Penn State fans have named Tyler Davis their Special Teams Player of the Year for the 2016 season. Davis has been a reliable scoring weapon for the Nittany Lion this year, hitting 22 of 24 field goals with his only two misses resulting from blocks. This included a 4-for-4 effort on field goals in horrible conditions at Rutgers. He also was perfect on extra points, going 55 for 55 this season.
The redshirt junior walk-on, who is also a former soccer player, beat Brett Conway’s Penn State record for field goal accuracy in a season (83.3 percent) with a 91.7 percent accuracy on field goals this season. This puts him at eighth best in the nation.
Davis’ 40-yard field goal late in regulation against Minnesota forced the game into overtime. The Nittany Lions won that game and have not lost since. The Lions changed holders later in the season (and then changed back), and it did not impact Davis at all.
He won with 69 percent of the fan vote beating out punter Blake Gillikin who had 23 percent of the fan vote.