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)