Weatherford has already been honored as a preseason All-American by Athlon and Street & Smith and is a preseason candidate for the Ray Guy Award. He is rated as the No. 3 punter in the nation by Lindy's and the No. 6 punter by The Sporting News. The preseason honors come after a 2004 season in which he was a Ray Guy Award semifinalist and a first team All-Big Ten selection while averaging a school-record 45.4 yards per punt.
Weatherford is the school record holder for both career and single season punting average and also excels in track and field as the school record holder in the heptathlon.
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