Senior kicker and punter Damon Duval will receive the honor that went to former teammate Kendall Simmons in 2001. Simmons, an offensive lineman, is expected to be selected in the early rounds of the 2002 National Football League draft. Duval is also considered a pro prospect.
As a junior, Duval became the 19th player in Auburn football history to be named to the Walter Camp Foundation All-America team. He was one of three finalists for the Lou Groza Award, which goes to the nation's top place kicker. He was also one of three finalists for the Ray Guy Award, presented annually to the top punter.
Duval, who is a two-time All-SEC pick who was also a Freshman All-SEC selection in 1999, averaged 44 yards per punt last season. He averaged 43.2 yards as a sophomore and 42.9 as a freshman.
As a kicker, he made 9-15 field goals as a freshman, 14-18 as a sophomore and 16-26 as a junior, including three game-winning kicks late in the fourth quarter.
"Damon has a tremendous leg and we are excited about having him back for his senior season," says Coach Tommy Tuberville.
Damon Duval kicks a field goal during a 2002 spring scrimmage.
A native of Chattanooga, Tenn., he was a two-time All-State performer at Central High School in football and was a prep All-American performer in soccer.
Tiger Ticket Extra: Duval's mother, Cynthia Ford, has become a huge Auburn football fan. She has moved to the Auburn area and is scheduled to be remarried on April 20th on the 50-yard-line at Jordan-Hare Stadium...Simmons says he really enjoyed his photo shoot last year for the Playboy All-American team. "It was great to get to know players from around the country." The winner of the Jacobs Blocking Trophy, which goes to the SEC's best blocker, has tested well for the pros. He played both guard and tackle at Auburn as a major contributor for four seasons, but he is certain he will play inside in the NFL. "All of the pro scouts have told me that I will be drafted as a guard," Simmons says...Duval won an academic award last week from the Auburn Chapter of the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame. Other Tigers honored include center Ben Nowland and running back Chris Butler, who will be featured in the May issue of Inside the Auburn Tigers magazine...Duval, an education major, is expected to graduate with honors at the end of the current semester and will play football as a graduate student this fall.
Duval was selected to the American Football Coaches Association All-American team as a junior field goal kicker.