Danny Hrapmann ready for another big year kicking the football for Southern Miss

By A.J. Giardina – bio | email

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Senior quarterback Austin Davis runs the Golden Eagles explosive offense, one that can strike from any place on the football field.

If the offense slows down close to field goal range, head coach Larry Fedora will send in one of the nation's top kickers in senior Danny Hrapmann. He admits keeping a cool head on the field when lining up for a possible game winning field goal is crucial.

"You try to prepare mentally and you try and tell yourself every kick you kick is worth either three points or one point. So if it's to win the game, it's not worth ten points, it's still worth three. So you have to treat it as if it's another kick and try to act like you're not in that situation."

The senior from New Orleans, who prepped at Holy Cross High School, was a finalist for the Lou Groza Award last season and for good reason.

He connected on 26 of 30 field goal attempts. He was 8 of 9 from 20 to 39 yards, 10 of 10 from 30 to 39 yards and 6 of 8 from 40 to 49 yards.

His career long was a strike from 54 yards out against UAB.  Last season he drilled a 59 yard field goal against Houston, but the Cougars called a last second time out before he punched the ball through the uprights.

He's on the 2011 Lou Groza Award Watch List.  Hrapmann is also a scholar athlete.

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