Aug. 29, 2000
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State punter Steve Mullins is one of 32 punters, including representatives from every Division I-A conference, that comprise the first Ray Guy Award watch list as announced Tuesday by the Greater Augusta Sports Council.?
The Ray Guy Award will be awarded to the nation's best punter as determined by a committee made up of sports writers, college football coaches, former punters and members designated by the Greater Augusta Sports Council.? The winner will display leadership, self-discipline, and have a significant positive impact on the team's success.? Players are eligible to join the watch list throughout the season.?
Mullins was named a Freshman All-American by The Sporting News as a freshman in 1999 and ranked 29th in the nation in punting average at 42.3 yards per kick. He had a long punt of 70 yards and dropped nine inside the 20-yard line on the year. He had at least one 50-yard punt in eight-of-11 games in 1999.
The sophomore from Phoenix, Ariz. will also play wide receiver for the Aggies and is listed as a starter at that position heading into the season opener at Texas Tech on Saturday, Sept. 2.
The National Selection Committee will choose the 10 semifinalists who will be announced by November 8, 2000.? That same national body will then vote for the three finalists who will be announced November 30, 2000.?
The Ray Guy Award in its first year has become one of the most talked about awards in college football, finally recognizing the remaining major position on the football field that can single-handedly altar the outcome of a game.? The award is named after the greatest punter of all time, Ray Guy, who attended Southern Mississippi and then was drafted in the first round by the Oakland Raiders.? Ray Guy was an integral part of the Raider's successful years between 1973-1986.?
The Greater Augusta Sports Council will present the Ray Guy Award in December at a combined awards dinner with the Greater Augusta Medal For Excellence in Sports Awards for high school students in the Augusta metro area.
Ray Guy Award Nominees Watch List:
Jason Baker, Iowa,
Brooks Barnard, Maryland,
Ray Cheetany, UNLV,
Mike Clark, Houston,
Keith Cottrel, Florida State,
Alan Cox, Washington State,
Kurtis Doerr, Oregon,
Travis Dorsch, Purdue,
Dan Dyke, Georgia Tech,
Hayden Epstein, Michigan,
Mark Fazzolari, West Virginia,
Jeff Ferguson, Oklahoma,
Steve Fitts, Illinois,
Dan Hadenfeldt, Nebraska,
Nick Harris, California,
Curtis Head, Marshall,
Reagan King, Mississippi,
Andy Kohl, New Mexico State,
David Leaverton, Tennessee,
Casey Lipscomb, Tulsa,
Mike MacGillivray, Southern California,
Kevin Mc Myler, Boston College,
Steve Mullins, Utah State,
Brian Morton, Duke,
Joey Pelfanio, Kansas,
Alan Rhine, Florida,
Casey Roussel, Tulane,
Andy Shatley, Arkansas State,
Matt Steffen, Western Michigan,
Kevin Stemke, Wisconsin,
Colin Vadheim, Southern Methodist,
David Zastudil, Ohio.
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