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Skinner Named to Ray Guy Award Watch List

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Skinner Named to Ray Guy Award Watch List

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas senior Jacob Skinner has been named to the watch list for the 2006 Ray Guy Award, which annually identifies the top Division I-A collegiate punter in the nation.

The Ray Guy award is presented to the nation’s best collegiate punter as determined by a national selection committee made up of sports writers, college football coaches, sports information directors, former punters and members designated by the Greater Augusta Sports Council. The winner will be announced during ESPN’s Home Depot College Football Award Show in December. Skinner is one of 31 candidates listed on the watch list released on Tuesday.

“Jacob is a very valuable member of this team,” Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt said. “He is very consistent and has done an excellent job in helping us with field position. Last year we ranked among the nation’s best in net punting and that is a credit to Jacob and our coverage team. He is off to another great start in his senior season.”

Skinner has punted 11 times for 440 yards (40.0 yard average) this season. He is tied for the Southeastern Conference lead with four punts landed inside the opponents’ 20-yard line. He has also forced three fair catches. Only one of his 11 punts has been returned and that went for a loss of one yard. Last season, Skinner averaged 41.8 yards per punt (50 for 2,091 yards) and led Arkansas to the seventh-best net punting average (38.8) in the nation. He dropped 15 punts inside the 20 and forced 21 fair catches in 2005.

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 ten semi-finalists in early-November. The national voting body will then vote for the top three finalists who will be announced at the end of November. The winner will be announced live on ESPN during the Home Depot College Football Awards show, which will take place in Orlando, Fla., on Dec. 7, 2006. Wake Forest’s Ryan Plackemeier won the Ray Guy Award in 2005.

2006 Ray Guy Award Watch List

Player, Class, School

Jared Armstrong, Junior, Purdue

Tyson Beattie, Senior, Indiana

Chris Beckman, Senior, Tulane

Kody Bliss, Senior, Auburn

Justin Brantly, Sophomore, Texas A&M

Brendan Carney, Senior, Syracuse

Ken DeBauche, Junior, Wisconsin

John Deraney, Senior, NC State

Ryan Dougherty, Senior, East Carolina

Gordon Ely-Kelso, Senior, Georgia

Andy Fenstermaker, Senior, Iowa

Brandon Fields, Senior, Michigan State

Nick Folk, Senior, Arizona

Michael Gibson, Senior, Memphis

Adam Graessle, Senior, Pittsburgh

Michael Hughes, Junior, San Diego State

Chris Jackson, Senior, LSU

Jimmie Kaylor, Junior, Colorado State

Jim Laney, Junior, Western Michigan

Chris Miller, Ball State

Brian Monroe, Senior, Miami (Florida)

Thomas Morstead, Sophomore, SMU

Adam Podlesh, Senior, Maryland

Tim Reyer, Junior, Kansas State

Alex Reyes, Senior, Texas Tech

Daniel Sepulveda, Senior, Baylor

Nic Schmitt, Senior, Virginia Tech

Jacob Skinner, Senior, Arkansas

Kyle Stringer, Senior, Boise State

Kyle Tucker, Junior, Kansas

Eric Wilbur, Senior, Florida



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