FOOTBALL: Wilbur named to Ray Guy Watch List

New Haven, Conn. - University of Florida junior punter Eric Wilbur (Winter Park, Fla.) has been named to the 2005 Ray Guy Watch List by the Greater Augusta Sports Council. The award is presented annually to the top collegiate punter of the year.

Wilbur has started 25 games in his UF career and his career average of 43.6 yards per punt ranks just behind Ray Criswell's mark of 44.4. Wilbur has booted a punt of 50-plus yards in 19 of his career 25 games. Prior to the 2005 season, he was named as a second-team member to the SEC Coaches' Preseason Team.

The Ray Guy award will be presented to the nation's best collegiate punter as determined by a national selection committee made up of sports writers, college football coaches and sports information directors, former punters and members designated by the Greater Augusta Sports Council. Among the statistics used to identify the Ray Guy Award winner are total yardage punted, number of times a punt is downed or kicked out of bounds inside the opponents 20-yard line, net average, average returned yardage, and percentage of punts not returned. It is also of importance for the award winner to display team leadership, self-discipline, and to have a positive impact on the team's success.

The Ray Guy Award watch list will be narrowed to ten semi-finalists to be announced in early-November. The national voting body will then vote for the top three finalists who will be announced at the end of November. On Dec. 8, 2005 the top three finalists will be in Orlando, Florida for the Home Depot College Football awards show. The winner will be announced live on ESPN.

2005 Ray Guy Award Watch list

Troy Blankenship        Iowa State      Senior
Kody Bliss      Auburn University       Junior
Joshua Brazen   Kent State      Senior
Adam Brooks     Wyoming Senior
Dave Brytus     Purdue University       Sophomore
Brendan Carney  Syracuse        Senior
Cole Chason     Clemson Junior
Ken Debauche    Wisconsin       Sophomore
Ryan Dougherty  East Carolina   Junior
Gordon Ely-Kelso        University of Georgia   Junior
Brandon Fields  Michigan State  Junior
Nate Fry        Bowling Green State U   Senior
Tyler Gaus      New Mexico      Senior
Adam Graessle   Pittsburgh      Junior
Chris Hall      Florida State   Senior
Ryan Hoffman    Illinois State  Senior
Ryan Hotchkiss  UTEP    Junior
Luke Johnson    Southern Miss   Senior
Jeremy Kapinos  Penn State      Junior
Sam Koch        Nebraska        Senior
Mike Lingiua    Fresno State    Junior
Chris Macdonald Arizona State   Sophomore
Tom Malone      Univ Southern Cal       Senior
Ryan Mentzel    SMU     Senior
Matt Miller     Ohio    Senior
Kurt Milne      Hawaii  Junior
Brian Monroe    Miami   Junior
Parker Mullins  Univ of Alabama-B'ham   Junior
Thomas Olmsted  Troy University Senior
Sam Paulescu    Oregon State    Senior
Ryan Plackemeier        Wake Forest     Senior
Adam Podlesh    Maryland        Junior
Tim Reyer       Kansas State    Sophomore
Alex Reyes      Texas Tech      Junior
Daniel Sepulveda        Baylor  Junior
Joel Stelly     Louisiana-Monroe        Senior
Billy Sullivan  University of Akron     Senior
John Torp       Colorado        Senior
Steve Weatherford       Illinois        Senior
Andrew Wellock  Eastern Michigan        Junior
Eric Wilbur     Florida Junior

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