Utah State’s Dominik Eberle has been named an SB Nation Honorable Mention All-American, it was announced Friday. SB Nation is a sports news website owned and operated by Vox Media.
Eberle, who was one of four placekickers recognized by SB Nation, is the first-ever Utah State placekicker named an All-American and just the second-ever specialist, joining Steve Mullins, who was named an Honorable Mention All-American punter by Football News in 2001.
Eberle, who was also a finalist for the Lou Groza Award this season as the nation’s best placekicker, becomes the second Aggie to earn All-America honors this season, joining senior CB Jalen Davis, who was named a Walter Camp Football Foundation First-Team All-American.
Eberle, a 6-foot-2, 180-pound placekicker from Nuremberg, Germany (Redondo Union High School, California), currently ranks first in the Mountain West and fifth in the nation in field goal percentage (.889), as he has made 16 of 18 field goals. He is also tied for third in the conference and tied for 34th in the nation in field goals made (1.33 pg) and is eighth in the MW and 55th in the nation in scoring (7.8 ppg). Those 16 made field goals are tied for the sixth-most in a single season in school history, while his 88.9 conversion percentage ranks first all-time in school history for a single season.
This year, Eberle is 5 of 6 on field goal attempts of at least 40 yards, including a career long of 52 yards, which is tied for the 10th-longest in school history. Eberle is also 45 of 45 on extra point attempts to rank tied for third all-time in school history for a single season in PATs made and fourth in PAT attempts.
Overall, Eberle has scored 93 points so far this season with 45 extra points and 16 field goals, ranking as the second-most points scored by a kicker in a single season in school history.
Utah State will conclude the 2017 season against New Mexico State in the third annual NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl on Friday, Dec. 29, at 3:30 p.m. (MT) at Arizona Stadium in Tucson, Arizona. The game will be televised live on CBS Sports Network (Comcast Ch. 269/753HD, Dish Network Ch. 158, DirecTV Ch. 221).
Utah State and New Mexico State have a history in bowl games, as NMSU posted a 20-13 win against Utah State in the 1960 Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas. That was also the last bowl game NMSU had appeared in before this season.
As for Utah State, it played in five-straight bowl games from 2011 to 2015 and won three-straight bowls from 2012 to 2014, both of which are school records. All-time, USU is 4-7 in its 11 bowl games, and this marks the first repeat opponent for Utah State in a bowl game.
Tickets for the 2017 NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl are available to purchase by contacting the USU Ticket Office at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum, or by phone by calling 888-USTATE-1 or 435-797-0305. Tickets can also be purchased 24 hours a day at www.UtahStateAggies.com.
Ticket prices for the 2017 NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl will range from $202 for Sands Club, $127 for East Stadium Club, $67 for midfield, $52 for the sidelines and north end zone and $27 for the corners and south end zone. Club tickets include premium food and soft drink options. The priority deadline to buy bowl tickets is Monday, Dec. 11, at 5 p.m. All orders placed before Wednesday, Dec. 20, will be mailed out through FedEx, and orders placed after Dec. 20 can be picked up at will call in Arizona.
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Doug Hoffman is the associate athletic director for Utah State University Athletic Media Relations.