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Friday, December 9, 2011

And the Winners Are... Randy Bullock & Ryan Allen

And the winners of the two big awards at the Home Depot College Football Awards are [drum roll]...

Lou Groza Award: Randy Bullock
Texas A&M kicker Randy Bullock’s senior season ended with his emotional acceptance of the Lou Groza Award during tonight’s College Football Awards Show on ESPN. In August, Bullock dedicated this season to the memory of his late father, Richard, who died in 2003 of a heart attack. Randy Bullock was a freshman in high school at the time. Bullock said he selected this season to dedicate to his father, who taught him how to kick a football, because he knew it could be his last to play organized football. Then, he went out and led the nation in field goals (25), connecting on 86.2 percent of his attempts (25-of-29). Heading into tonight’s ceremony, Bullock said being a Groza recipient “would mean the world to me and to my family because that was my motivation be successful.” When his name was called as the winner, Bullock closed his eyes briefly and his voice cracked when he elaborated about what it meant to be honored as college football’s top kicker in the season he dedicated to his father’s memory. “It was very special,” Bullock said. “It means that much to me and to my family. We were in this together. I definitely felt his presence throughout out the whole season, especially tonight once my name was called.”

- Star-Telegram.
Ray Guy Award: Ryan Allen
Louisiana Tech punter Ryan Allen, a junior from Salem, Ore., was honored during Thursday’s show by winning the Ray Guy Award. Allen ranks third nationally with a 46.3-yard average on 78 punts. “I thought anybody could win it,” Allen said. “I had no intentions on any national awards. I just set a few goals I wanted to reach. “You set high goals, and I’m looking forward to coming back next year.”

- The Advocate

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