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Tyler Davis Named Big Ten Co-Special Teams Player Of The Week

Tyler Davis earned his first Big Ten recognition of the season Monday. The redshirt junior kicker was named Co-Special Teams Player of the Week following his career-high four field goals in the 39-0 win at Rutgers.

The St. Charles, Ill., native also drilled his three extra point attempts in Piscataway despite dealing with bitter wind and driving rain. Davis’ 15 points set a new career-high for the former soccer player, who is among 20 semifinalists for the Lou Groza Award.

Davis shared Big Ten honors with Iowa receiver/returner Riley McCarron, who took a punt back 55 yards to the house to break things open in a 28-0 win at Illinois. Fellow Hawkeye LeShun Daniels, Jr. and Michigan running back De’Veon Smith were named Big Ten Co-Offensive Players of the Week, while Minnesota’s Blake Cashman brought home Defensive Player of the Week.

Davis is tied atop the conference leaderboard with Golden Gopher kicker Emmit Carpenter, as both have converted an outstanding 20-of-22 (90.9%) of their field goal attempts. His only two misses of the season came on blocked kicks against Ohio State and Iowa. Davis, Carpenter, and Ole Miss’ Gary Wunderlich are tied for sixth in the nation with an average of 1.82 field goals per game. Only four kickers in college football have converted more kicks than Davis.

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Ethan Kasales

Ethan’s a senior journalism major who grew up in Lemont, a few minutes from campus. When he’s not covering Penn State sports, you can usually find him golfing or teaching snowboarding at Tussey Mountain. Feel free to email him at [email protected]

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