Nov. 1, 2011
RUSTON, La. -
Louisiana Tech punter Ryan Allen has been added to the Ray Guy Award Nomination List, an award given to the nation’s top punter.
Allen was originally nominated for the award but was left off the initial nomination list release due to a clerical error.
Heading into week 10, Allen leads the nation with 29 punts inside the 20 (56 percent of his punts) and is sending 40 percent (22 of 55) of his punts over 50 yards. He is ranked eighth in the nation in punting, averaging 45.87 yards per game. Only three of his punts have rolled into the end zone for touchbacks and his impressive hang time has allowed only 19 of his 55 punts (34.5 percent) to be returned.
Allen is one of 55 candidates nominated for the 2011 Ray Guy Award, including the 2009 winner and 2010 finalist, Drew Butler of Georgia. This year’s candidates also includes two other punters in the WAC nominated (Utah State’s Tyler Bennett and Idaho’s Bobby Cowan) and three other punters that Louisiana Tech has or will face this year (Southern Mississippi’s Peter Boehme, Ole Miss’ Tyler Campbell and Houston’s Richie Leone).
The list will be narrowed to ten semi-finalists to be announced on November 11. Following the semi-finalists announcement, a national body of Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) sports information directors, coaches, media representatives, and previous Ray Guy Award winners will vote for the top three finalists, who will be identified on November 21. The voting body will then cast ballots to select the winner.
The presentation of the Ray Guy Award will be featured on The Home Depot College Football Awards live on Thursday, December 8 at 9:00 pm ET on ESPN. The show, hosted by ESPN’s Chris Fowler, Lee Corson, Kirk Herbstreit and Desmond Howard will feature live presentation of nine player awards, along with the recipients of Disney’s Spirit Award, The Home Depot Coach of the Year Award, the NCFAA (National College Football Awards Association) Contributions to College Football Award, and student-athletes selected to the Walter Camp All-America Team. Fans can visit the show’s dedicated web site at www.espncollegefootballawards.com to find the latest college football awards news, including show details, previous winners, fan voting, a photo gallery and video highlights.
The Augusta Sports Council created the Ray Guy Award in 2000 to honor Thomson, Georgia native and College Football Hall of Fame inductee, Ray Guy. The Ray Guy Award winner is determined by a national voting body of sports writers, college coaches, sports information directors, and past Ray Guy Award winners. Among the statistics used to identify the winner is net punting average, number of times a punt is downed or kicked out of bounds inside the opponents 20-yard line, total yardage punted, average returned yardage, and percentage of punts not returned. The winner must display team leadership, self-discipline, and have a positive impact on the team’s success.
Augusta Sports Council
The Augusta Sports Council (ASC), a non-profit organization dedicated to marketing the Augusta area as a destination for amateur sporting events, celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2011. The ASC attracts, creates and supports dozens of sporting events and activities each year, generating a positive economic impact and enhancing the quality of life for residents of the greater Augusta community. To learn more, visit www.augustasportscouncil.org.
National College Football Awards Association
The Ray Guy Award is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA). The NCFAA was founded in 1997 as a coalition of the major collegiate football awards to protect, preserve and enhance the integrity, influence and prestige of the game’s predominant awards. The NCFAA encourages professionalism and the highest standards for the administration of its member awards and the selection of their candidates and recipients. For more information, visit the association’s official website, www.ncfaa.org.
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