Tim Parker Named to Ray Guy Award Watch List

Aug. 29, 2003

TEMPE, Ariz. - Senior punter Tim Parker is one of 32 players named to the preseason watch list for the 2003 Ray Guy Award which is annually presented to the top collegiate punter by the Greater Augusta Sports Council.

Parker returns for his senior year after leading the Pac-10 Conference in punting and earning second-team All-Pac-10 honors last season. He averaged 42.7 yards per punt to pace the league and rank 16th in the nation. He turned in 3,372 punting yards which puts him second all time at ASU for punting yards in a season. This year, Parker is listed as the eighth-best punter in the country by The Sporting News and was picked as a third-team preseason All-American by Street & Smith's.

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 to be included in determining the Ray Guy Award winner are total yardage, number of times a punt is downed or kicked out of bounds inside of the opponents 20-yard line, net average, average return yardage and percentage not returned The winner will display leadership and self-discipline, and will have a positive impact on the teams success.

The Ray Guy Award watch list will be narrowed to 10 semifinalists who will be announced in early November. The national voting body will then vote for the three finalists who will be announced in late November. On December 11, 2003 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 semifinalists.

Further, the Ray Guy Award winner will be invited to Augusta, Ga., 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, Ga., 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.

2003 Ray Guy Award Watch List

NOMINEE SCHOOL CLASSCurtis Ansel Kansas SeniorGrant Autrey Louisiana-Lafayette SeniorBryce Benekos Texas-El Paso JuniorVinnie Burns Virginia Tech JuniorAdam Coles Connecticut SeniorJared Cook Mississippi State JuniorLuke Donovan Wyoming SeniorRyan Dougherty East Carolina SophomoreRyan Downes Idaho SeniorAdam Finley Michigan SeniorBrock Harvey Missouri SeniorAustin Herbert North Carolina State SeniorBrian Huffman Northwestern SeniorTodd James West Virginia SeniorDerek Jones Nevada SeniorDonnie Jones Louisiana State SeniorBrad Kadlubar North Texas JuniorKyle Larson Nebraska SeniorAndy Lee Pittsburgh SeniorTom Malone Southern California SophomoreJimmy McClary Houston SeniorTim Parker Arizona State SeniorMatt Payne Brigham Young SeniorRyan Plackemeier Wake Forest SophomoreAdam Podlesh Maryland SophomoreCody Ridgeway Mississippi JuniorCody Scates Texas A&M SeniorNichoas Setta Notre Dame SeniorJohn Skaggs Navy SeniorBrent Slaton Purdue SeniorMike Wafzig Miami (Ohio) JuniorTony Yelk Iowa State Senior

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