Photo Courtesy: A-State Athletics (Justin Manning)
JONESBORO, Ark. (A-State) - Arkansas State senior kicker Brian Davis has been announced as a National Football Foundation (NFF) Scholar-Athlete Awards candidate and a semifinalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy, which recognizes the top scholar-athlete in the nation.
Davis is among 170 national candidates, including 54 from the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), for the NFF's Scholar-Athlete Awards. Candidates for the awards must be a senior or graduate student in their final year of eligibility, have a GPA of at least a 3.2, possess outstanding football ability as a first-team player or significant contributor, and have demonstrated strong leadership and citizenship.
The NFF Awards Committee will select up to 16 honorees with each receiving an $18,000 post-graduate scholarship and one being named the winner of the William V. Campbell Trophy. The 16 finalists for the William V. Campbell Trophy will be announced via a national press release on Thursday, Oct. 31.
Davis holds a cumulative 3.75 GPA as an accounting major at Arkansas State University. He has been named to the Athletics Director's Honor Roll, Chancellor's List, Honors Director Honor Roll and Sun Belt Conference Academic Honor Roll during multiple semesters. In addition to his numerous school-records set on the football field while helping lead the Red Wolves to Sun Belt Conference championships in 2011 and 2012, Davis has also been heavily involved in campus activities, leadership roles and community service.
The Brentwood, Tenn. native is currently a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) and the Beta Gamma Sigma-Business Fraternity. He has been a YMCA soccer coach and clinic instructor since 2010, his freshman season at A-State, as well.
Davis was a Lou Groza Award semifinalist last season and is listed on the watch list for the award this year. The only player in school history to record 100 points by kicking (104) in a season, Davis is ranked among the top 10 players in A-State history in 18 single-game, season or career statistical categories.
Arkansas State's all-time leader for extra points made (127), Davis is currently ranked second at the school for most points by kicking (271) and most field goals made (48) in a career. Among all-time Sun Belt Conference players, he is ranked fourth for points by kicking, third for both extra points made and field goals made and second for field goal percentage (.827).
The 2013 preseason First Team All-Sun Belt Conference selection has connected on 7-of-7 field goals this season. Dating back to last season, he has now made his last 10 field goals in a row to tie the second longest streak in Arkansas State history. He has made multiple field goals in two games this season and in 13 for his career.
Arkansas State, which stands 2-3 overall and 1-0 in Sun Belt Conference play, returns to action Oct. 12 with a 6 p.m. Homecoming game against Idaho at Liberty Bank Stadium.