Ball State Punter A National Finalist

Ball State punter following in the footsteps of a couple of other former Cardinal punters still active in the NFL (Brad Maynard and Reggie Hodges).

Chris Miller (Libertyville, Ill./ Carmel H. S.), a junior punter on the Ball State University football team, has been named one of 10 finalists for the Ray Guy Award, which goes to the nation's most outstanding collegiate punter and is selected by the Greater Augusta Sports Council.

There were 56 student-athletes from across the country and joining Miller on the list of finalists are Durant Brooks (Georgia Tech), Keenyn Crier (Arizona), Kevin Huber (Cincinnati), Brett Kern (Toledo), Andrew Larson (California), Tim Reyer (Kansas State), Louie Sakoda (Utah), A.J. Trapasso (Ohio State) and Ben Woods (Buffalo). The winner will be announced Dec. 28, and presented at the ESPN College Football Awards Show in Orlando, Fla. Miller leads the nation in punting with a 46.77 average. He has punted 44 times for 2,058 yards this season. Miller has forced opponents to start drives inside the 20-yard line 26 times this season. In the last two games at Western Michigan and at Illinois, Miller has punted 15 times for 681 yards (45.4 average) and placed eight of those punts inside the opponents' 20-yard line. A Playboy Magazine Preseason All-American, Miller ranked second in the country in punting in 2006 with a 46.3 average, which ranks as the second best single-season average in Ball State history. He managed a 43.8 average in 2005, which ranks as the fifth best mark in Ball State annals. Miller has 169 career punts for 7,672 career punt yards and a 45.4 career average. Miller was selected as the second best punter in the nation in the preseason by The Sporting News plus was a Street & Smith's Preseason All-American and an Athlon Magazine Preseason All-America Second-Team choice. Ball State is 5-4 this season. The Cardinals will play at Indiana Saturday, host Toledo on ESPN2 Nov. 13 and finish the regular season at Northern Illinois Nov. 24. Courtesy of Ball State Athletic's

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