Purdue senior Travis Dorsch won the second annual Ray Guy Award Thursday night at the ESPN College Football Awards Show in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
Dorsch, a finalist for the Lou Groza Award (best field-goal kicker), leads the nation in punting average with 48.86 yards per kick. He beat out Miami's Freddie Capshaw and Oklahoma's Jeff Ferguson for the honor.
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 a part of three Super Bowl champion teams with the Raiders.
Guy helped establish the award to recognize players at the collegiate level.
"I think it's making a big difference," the 51-year-old Guy said Thursday from Florida. "I wanted to get the punters the recognition they should have gotten years and years ago."
Kevin Stemke of Wisconsin won the inaugural award last year. Since then the voting response has doubled for this year's award.
"The award's going great," Guy said. "Since it was implemented last year, the input I'm getting is that it's making punters more aware and working harder.
"It kind of gives them a goal and an incentive, something to look forward to the season."
The winner will be invited to come to Augusta for the annual Greater Augusta Sports Awards Gala at the Radisson Riverfront Hotel on Jan. 25. For ticket information, call the Greater Augusta Sports Council at 722-8326.
In the other awards announced during the ESPN College Football Awards Show, Miami quarterback Ken Dorsey won the Maxwell Award and Nebraska's Eric Crouch took the Davey O'Brien quarterback trophy.
BYU's Luke Staley, who ran for 1,582 yards and led the nation in scoring with 28 touchdowns, won the Doak Walker Award as the nation's best running back, beating out Maryland's Bruce Perry and Tennessee's Travis Stephens.
North Carolina defensive end Julius Peppers won the Chuck Bednarik Trophy for the nation's top defensive player.
Bryant McKinnie, Miami's massive left tackle, won the Outland Trophy as the best interior lineman, beating out Tennessee's John Henderson and Nebraska's Toniu Fonoti.
Other award winners were LSU wide receiver Josh Reed (Biletnikoff Award) and safety Roy Williams (Jim Thorpe Award).
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