Originally created 11/28/01

Ray Guy Award finalists named



Travis Dorsch of Purdue, the nation's leading punter, is among the three finalists for the second annual Ray Guy Award.

Freddie Capshaw of Miami and Jeff Ferguson of Oklahoma also are in the running for the award given to the nation's top collegiate punter. The announcement was made Tuesday.

Sponsored by the Greater Augusta Sports Council, the award recognizes the achievements of the man considered one of the best punters in the game's history. A native of Thomson, Guy was a first-round draft choice by Oakland in 1973 and was part of three Super Bowl champion teams with the Raiders.

The winner will be announced Dec. 6 during the ESPN College Football Awards Show. The winner also will be invited to Augusta for the annual Greater Augusta Sports Awards Gala. No date has been set for the event.

Dorsch, a senior, leads the nation in punting average with 48.86 yards per kick. Ferguson, also a senior, is averaging 44 yards per punt, while Capshaw has averaged 42.0 yards per punt.

Dorsch also is a finalist for the Lou Groza Award, given to the top collegiate place-kicker. He is the school's career field goal and scoring leader, and is one of 10 finalists for the Mosi Tatupu Special Teams Award.

Tammy Stout, executive director of the Greater Augusta Sports Council, said the Ray Guy Award has drawn more interest this year than it did in 2000.

"You can definitely tell this year the (sports information directors) and the sports writers are much more in tune to the award, because the voting response has doubled," Ms. Stout said. "We still have people wanting to get on that list."

Criteria for the award include net average, number of punts inside the 20-yard line, percent of total punts inside the 20-yard line, average return yardage and percent not returned.

Kevin Stemke of Wisconsin was the winner of the inaugural award.

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