Dec. 8, 2005
Orlando, Fla. -- Wake Forest senior punter Ryan Plackemeier was selected as the 2005 Ray Guy Award winner at the ESPN/Home Depot College Football Awards Show by the Greater Augusta (Ga.) Sports Council on Thursday night. The award, which began in 2000, goes to the college football's best punter. Plackemeier is the first punter in the ACC to win the award.
The Ray Guy Award is presented annually to the nation's best collegiate punter as determined by a national selection committee made up of sportswriters, college football coaches, sports information directors, former punters and members designated by the Greater Augusta Sports Council. Nominees were evaluated on their overall statistics and contribution to the team. Particular emphasis was placed on net average, percentage of total punts inside the 20-yard line, average return yardage and percentage not returned.
Plackemeier leads the nation in both net punting and average per punt. He punted 67 times this season with an average of 47.2 yards per punt. Plackemeier also dropped 20 punts inside the 20 yardline and nearly half his punts were not returned. Wake Forest's cover team was been instrumental in helping Plackemeier lead the nation in net punting. Deacon opponents averaged just 9.0 yards per punt return.
A native of Bonsall, Calif., Plackemeier had 13 punts of at least 60 yards this season. Three of those went at least 70 yards, including an 82-yard blast against NC State on October 22. That punt was the fourth-longest punt in ACC history. His punts of 71, 74 and 82 yards are the three longest punts in the ACC this season.
Among those with 200 career attempts, Plackemeier is the NCAA's all-time leading punter with a career average of 45.26 yards per punt. He was a three-time first team All-ACC selection. Six organizations and publications have named Plackemeier first team All-American.
Plackemeier shattered his own Wake Forest single season record for average yards per punt, originally set in 2003 when he averaged 45.6 yards per punt. He eclipsed that mark by nearly a yard and a half in 2005.
The other finalists for the award were Danny Baugher of Arizona and John Torp of Colorado.
Ray Guy, a former NFL punter (Oakland Raiders, 1973-1986) and 2004 College Football Hall of Fame Inductee, is a native of the Augusta, Georgia area, currently residing in Thomson, Georgia.