Burns Named a Semifinalist for Guy Award
Sophomore one of 10 up for award
October 30, 2002

AUGUSTA, Ga. - The Greater Augusta Sports Council announced Wednesday the top 10 semifinalists for the third annual Ray Guy Award, recognizing the nation's top collegiate punter.

Virginia Tech redshirt sophomore Vinnie Burns was named of the 10 on the list for his outstanding season thus far. The New Orleans native is averaging 41.7 yards on 37 punts with 16 downed inside the 20-yard line.

Each of the 45 punters on the watch list was evaluated on his overall statistics and contribution to his team with emphasis placed on the following categories: net average, percentage of total punts inside the 20, average return yardage and percent not returned.

These various components are what made Ray Guy, the award's namesake, a most exceptional punter and these characteristics are indicative of the nation's top collegiate punter. Guy, a former NFL punter (Oakland Raiders, 1973-1986) is a native of the Augusta, Ga., area, currently residing in Thomson, Ga.

The 2002 Ray Guy Award recipient will be announced on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2002 on the ESPN College Football Awards Show. The winner will again be honored at the Greater Augusta Sports Awards Gala in Augusta, Ga. Also honored at the Gala will be the 10th Annual G.A.M.E.S. (Greater Augusta Medals for Excellence in Sports) Award winners.

The 2002 Ray Guy Award semifinalists are as follows:

Curtis Anse, University of Kansas
Joey Biasatti, Texas Christian University
Vinnie Burns, Virginia Tech
Dustin Colquitt, University of Tennessee
Pat Fleming, Bowling Green State University
Joey Hildbold, University of Notre Dame
Kyle Larson, University of Nebraska
Mark Mariscal, University of Colorado
Glenn Pakulak, University of Kentucky
Mike Scifres, Western Illinois University