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Penn State Football: Tyler Davis Named Lou Groza Award Semifinalist

by on November 03, 2016 12:40 PM

Penn State's Mr Reliable Tyler Davis is among the 20 semifinalists for the 2016 Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award presented by the Orange Bowl.

Sam Ficken was Penn State’s last Groza semifinalist in 2014.

So far this season Davis is 13-for-14 on field goals and 30-for-30 in extra points. He owns the school record for consecutive field goals made with 18, breaking Sam Ficken's mark of 15 straight makes between the 2012 and 2013 seasons. Davis saw his consecutive field goals made steak snapped on a first quarter blocked kick vs. Ohio State. 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 the fourth-longest streak in Big Ten history.

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A former Division I soccer player at Bradley University, Davis was a walk-on for the Nittany Lions in 2014. He is off to the best kicking start in Penn State history having made 21 of his first 22 field goal attempts and all 41 of his extra point efforts in two seasons. The junior was 8-for-8 in field goals and 11-for-11 in extra points last year.

Semifinalists will be presented to a panel of more than 100 FBS head coaches, SIDs, media members, former Groza finalists and current NFL kickers to select the three finalists. These finalists will be announced on November 22 and honored at the 25th annual Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Awards Banquet on December 5 in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. The winner will be announced live on ESPN at the Home Depot College Football Awards Show on Thursday, December 8.

The Award is named for National Football League Hall of Fame kicker Lou “The Toe” Groza, who played 21 seasons with the Cleveland Browns. 



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