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Penn State Football: Kicking Duo Land On Watch Lists

by on July 13, 2017 2:00 PM

Two of Penn State's most reliable players, senior Tyler Davis sophomore Blake Gillikin have added their name to a growing list of Nittany Lions on preseason watch lists as the du Lou Groza Award and Ray Guy Award charts, respectively. The Lou Groza Award is awarded to the nation’s top kicker, while the Ray Guy Award is given annually to the nation’s top punter.

Davis earned the 2016 Vlade Award for the nation’s most accurate kicker from the Touchdown Club of Columbus to go along with first-team All-Big Ten accolades from the conference coaches and second team accolades from the media.

He was a semifinalist for the Groza award last season. Davis tied the Penn State single-season record with 62 converted extra points attempts, equaling Brett Conway’s mark from 1994 and tied for No. 2 on Penn State’s single-season field goals made charts (22), trailing only Sam Ficken’s 24 makes from 2014. Davis finished No. 5 on the PSU single-season scoring charts (128 points) and also tied the Big Ten single-season kick scoring record with 128 points, equaling the mark set by Ohio State’s Sean Nuernberger in 2014.

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For his career, Davisranks No. 12 on Penn State’s career field goals made charts with 30. He also broke the school record for consecutive field goals made with 18, topping Sam Ficken’s mark of 15 straight makes between the 2012 and 2013 seasons. The 18-straight made field goals were tied for the longest streak in the Big Ten since Brad Craddock (UMD) converted 24-straight in from 2013-14 and are tied for fourth in Big Ten history. Davis led the Big Ten and was eighth nationally with a .917 field goal percentage and ws second in the conference and 11th nationally in total points (128). Davis had the third-most extra point makes among kickers with a perfect percentage in FBS in 2016.

Gillikin was selected to ESPN.com’s True Freshman All-America team and was an All-Big Ten honorable mention selection by the conference’s coaches and media after a stellar rookie campaign. He broke the Penn State freshman season punting average record with 42.8 yards per punt, surpassing the record set by Jeremy Kapinos in 2003 (41.9).

His effort also ranks No. 7 on Penn State’s single-season chart. Gillkin finished the season 30th in FBS and third in the Big Ten in punting average. In addition, Gillikin set the Penn State freshman record for punting average in a game with five kicks for an average of 50.8 yards in the Rose Bowl against USC. He was also stellar in the classroom, posting perfect 4.0 grade point averages in both semesters and claimed the President’s Freshman Award, which recognizes Penn State students for academic excellence.

 

 



Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for StateCollege.com. He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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