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WFU's Ryan Plackemeier named to Ray Guy Award watch list

Posted Tuesday, September 13, 2005

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Two-Time All-ACC selection nominated for nation's top punter award

The Greater Augusta Sports Council named Wake Forest senior punter Ryan Plackemeier to the 2005 Ray Guy Award watch list as a candidate for the top collegiate punter of the year.

Plackemeier is on the list for the third straight season and joins 40 other college football punters on the 2005 watch list.

Plackemeier, a native of Bonsall, Calif., is the leading punter in ACC and Wake Forest history. A two-time first team All-ACC selection, Plackemeier has a career average of 44.3 yards per punt and has ranked among the nation's leaders in that category as a sophomore and junior. Plackemeier has 48 punts in his career of 50-plus yards and nine 60-plus yard punts. He has punted for 7,310 yards in his career, or 4.5 miles.

The Ray Guy award is presented annually to the nation's best collegiate punter as determined by a national selection committee made up of sportswriters, college football coaches, 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.

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 December 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.

2005 Ray Guy Award Watch list

Troy Blankenship Iowa State Senior
Kody Bliss Auburn Junior
Joshua Brazen Kent State Senior
Adam Brooks Wyoming Senior
Dave Brytus Purdue Sophomore
Brendan Carney Syracuse Senior
Cole Chason Clemson Junior
Ken Debauche Wisconsin Sophomore
Ryan Dougherty East Carolina Junior
Gordon Ely-Kelso Georgia Junior
Brandon Fields Michigan State Junior
Nate Fry Bowling Green Senior
Tyler Gaus New Mexico Senior
Adam Graessle Pittsburgh Junior
Chris Hall Florida State Senior
Ryan Hoffman Illinois State Senior
Ryan Hotchkiss UTEP Junior
Luke Johnson Southern Miss Senior
Jeremy Kapinos Penn State Junior
Sam Koch Nebraska Senior
Mike Lingiua Fresno State Junior
Chris Macdonald Arizona State Sophomore
Tom Malone Southern Cal Senior
Ryan Mentzel SMU Senior
Matt Miller Ohio Senior
Kurt Milne Hawaii Junior
Brian Monroe Miami Junior
Parker Mullins UAB Junior
Thomas Olmsted Troy Senior
Sam Paulescu Oregon State Senior
Ryan Plackemeier Wake Forest Senior
Adam Podlesh Maryland Junior
Tim Reyer Kansas State Sophomore
Alex Reyes Texas Tech Junior
Daniel Sepulveda Baylor Junior
Joel Stelly UL-Monroe Senior
Billy Sullivan Akron Senior
John Torp Colorado Senior
Steve Weatherford Illinois Senior
Andrew Wellock Eastern Michigan Junior
Eric Wilbur Florida Junior

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WFU's Ryan Plackemeier named to Ray Guy Award watch list
Wake Forest senior punter Ryan Plackemeier.
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