Damon Duval

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Damon Duval
Free agent
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Date of birth: (1980-04-03) April 3, 1980 (age 34)
Place of birth: Morgan City, Louisiana
Career information
Status: Active
CFL status: International
Position(s): K/P
Height: 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight: 197 lb (89 kg)
College: Auburn
High school: Chattanooga Central
Organizations
As player:
2003
20032004
20052010
2011
Jacksonville Jaguars (NFL)
Atlanta Falcons (NFL)
Montreal Alouettes (CFL)
Edmonton Eskimos (CFL)
Career highlights and awards
Consensus All-American (2001)
CFL All-Star: 2007
CFL East All-Star: 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010
Career stats
Playing stats at CFL.ca

Damon Duval (born April 3, 1980) is an American professional placekicker and punter who most recently played for the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League (CFL). Duval played college football for Auburn University, and was recognized as an All-American. In addition to the Edmonton Eskimos, he has played professionally for the Jacksonville Jaguars and Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League (NFL), and the CFL's Montreal Alouettes. He is currently a free agent.

Early years[edit]

Duval was born in Morgan City, Louisiana, and was raised by his mother, Cynthia. At age 13, he played professional soccer in the United States Indoor Soccer League USISL as a striker for the Chattanooga Express. Not only was he the youngest player ever signed in the USISL, he also was the leading scorer in the seasons he played. Additionally, he was a striker on both the U.S. Olympic Development Team and the U.S. men's national soccer team. He attended Chattanooga Central High School in Harrison, Tennessee, and played high school football for the Chattanooga Central Purple Pounders.

College career[edit]

Damon attended Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama, where he played for the Auburn Tigers football team from 1999 to 2002. He is considered one of the best kickers and punters in Auburn football history. During his college career, Duval amassed over 9,000 punting yards for an average of 44 yards per punt. His 60.8 percent field goal completion rate helped Auburn to a 29-19 record during his four seasons with the team, including appearances in the 2000 Citrus Bowl and 2001 Peach Bowl. Memorably, Duval kicked a 44-yard game-winning field goal in the rain against the No. 1 ranked Florida Gators with 10 seconds left in the game in 2001. It was one of three game-winning field goals he made for the Tigers in 2001.

Duval graduated from Auburn as a fifth-year senior with degrees in health promotion and business. During his career, he was selected as a first-team All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) selection as both a kicker and a punter, becoming the first player to ever be named to an All-SEC first team at two different positions. Duval was also recognized as a consensus first-team All-American, having been named to the first teams of the Associated Press, American Football Coaches Association and Walter Camp Foundation as a kicker.[1] He was also a finalist for the Lou Groza Award.

Professional career[edit]

Despite being one of the top kickers available in the 2003 NFL Draft, Duval was not drafted into the National Football League, but did sign as an undrafted free agent with the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars. He was waived by Jacksonville on June 19, 2003[2] and later signed with the Atlanta Falcons. He was waived by Atlanta on August 29, 2004,[3] and subsequently left the NFL to sign with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League. Duval made an immediate impact in the CFL, leading the league in scoring his rookie season (2005) with 191 points and proved to be very reliable kicking field goals. His 2005 CFL highlight came in the 93rd Grey Cup when he made a 27 yard field goal with no time left to force overtime. Continuing his 2005 success, Duval led the league in field goal percentage with 86.4% in 2006 which led to his making the 2006 All Star team.[4] He also finished second in kicking points (201), punting average (45.4 yards) and kickoff average (61.1 yards). Duval's strong play helped Montreal reach the 94th Grey Cup by kicking a game sealing field goal in the Division finals. Unfortunately, his team fell short again despite Duval's 43 yard field goal in the second quarter. On November 7, 2009 he set the record for points in the CFL regular season with 242, again with the Montreal Alouettes.[5]

In the 2009 Grey Cup Championship November 29, Duval's field goal from 33 yards out on the game's final play gave the Alouettes a 28-27 win over the Saskatchewan Roughriders, capping a remarkable Montreal comeback. Duval had actually missed a 43-yard field goal attempt on what should have been the last play of the game, but the Roughriders were penalized for having too many men on the field. Duval helped the Alouettes win back-to-back Grey Cups with the team's second straight win in 2010.

After the 2010 season, Duval became a free agent and he signed with the Edmonton Eskimos on June 6, 2011.[6] After spending one season with the Eskimos, he was released on February 1, 2012.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Duval is married to Ashley Smith. She's the sister of former Edmonton Eskimos' receiver Brad Smith and the daughter of the former Montreal Alouettes president Larry Smith.

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