JONESBORO, Ark. (AStateRedWolves.com) – Arkansas State senior kicker Brian Davis was named a Capital One First Team Academic All-America selection Thursday, making him the first A-State player to earn a spot on the Division I's top team since 2008.
Davis, a Lou Groza Award semifinalist for the second straight season, is Arkansas State's sixth football student-athlete to ever earn Academic All-America accolades as first-team choice. He joins Brian Flagg (2008), T.J. Humphreys (1976), Dennis Meyer (1971), Jim McMurray (1961) and Larry Zabrowski (1959) as former A-State players to receive the honor.
Davis has made 53 career field goals, the second most in school history, and scored an A-State and Sun Belt Conference record 315 career points by kicking while also holding down a 3.75 cumulative GPA as an accounting major at Arkansas State University. Davis is an A-State Athletic Director's Honor Roll, Chancellor's List, Honors Director Honor Roll and Sun Belt Conference Academic Honor Roll member.
The Brentwood, Tenn. native completed the 2013 regular season 12-of-14 on field goal attempts for an .857 percentage that ranks as the 24th highest in the nation. He has connected on 5-of-7 attempts from at least 40 yards, including one covering a career-long distance of 50 yards. Davis, who had a streak of 13 consecutive makes snapped earlier this season, leads the Red Wolves in scoring with 80 points to his credit.
Also on the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) National Placekicker Trophy Watch List, Davis was a 2013 Preseason First Team All-Sun Belt Conference choice and a Phil Steele's Midseason First Team All-Sun Belt pick.
Davis was a 2013 National Football Foundation (NFF) Scholar-Athlete Awards candidate and a William V. Campbell Trophy semifinalist. He has been named a CFPA Specialist of the Week three times this season, and he has been chosen as the Sun Belt Conference Special Teams Player of the Week four times during his career.