Former Bruin Davis ready to kickoff senior year for Arkansas State
By Austin Stanley, For Williamson Herald
Former Brentwood High kicker Brian Davis is poised for a record setting year at Arkansas State. As football practice opens up this week across the country, Brian Davis is focused on having his final college football season start off on the right foot. SUBMITTED PHOTO
The starting kicker for Arkansas State University, and Brentwood High School product, knows expectations for his team are high coming off a 10-3 season that ended with eight straight wins including a GoDaddy.com Bowl victory. Davis and his teammates have heard chatter about what the Red Wolves can accomplish this year.
“There’s talk that there is a chance that we could go undefeated,” Davis said. “That would be a great accomplishment for the university and the team. I think something that this team, university really needs is a great year.”
Davis himself isn’t looking as far ahead as most fans and media members.
“It’s a day by day thing,” Davis said. “Right now I’m focusing on obviously getting ready for camp. Then once camp comes around, it’s day by day - make my kicks here, make my kicks there.”
Making his kicks here and there could put Davis into the record books. Entering the year he has 235 career points. That is good enough for eleventh in Sun Belt Conference history and second in school history for career points scored. Davis is 54 points shy of the Arkansas State record and 61 short of the conference record. Considering his 98 points as a sophomore and 104 as a junior, setting a record is not out of reach.
“To tell you the truth, I don’t really follow the points and stuff,” Davis said. “But when the time comes, and hopefully it’ll come soon, I think it would be great. I’m just going to take it day by day and not really focus on other things but helping my team win.”
Having a chance at a record like this was not even on the radar for Davis while he was kicking at Brentwood.
“Not even close,” Davis said about kicking in college. “My junior year, I was thinking about playing soccer. I had a decent, not even really a decent year my junior year in high school. The summer going into my senior year, it just took off for me kicking.”
His senior year, the Bruins fell one game short of the state championship game, but Davis’ career was just about to explode.
“Once I realized that I could do this, I decided to give it a shot. Coach (Ron) Crawford always believed in me and really put my name out there. He’s one of the reasons why I’m here. I have to give a lot of credit to him.”
With college football being a whole other animal than high school football, Davis has handled the pressures of being a college kicker that doesn’t apply to a high school player.
“In high school, I would say you’re kicking for pride,” Davis said. “You’re kicking for your city; you’re kicking for your friends, teammates and for your school. College, you’re kicking for somebody’s life, somebody’s job. You know the coaches all have kids, and it’s more like a business.”
If business goes as usual the Red Wolves should have a successful season behind the right leg of Davis. Davis is one of 30 NCAA kickers named to the pre-season Lou Groza Award Watch List for the award given to the best place-kicker in college football.
Posted on: 7/31/2013