ASU's Brian Davis named Lou Groza Award semifinalist

From Arkansas State University

The Palm Beach County Sports Commission announced Monday that Arkansas State placekicker Brian Davis has been named one of 20 semifinalists for the 2012 Lou Groza Award presented by the Orange Bowl Committee.

A junior from Brentwood, Tenn., Davis has made 14-of-17 field goal attempts for an .824 percentage and scored a team-high 76 points this season.  He is currently ranked tied for 14th in the nation field goals made (1.56 per game) and tied for 18th in the nation in scoring by kick. He is also ranked eighth in the country in field goal percentage among players with at least 15 attempts.

Davis, named the Sun Belt Conference Special Teams Player of the Week, a Lou Groza Award Star of the Week and College Football Performance Awards National Placekicker of the week on Oct. 23 this year, is among the top three Sun Belt Conference players in scoring, scoring by kick, field goals made and field goal percentage.

Davis, who has made his last six field goals in a row, was a perfect 5-of-5 on his field goal attempts and scored 20 points against the Ragin' Cajuns to earn the weekly honors.  His five field goals made and 20 points by kicking are both the third most in the nation this year.

Davis is ASU's third all-time leader in career field goals made (38) and points by kicking (208) and is ranked fourth in extra points made (93).  He also set the single-game (23) and season (98) school records for points by kicking last year as a sophomore, while breaking the school record for field goals made in a game (6) as well.

The school record holder for points by kicking in a game (23) and season (98) and field goals made in a game (6), Davis is ranked fifth in the nation among current players in career field goals made per game (1.4) and field goal percentage (79.2).

Josh Arauco was a finalist for the 2008 Lou Groza Award, making Davis is the second ASU player to ever be named a semifinalist for the honor.

Semifinalists will be voted on by FBS Head Coaches and SIDs, along with national and regional football writers, and past Groza winners to select the three finalists. These finalists will be announced on Nov. 19 and honored at the 21st annual Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Awards Banquet on Dec. 4 in West Palm Beach, Fla. The winner will be announced live on the Home Depot ESPN College Football Awards Show on Thursday, Dec. 6.

The award is named in honor of one of the all-time great kickers in football history, Lou Groza. Groza played 21 seasons for the Cleveland Browns setting numerous franchise records, including most games played, most points scored, and an amazing 107 consecutive games in which he scored a point. Groza was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1974.