By Austin Stanley, for the Williamson Herald
Photo Courtesy Arkansas State University Athletics
Brentwood resident Brian Davis has become the all-time leading scorer in the Sun Belt Conference. Davis, a four year starter at Arkansas State, drilled the first of his five extra points against Texas State two weeks ago to break the record. Davis added a field goal later in the game, pushing his career total past the 300-point mark. This photoshows the kick that set the conference record for Arkansas State on Nov. 16. Davis set the school record for scoring on Nov. 2.
Arkansas State running back, Marcus Gordon, raced for a 40-yard touchdown run in the first quarter in the Red Wolves’ Nov. 16 game versus Texas State. Senior kicker Brian Davis trotted onto the field to attempt the extra point and knocked it through the uprights like he has done 142 previous times in his college career.
The difference in this extra point is that it was his 296th career point, breaking the Sun-Belt Conference career scoring record.
“It was instant relief when it went through,” said Davis, the former Brentwood Bruin kicker. “There was definitely a little bit of celebration going on and recognition from the (PA) announcer. The backup kicker was like ‘man we’ve got to get some sort of chest bump going.’”
Coming into the game against Texas State, Davis was tied with the conference record at 295. He broke the Arkansas State school record (288 points) two weeks before at South Alabama. The knowledge that he was one kick away from making history put some extra stress on Davis all week.
“I kind of had an off week in terms of practice. My mind was elsewhere,” Davis said. “To get that first kick out of the way was definitely relaxing just to get back to playing the game and not worrying about it anymore.”
With some playful teammates “harassing” Davis all week about the record, breaking it with a simple PAT was calming to the senior.
“It’s something that I’ve been doing my whole entire career,” Davis said. “It was definitely a lot easier than say a 50-yarder.”
The Red Wolves beat Texas State 38-21, as Davis had a good day making all five of his extra points and hitting a 23-yard field goal to ice the game. In the team meeting the next day, head coach Bryan Harsin acknowledged Davis in front of the whole program.
“It was great getting that applause from my teammates for all your work throughout the four years,” Davis said. “The best praise you can get is from your teammates and coaches.”
Davis was named the Special Teams Player of the Week by the Sun-Belt Conference for the fourth time in his career.
Davis played his final game in Liberty Bank Stadium last Saturday in a 35-33 win over Georgia State.
“It’s a culmination of my four years playing here,” Davis said of Senior Night. “Coming here my freshman year and wanting to leave, and then to where now I don’t want to leave.
It’s been a blessing being here, just a blessing in disguise. It took me a few years to figure it out but it’s going to be hard to leave here.”
With 308 career points, Davis, a semi-finalist for the Lou Groza Award given to the nation’s top kicker,and the Red Wolves finish the season Saturday at Western Kentucky with hopes of a bowl game berth.
Posted on: 11/28/2013