Freddie Capshaw has been named to the 2002 Ray Guy Award watch list as potential candidates for the top collegiate punter of the year, the selection committee of the award announced today."> Freddie Capshaw has been named to the 2002 Ray Guy Award watch list as potential candidates for the top collegiate punter of the year, the selection committee of the award announced today.">

Capshaw Named To 2002 Ray Guy Award Watch List

Miami senior punter <a href="http://scout.theinsiders.com/a.z?s=13&p=8&c=1&nid=301777&yr=2002">Freddie Capshaw</a> has been named to the 2002 Ray Guy Award watch list as potential candidates for the top collegiate punter of the year, the selection committee of the award announced today.

Capshaw, a native of Rock Springs, Wyoming, has been the leading punter in the BIG EAST Conference the last two seasons. Twice an All-BIG EAST selection, Capshaw has earned BIG EAST Special Teams Player of the Week four times during his career and he was one of three Ray Guy Award finalists. He averaged 41.8 yards per punt in his junior season and was named First-Team All-BIG EAST for the second consecutive season by the league's head coaches.

During the 2001 season, Capshaw placed 15 of his 36 punts (36 %) inside the opponent's 20-yard line, posted 11 punts of 50+ yards in 36 attempts (30.3 %) and had eight of his 36 punts (22.2 %) reach the opponent's end zone.

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. The winner will display leadership and self-discipline, and will have a positive impact on the team's success.

The national selection committee will choose the ten semi-finalists who will be announced in late October. The same national body will then vote for the three finalists who will be announced in late November. On December 12, 2002 the three finalists will travel to Orlando, Florida for the Home Depot College Football Awards Show, with the winner being announced and presented with the award live on ESPN. Punters are eligible to join the watch list at any time prior to the announcement of the ten semi-finalists.

Further, the Ray Guy Award winner will be invited to Augusta, Georgia for an exciting two-day celebration, including the Greater Augusta Sports Awards Gala, the Ray Guy Kicking & Punting Academy, and community appearances.

During his All-American collegiate football tenure at Southern Mississippi and his legendary career as a Pro Bowl punter for the NFL's Oakland Raiders, Ray Guy, a native of Thomson, Georgia, was unsurpassed in his ability to impact the outcome of games with incredible hang time and ball control. Since his retirement, Ray Guy has sought to bring heightened awareness and recognition to the punter position at all levels, and to spotlight the contributions and talents that these young athletes bring to the playing field.

2002 Ray Guy Award Watch List
Nominee                 School
Freddie Capshaw         Miami
Joey Biasatti           TCU
Robert Billings         Middle Tennessee State
Brian Brandt            Central Michigan
Richie Butler           Arkansas
Adam Coles              Connecticut
Dustin Colquitt         Tennessee
Luke Donovan            Wyoming
Damon Duval             Auburn
Dan Dyke                Georgia Tech
Jimmy Erwin             Northern Illinois
Nate Fikse              UCLA
Pat Fleming             Bowling Green State
Jared Fritz             Kent State
James Gaither           Memphis
Clinton Greathouse      Texas Tech
Andy Groom              Ohio State
Mark Haulman            Southern Mississippi
Curtis Head             Marshall
Joey Hildbold           Notre Dame
Joey Huber              Colorado State
Donnie Jones            LSU
Jonathan Kilgo          Georgia
Kyle Larson             Nebraska
Mark Mariscal           Colorado
Glenn Pakulak           Kentucky
Jarad Preston           East Carolina
Cody Scates             Texas A&M
Mike Shafer             Syracuse
Brian Simnjanovski      San Diego State
John Skaggs             Navy
Ross Stewart            UAB
Dustin Upton            Louisiana Tech
Mike Wafzig             Miami (Ohio)

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