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Freelend Named to 2004 Ray Guy Award Watch List


Friday, September 10, 2004

University of Alabama senior punter Bo Freelend (SR, 6-4, Eutaw) has been named to the 2004 Ray Guy Award Watch List.

The Ray Guy Award will be presented to the nation's best collegiate punter as determined by a national selection committee made up of sports writers, college football coaches and sports information directors, former punters and members designated by the Greater Augusta Sports Council. Among the statistics to be included in determining the Ray Guy Award winner are total yardage, number of times a punt is downed or kicked out of bounds inside of the opponent's 20-yard line, net average, average return yardage and percentage not returned The winner will display leadership and self-discipline, and will have a positive impact on the team's success.

Freelend played in all 13 games in the 2003 season averaging 40.8 yards on 73 punts with a long of 59 yards against Ole Miss.  His 73 punts ranked third on the Tide's all-time single season list and his 2,976 punting yards is also the third most in school history.  He punted five times for 262 yards against Ole Miss and that 52.4 yard average tied the school single game punting average for a minimum of five punts.

The Ray Guy Award watch list will be narrowed to ten semi-finalists who will be announced in early November. The national voting body will then vote for the three finalists who will be announced in late November. On December 9, 2004 the three finalists will travel to Orlando, Florida for the Home Depot College Football Awards Show, with the winner being announced and presented with the award live on ESPN. Punters are eligible to join the watch list at any time prior to the announcement of the ten semi-finalists.

2004 Ray Guy Award Watch List

Adam Anderson, Western Michigan
Jeff Babcock, Colorado State
Kyle Basler, Washington State
Danny Baugher, Arizona
Chris Beckman, Tulane
Bryce Benekos, Texas - El Paso
David Bradley, Iowa
John Braziel, Texas Christian
Vinnie Burns, Virginia Tech
Brendan Carney, Syracuse
Dustin Colquitt, Tennessee
Gary Cook, UNLV
Jared Cook, Mississippi State
Ryan Dougherty, East Carolina
Gordon Ely-Kelso, Georgia
Cole Farden, Oklahoma State
Adam Finley, Michigan
Bo Freeland, Alabama
Luke Johnson, Southern Mississippi
Brad Kadlubar, North Texas
Chris Kluwe, UCLA
Tom Malone, Southern California
Ryan Mentzel, Southern Methodist
Thomas Olmstead, Troy State
Matt Payne, Brigham Young
Ryan Plackemeier, Wake Forest
Adam Podlesh, Maryland
Alex Reyes, Texas Tech
Cody Ridgeway, Mississippi
Daniel Sepulveda, Baylor
Jacob Skinner, Arkansas
Joel Stelly, Louisiana-Monroe
Kyle Stringer, Boise State
Anthony Thornton, Kentucky
John Torp, Colorado
David Wooldridge, North Carolina