Tech's Allen wins 2nd Ray Guy Award

ORLANDO, Fla. – Louisiana Tech’s Ryan Allen became the first back-to-back recipient of the coveted Ray Guy Award as the nation’s top punter when he was named the award’s winner Thursday night during the Home Depot College Football Awards Show.

The senior Tech punter beat out Florida’s Kyle Christy and Ball State’s Scott Kovanda for the award. The award was an-nounced on a live national broadcast on ESPN.

“Even after I won it last year, I was just so ecstatic to be part of this whole event that ESPN College Football Awards puts on and to be honored for the success that my punt coverage team and I have had,” Allen said in a Louisiana Tech new release. “They have just as much to do with this as I do. To do it again is a real honor. For the Augusta Sports Council to go out and recognize a punter and for us to get recognized for our success is big. It is big for our team. It is big for our soon-to-be players that will be on special teams as it shows them that this is important, and it does get recognized if you do a good job. We impacted some games, and we were a huge contribution to our team’s success and that is what it is all about.”

Allen, who was also named first team Walter Camp All-American Thursday, led the nation in punting this season with an average of 48.04 yards per punt and led the nation in net punting with a net punting average of 43.51. He booted the longest punt this season of any punter in the country with an 85-yard kick at New Mexico State.

More than 44 percent of his punts this season have landed inside the 20 and more than 46 percent of his punts have gone more than 50 yards.

Allen joins former Bulldog Troy Edwards as the only major award winner for Louisiana Tech after Edwards won the 1998 Biletnikoff Award.

Allen was named a finalist for the Ray Guy Award in late November, the third player in school history to be named a finalist for a national award.

Willie Roaf was a 1992 Outland Trophy finalist.

Allen is only the fifth punter to be named a finalist in back-to-back years in the history of the Ray Guy Award.

A native of Salem, Ore., Allen also was named to the 2012 American Football Coaches’ Association’s Foot-ball Bowl Subdivision Coach-es’ All-America team, which was announced last week by the American Football Coaches Association. The Sporting News and CBS Sports also have named Allen to their respective All-America teams.

Blue Ribbon and the Wal-ter Camp Football Founda-tion bestowed All-America honors on Tech’s punter last season.

The only other player to win the award multiple times was Baylor’s Daniel Sepulveda, who won the award in 2004 and 2006. He was not a finalist for the 2005 award.

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