Dec. 14, 2012
DALLAS - Louisiana Tech punter Ryan Allen continued to set records Friday as the Bulldog punter was named to the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) All-America Team, becoming the first player in program history to claim unanimous All-America honors.
To be considered a unanimous All-American, a player must receive All-America honors from the five recognized All-America teams set by the FWAA, Associated Press, American Football Coaches Association, The Sporting News and the Walter Camp Football Foundation.
A native of Salem, Ore., Allen led the nation in punting this season with an average of 48.04 yards per punt and leads the nation in net punting with a net punting average of 43.51. He booted the longest punt this season of any punter in the country with an 85-yard kick at New Mexico State. Over 44 percent of his punts this season have landed inside the 20 and over 46 percent of his punts have gone over 50 yards. Last week Allen became the first player to ever win the Ray Guy Award (nation’s top punter) in back-to-back years.
Allen had already received consensus All-America honors, which requires recognition from three of the five recognized All-America teams. He joined Willie Roaf and Troy Edwards as the only Bulldog players to receive consensus All-America honors.
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