot
in field goals and kickoffs, but that set me back. I was planning on being the backup
after coming back the Monday before the Arizona game, but things just went my
way after the things that happened during the game.
SS: How are you adjusting to college life?
Oldroyd: I love it. It’s been a lot of fun for me so far. It’s ben super busy but I think it’s really helpful to learn discipline and tiem management. Balancing all the stuff I have going on. I’ve really enjoyed my time here so far.
SS: Reflect on your career at Carroll – favorite moments, things you learned that help you now.
Oldroyd: I think the biggest thing that’s helped me is definitely the fanbase we had at Carroll. They were always so loud and traveled so well. It helps you in a pressure situation. After playing in games like that, it's helped a lot to translate into the college game, obviously.
My favorite moment has to be the Tulsa Union game my junior year at Cowboys Stadium when we won in overtime. I kicked a couple of field goals and kicked the extra point that put us into overtime. Then, we won on the tricky play that Parker [Fentrissm] threw to Ryan [Agnew]. That was my first or second start. I can’t remember.
The Mansfield game also my junior year. I hit an onside kick that I’d been working hard on. We were able to recover it and turn it around and end up winning and advancing in the playoffs.
Beating Cedar Hill in the first round my senior year after losing in my junior year first round of playoffs was good. We had a lot of close games my junior year that were memorable, like Coppell and Trinity, too.
SS: Any idea on a major/career path yet?
Oldroyd: I'm working on finance and accounting. I always wanted to be in business. I like finance. BYU has one of the strongest accounting programs in the nation, so I’m working to make a decision between those. They each have the same prerequisites, so I’m leaning toward one of those, but don't have to make a decision quite yet.
SS: What do you miss the most about Southlake?
Oldroyd: Probably my family, honestly. I haven’t been away form them for too long, but that’s probably what I miss the most. I’d probably just say Friday nights, too. The games here are awesome, but you’ll never get to experience that Friday night high school football feeling again. Playing in that stadium is definitely something I wish I could do again.
SS: What would you like to say to the folks back home?
Oldroyd: I remember in high school a lot of the time we’d hear from the college athletes or the guys that had gone to the next level. They’d say, 'Cherish the moments you have in high school football. You’ll never get them back. It’s a one of a kind experience.' I always brushed it off and thought college has got to be way better. After being in both of those positions, I can definitely say high school is something you need to slow down and appreciate, especially the football program. It’s special and something you won’t get to experience again, so I would say that to the football team.