Punter Koch Named to Ray Guy Award Watch List

Nebraska senior Sam Koch is one of 40 punters named to the 2005 Ray Guy Award watch list. The award is presented annually to the nation's top collegiate punter by the Greater Augusta (Ga.) Sports Council.

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.

After an outstanding junior season in 2004, Sam Koch is off to a great start this fall. In two games, Koch is averaging 43.9 yards per punt on 12 attempts to rank 17th nationally in punting average. Six of Koch's 12 punts have pinned the opposition inside their own 20-yard line and he has boomed two punts better than 70 yards, including a career-long 76-yard punt against Wake Forest, the third-longest punt in school history.

Koch's predecessor, Kyle Larson, was one of three finalists for the Ray Guy Award in the 2003 season, and is now the starting punter for the Cincinnati Bengals.

The Ray Guy Award watch list will be narrowed to 10 semifinalists 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, Fla. for the Home Depot College Football awards show. The winner will be announced live on ESPN.

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