BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – WKU Kick Brayden Narveson was named Conference USA Preseason Special Teams Player of the Year, the league announced Tuesday.
The pre-season player of the year awards were voted on by the league’s 11 coaches. Narveson joins UTSA’s Frank Harris and Rashad Wisdom who were voted preseason offensive and defensive players of the year, respectively.
Narveson returns to the WKU as one of the most dynamic kickers in all of college football. The redshirt junior had 23 of 29 field goal attempts in 2021 with a 53-yard length in the Hilltoppers’ win over Marshall to win the USA Conference East Division Championship. He was also perfect on all of his PAT attempts throughout the year, scoring 72 out of 72.
Narveson scored the most runs by any kicker in the country a season ago with 141. That number was also second best among all players, regardless of position. Narveson’s mark of 10.1 points per game was sixth-best in the nation, and he finished 13th in the nation in field goals per game. His 23 makes tied him the most in a single season in WKU history. He enters the 2022 season as the most accurate field goal kicker of all time at the WKU with an 83.7% clip.
Narveson’s recognition marks the third consecutive season that Hilltopper has been named preseason player of the year. DeAngelo Malone was selected by league coaches as pre-season defensive player of the year in 2021 and 2020. Former punter John Haggerty III joined Malone as the 2020 Conference Preseason Special Teams Player of the Year.
The Tops open the 2022 campaign on Saturday August 27 against Austin Peay. Kickoff is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. CT and the game will be nationally televised on CBS Sports Network.