Top Returning Big Ten Kickers For 2017

    Who’s the favorite to be the 2017 Bakken-Andersen Kicker of the Year, awarded to the Big Ten specialist with the most efficient foot?

    March 16, 2017

    Who’s the favorite to be the 2017 Bakken-Andersen Kicker of the Year, awarded to the Big Ten specialist with the most efficient foot?


    Penn State’s Tyler Davis was named First Team All-Big Ten by league coaches in 2016. Minnesota’s Emmit Carpenter received the same honor from the media. Both kickers are back in 2017 to decide once and for all who truly is tops at the heavily scrutinized position. Looking to turn the competition into more than a two-man race will be Nebraska veteran Drew Brown and Wisconsin’s Rafael Gaglianone, who’d hit 7-of-8 field goals before being lost for the year to back surgery.

    Top Returning Big Ten Kickers

    3. Drew Brown, Nebraska

    Brown has been perennially reliable for the Huskers since winning the placekicking job as a rookie in 2014. He’s been true on 47-of-62 career field goal tries, scoring more than 100 points in each of his first two seasons and missing just a pair of field goals in 2016. The strong-legged Brown has hit 17-of-23 tries outside of 40 yards the past two years, and he ranked No. 17 nationally in kickoff average as a junior. He’s someone Mike Riley will count on frequently later this fall.

    2. Tyler Davis, Penn State

    Davis’ right foot has been valuable for two schools, first as a Bradley University soccer player and now as the Nittany Lion placekicker. While there are stronger legs around the country, few have been more precise. Since changing sports—and schools—Davis has impressively made 30-of-32 field goal tries and all 73 extra point attempts to earn First Team All-Big Ten according to league coaches. However, his longest field goal of 2016 was just 40 yards, and he did not handle kickoffs for the team.

    1. Emmit Carpenter, Minnesota

    As debuts go, the Golden Gophers couldn’t ask for much more from Ryan Santoso’s successor. Carpenter raised the bar in Minnesota in 2016 by converting 22-of-24 field goals, including 10-of-10 from 40 yards or longer. He was voted to the All-Big Ten First Team and was the first Gopher to be named the league’s Kicker of the Year. Carpenter does need to improve on his kickoffs, though, after tying for the FBS lead in attempts that travelled out of bounds.

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