The place kicker lettered for the Golden Eagles from 2011-2014.
Record 278 schools represented in the Society's ninth year.
Various NFL scouts were on hand to watch six former Golden Eagles.
Corey Acosta and Rakeem Nunez-Roches were named First Team All-C-USA by Phil Steele.
Corey Acosta and Cameron Tom were each named Academic All-District in November.
Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award (2014 -- Semifinalist)
Capitol One Academic All-American (2014 -- Second Team)
Capitol One Academic All-District 6 (2014 -- First Team)
All-Conference USA (2014 -- First Team)
Academic All-Conference USA (2014)
Conference USA Academic Medal (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)
C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)
Conference USA Spirt of Service Award (2013-14)
Southern Miss Outstanding Scholar Award (2013-14)
Lou Groza Star of the Week (Sept. 8, 2014)
2014 (Redshirt Senior): Named Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award Semifinalist ... Tabbed Second Team Academic All-American ... Named First Team Capital One Academic All-District 6 ... Named Lou Groza Award Star of the Week (Sept. 8, 2014) ... Named All-Conference USA (First Team) ... Named a 2014-15 Conference USA Commissioner's Academic Medalist ... Named to the 2014-15 Conference USA Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll ... Played in all 12 games on the season, serving as the starting kicker ... Converted 19-of-25 field goals to go along with 21-of-23 extra points for a team-high 78 points ... During the year, converted eight field goals in a row and also collected a career-best four field goals in consecutive games against Alcorn State and No. 3 Alabama ... For his efforts against Alcorn State, was named a Lou Groza Award Star of the Week (Sept. 8, 2014) ... Made two attempts from 50 yards or farther, including a career-best 52-yard make against Rice ... The 19 field goals were a season-best ... Led Conference USA in field goals per game at 1.58 and field goals made with 19.
2013 (Redshirt Junior): Named a 2013-14 Conference USA Commissioner's Academic Medalist ... Named to the 2013-14 Conference USA Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll ... Played in all 12 games on the season ... Led the Golden Eagles in points with 57, going 11-for-20 in field goals and a perfect 24-for-24 in point after touchdown attempts ... Had a season-high eight PATs in Southern Miss' 62-27 victory at UAB ... Made multiple field goals in six games on the year, converting a pair of FGs against Texas State, No. 22 Nebraska, Marshall, Louisiana Tech and UAB ... Hit a season-long 50-yard field goal on the road against Louisiana Tech ... Also registered 14 punts on the year, tallying 546 yards for a 39.0 average with a long of 58 against Boise State.
2012 (Redshirt Sophomore): Named a 2012-13 Conference USA Commissioner's Academic Medalist ... Named to the 2012-13 Conference USA Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll ... Took over the primary kicking duties for the Golden Eagles, including place kicking and kickoffs ... Led the team in scoring with 60 points on the season, going 11-for-17 in field goals and 27-of-28 in point after attempts ... Connected on his first two attempts of the season, at Nebraska, including a 45-yarder ... Nailed two kicks from 50 yards or better ... Had a season and career-long of 51 yards against Marshall ... Averaged 56.8 yards per kickoff with eight touchbacks ... Added one touchdown saving tackle on the season.
2011 (Redshirt Freshman): Named a 2011-12 Conference USA Commissioner's Academic Medalist ... Named to the 2011-12 Conference USA Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll ... Saw first career action against Louisiana Tech (9/3), nailing two second-half field goals from 25 and 42 yards due to injury to starter Danny Hrapmann ... Also had three kickoffs for 168 yards against the Bulldogs.
2010 (Freshman): Named a 2010-11 Conference USA Commissioner's Academic Medalist ... Named to the 2010-11 Conference USA Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll ... Did not compete during the season, taking a redshirt.
High School: Two-star athlete by Scout.com and ranked the No. 14 kicker in the country ... Rated the 17th-best kicker by Rivals.com and a two-star prospect ... Converted 14-of-19 field goals, including a long of 49 yards, and connected on 29-of-30 extra points for coach Kevin Locastro at Christian Brothers High School ... Added a 68-yard kickoff average and tallied 85 percent touchbacks ... Was 3-of-5 from 40-yards and beyond ... All-Metro and All-Mid-South honoree ... Member of the Blue Squad for the AutoZone Liberty Bowl All-Star Game ... Lettered in both football and soccer ... All-Region and All-District performer for Christiana Brothers HS ... Helped the Purple Wave win the 2009 and 2010 State Soccer Championships ... Honor student and member of the National Honor Society, Key Club and Spanish National Honor Society ... Garnered the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Scholarship Award.
Personal: Full name is Corey Austin Acosta ... Son of Terry and John Acosta ... Has an older brother Hunter and sister-in-law Shannon ... Mom, Terry, was a cheerleader at Tennessee-Martin and brother, Hunter, played soccer at Maryville College ... Born on July 12, 1991 in Memphis, Tenn. ... Majoring in biological sciences.
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