Burns Added to Ray Guy Award Watch List
Additions Bring Watch List Total to a Record 46 Nominees
October 18, 2002

AUGUSTA, Ga. - The Greater Augusta Sports Council announced Friday that nine punters have been added to the Ray Guy Award watch list for 2002, bringing the total number of nominees to 46, up by 15 from 2001. Curtis Ansel (University of Kansas), Vinnie Burns (Virginia Tech), Tyeler Dean (University of South Carolina), Ryan Downes (University of Idaho), Adam Finley (University of Michigan), Andy Lee (University of Pittsburgh), Tim Parker (Arizona State University), Cody Ridgeway (University of Mississippi) and Mike Scifres (Western Illinois University) are all strong contenders for this year's award.

During the last week of October, the Ray Guy Award committee will narrow the watch list to the top ten candidates. Subsequently, in late November a national voting committee will select the three finalists for the second annual Ray Guy Award.

On Dec.12, the Greater Augusta Sports Council will present the 2002 Ray Guy Award on live television to one of three finalists at the ESPN Home Depot College Football Awards Show from Orlando, Fla.

The Ray Guy Award national voting members include sports writers, college football coaches, former punters, and members designated by the Greater Augusta Sports Council.

Burns, a redshirt sophomore from New Orleans, is averaging 42.2 yards per punt this year with 14 kicks being downed inside the 20-yard line.

2002 Ray Guy Award Watch List
Curtis AnselUniversity of Kansas
Joey BiasattiTexas Christian University
Robert BillingsMiddle Tennessee State University
Richie ButlerUniversity of Arkansas
Vinnie BurnsVirginia Tech
Freddie CapshawUniversity of Miami
Adam ColesUniversity of Connecticut
Dustin ColquittUniversity of Tennessee
Tyeler DeanUniversity of South Carolina
Luke DonovanUniversity of Wyoming
Ryan DownesUniversity of Idaho
Damon DuvalAuburn University
Dan DykeGeorgia Tech
Jimmy ErwinNorthern Illinois University
Nate FikseUniversity of California Los Angeles
Adam FinleyUniversity of Michigan
Pat FlemingBowling Green State University
Tyler FredricksonUniversity of California - Berkeley
Jared FritzKent State University
James GaitherUniversity of Memphis
Clinton GreathouseTexas Tech
Andy GroomOhio State University
Mark HaulmanUniversity of Southern Mississippi
Curtis HeadMarshall University
Joey HildboldUniversity of Notre Dame
Joey HuberColorado State University
Donnie JonesLouisiana State University
Jonathan KilgoUniversity of Georgia
Kyle LarsonUniversity of Nebraska
Andy LeeUniversity of Pittsburgh
Mark MariscalUniversity of Colorado
Mat McBriarUniversity of Hawaii
Steve MullinsUtah State University
Glenn PakulakUniversity of Kentucky
Tim ParkerArizona State University
Jarad PrestonEast Carolina University
Cody RidgewayUniversity of Mississippi
Cody ScatesTexas A&M University
Mike ScifresWestern Illinois University
Mike ShaferSyracuse University
Brian SimnjanovskiSan Diego State University
John SkaggsU.S. Naval Academy
Ross StewartUniversity of Alabama-Birmingham
Dustin UptonLouisiana Tech University
Mike WafzigMiami (Ohio) University
Tony YelkIowa State University