Burns Named a Semifinalist for Guy Award
Junior one of 10 up for award
November 12, 2003

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

Virginia Tech redshirt junior Vinnie Burns was named of the 10 on the list for his outstanding season thus far. The New Orleans native is averaging 39.4 yards on 38 punts with 13 downed inside the 20-yard line. He has been asked to sacrifice average for field position and has pinned opponents inside the 10-yard line six times and inside the 3-yard line three times.

Burns was a semifinalist for the award last year as well.

Each of the 42 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 2003 Ray Guy Award recipient will be announced on Thursday, Dec. 11, 2003 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 annual G.A.M.E.S. (Greater Augusta Medals for Excellence in Sports) Award winners.

The 2003 Ray Guy Award semifinalists are as follows:
Kyle Basler, Washington State
Vinnie Burns, Virginia Tech
Dustin Colquitt, Tennessee
Donnie Jones, Louisiana State
Kyle Larson, Nebraska
Andy Lee, Pittsburgh
Tom Malone, Southern California
Adam Podlesh, Maryland
Matt Prater, Central Florida
B.J. Sander, Ohio State