John Baron II
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John Baron Career Stats
- Oct. 20, 2016
A Lou Groza Award and All-America candidate ... Strong, left-footed kicker who handles PATs, field goals and kickoff duties, now in his fourth season with the program ... Has a cannon of a leg ... An accurate and clutch kicker ... Enters 2017 with 19 consecutive field goal makes from 50 or less yards.
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2016)
Was named a Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award semifinalist on Nov. 3, the first Aztec semifinalist for the award since J.C. Mejia in 2003 ... Was named a first-team all-Mountain West performer, the first Aztec kicker on an MW first team in league history and just the third in program history (also Chris O'Brien in 1985 and Al Limahelu in 1970) ... Was nearly perfect on the season, going 56-for-58 in PATs and 21-for-23 in field goal attempts ... Also has kicked off 94 times for 5,891 yards (62.7 avg.), posting 33 touchbacks ... Led the team with 119 points ... Ranked 10th nationally (third in the MW) in field goal percentage (.913), 20th (second in MW) in points per game among kickers (8.50), 20th (second in MW) in field goals per game (1.50) and 35th (fourth in MW) in points per game (8.50) ... Set a school single-season record in field goals (21) and field goal percentage (.913) ... Also had the third most PATs (56) in a season in school history ... Made 10 straight field goals from Oct. 1 at South Alabama until Nov. 5 vs. Hawai'i when his final attempt - a career-long 51-yarder - fell short ... Finished the season with 19 consecutive field goal makes from 50 or less yards ... Had multiple field goals seven times, including in six of the final seven games ... Had a solid debut in the opener vs. New Hampshire, making all four PATs and making his only field goal attempt from 33 yards ... Also kicked off six times for 386 yards, averaging 64.3 yards per boot ... Four of his six kicks were touchbacks ... Was perfect again against California, making a 39-yard field goal and all six PAT tries ... Kicked off a then career-high eight times for 508 yards (6.5 avg.) with three touchbacks ... Made all six PATs at Northern Illinois, but missed his first field goal of the season, a 44-yarder into a 15-mph wind ... Also kicked off seven times for 443 yards (63.3 avg.), including one touchback ... Made a 34-yard field goal and his only PAT try at South Alabama ... Also kicked off five times for 295 yards (59.0) with two touchbacks ... Had a huge game against UNLV, going 2-for-2 in field goal attempts, including a pair of career-long makes (48 and 50 yards) ... Became the first Aztec since 2007 with multiple field goals in the same game from at least 48 yards (third time since 1996) ... Also made both of his PAT tries and kicked off six times for 383 yards (63.8 avg.) with a touchback ... Had another solid outing at Fresno State, making a 47-yard field goal and both PATs ... The 47-yarder gave him three straight makes (and attempts) from at least 47 yards ... Also kicked off four times for 256 yards (64.0 avg.) ... Did not attempt a field goal for the first time of the season vs. San José State, but did make all six of his PAT attempts ... Also kicked off seven times for 448 yards (64.0 avg.) ... Had a career game at Utah State en route to being named the MW Special Teams Player of the Week, making a career-high four field goals, going 4-for-4 with a long of 43 yards ... The four field goals tied an Aztec school record (with seven others, most recent Wes Feer vs. Eastern Illinois on Aug. 31, 2013) ... Also made all four of his PATs, giving him 16 points ... The 16 points also tied a SDSU record among kickers (fifth time it's happened) ... Also tied a then career high with eight kickoffs for 508 yards (63.5 avg.) with two touchbacks ... On his eight kickoffs, Utah State averaged a 20.3 average starting field position ... Had another good game against Hawai'i, making his first two field goal attempts (30 and 45 yards) and nailing all seven PATs ... Did miss a career-long 51-yard attempt in the third quarter, snapping a streak of 10 consecutive makes ... Also kicked off a career-high 10 times for a career-best 603 yards (60.3 avg.) ... Was 2-for-2 on field goal attempts, but 4-of-6 on PATs at Nevada (both PAT misses were blocked) ... Made his field goals from 28 and 31 yards ... Also kicked off nine times for 540 yards (60.0 avg.) with a career-high six touchbacks ... Was 2-for-2 on field goal attempts and 3-for-3 on PATs at Wyoming ... Had multiple field goals - 27 and 31 yards - for the fourth straight game and fifth time of his career ... Was 1-for-1 on field goal attempts and 4-for-4 on PATs vs. Colorado State ... The field goal was a 34-yarder ... Was 2-for-2 on field goal attempts and 3-for-3 on PATs in the MW Championship game at Wyoming ... Was 2-for-2 on field goal attempts and 4-for-4 on PATs against Houston in the Las Vegas Bowl ... Broke Donny Hageman's SDSU field goal record of 20 in 2014 with his second make ... Finished 21-for-23 (.913) on the season on field goal attempts, the best mark in SDSU single-season history ... Finished his season with 19 straight field goals made of 50 yards or less ... Made multiple field goals for the seventh time of the season and sixth time in seven games.
FRESHMAN SEASON (2015)
Was on the travel squad for most of the season, but did not see any action.
REDSHIRT SEASON (2014)
Utilized his redshirt season in his first year at San Diego State ... Was originally one of four kickers on the roster, but moved up to No. 2 on the depth chart by the end of the season.
Lettered three years at Chaparral High School in Temecula, Calif. ... Converted all 48 of his extra-point attempts during his career at CHS, including a 38-for-38 mark as a senior ... Was 11-of-16 on field goal attempts as a senior, with a long of 51 yards ... Was a first-team all-league selection as a senior ... Went 2-for-2 in field goal attempts in three separate games ... Punted 29 times with a 40.5-yard average in 2013 ... Averaged 55.2 yards per kickoff as a junior with 39 touchbacks in 49 kickoffs ... Was rated as a 5-star kicker by kohlskicking.com and was ranked as the 12th-best kicker in the class of 2014 by the website ... Was a two-star recruit by Rivals.com and 247sports ... Also played soccer at Chaparral, where he was named the defensive MVP ... A scholar-athlete.
John Christopher Baron II was born Jan. 25, 1996, in Escondido, Calif. ... Son of John and Willi Jo Baron ... Was also recruited by Colorado in the process out of high school ... Is majoring in business administration with a focus in economics.
Points: 16 at Utah State (10/28/16)
Field Goals: 4 at Utah State (10/28/16)
Long Field Goal: 50 vs. UNLV (10/8/16)
Kickoffs: 10 vs. Hawai'i (11/5/16)
Touchbacks (KO): 6 at Nevada (11/12/16)
Kickoff Avg. (More than 1 att.): 64.4 (5-for-322) at Wyoming (11/19/16)