By Daniel Whitehead
BUENA VISTA, Va.—Following his performance last weekend against Warner, Southern Virginia University freshman Davis Cragun was named the United States Collegiate Athletic Association Special Teams Player of the Week on Tuesday afternoon.
The Fruit Heights, Utah, native converted four field goals on the afternoon and all three extra-point attempts to account for 15 Knight points, making the difference in Southern Virginia's 35-20 victory over the visiting Royals.
Cragun connected on field goal attempts of 32, 34, 33 and 26 yards to maintain a perfect mark of 7-for-7 field goal conversions on the year. He is 4-for-4 on attempts from 20-29 yards and 3-for-3 from 30-39 yards out with the 34-yarder being a season best. On kickoffs, he is averaging 48.6 yards per kickoff this season with two touchbacks.
"I couldn't be happier for Davis," said Southern Virginia head coach DeLane Fitzgerald. "We didn't know what we had with him coming in. We knew he was pretty good, but weren't sure exactly what we were going to get. His work ethic and maturity have been great since he arrived. We just hope he keeps doing what he's doing."
Cragun kicked the game-winning field goal in the Knights' 24-21 overtime victory over NC Wesleyan back on Sept. 14. He is the fourth Southern Virginia football player to earn a USCAA honor this season as senior Dakoda Winsor was also honored today as the USCAA Defensive Player of the Week.
Earlier this season, teammate Colter Evans received the Defensive Player of the Week award following the VU-Lynchburg game while freshman Justin Gonzales was named Special Teams Player of the Week after the NC Wesleyan game.
Southern Virginia stays at home Saturday to face The Apprentice School for Homecoming. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. at Robert E. Williams Field in Buena Vista, Va.