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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Daniel Sepulveda Wins 2004 Ray Guy Award

"Baylor sophomore Daniel Sepulveda was named the 2004 recipient of the Ray Guy Award, announced Thursday night at the Home Depot College Football Awards Show on ESPN. The award is given by the Greater Augusta [Ga.] Sports Council and is named for former NFL All-Pro punter and Augusta native Ray Guy. Sepulveda was selected over Brandon Fields of Michigan State and Chris Kluwe of UCLA. The three finalists were selected from a list of 10 semifinalists last month. 

'First of all, I give all glory to God,' Sepulveda said. 'When you look at last three or four years of my life - going from a linebacker in high school who didn't play much, to where I am now - His work in my life is undeniable.' Sepulveda began his career at Baylor as a walk-on linebacker and sat out the 2002 season as a redshirt. During the 2003 spring drills, Sepulveda moved to punter, a position he had not played since seventh grade. The rest is history. 'Football is a team sport and special teams is no different,' Sepulveda said. 'I have to give credit to the other 11 guys; they should have been here on this stage with me. Jonathan Weeks did a great job with the deep snaps, and Ryan Jeffrey and Braelon Davis were really valuable as gunners. Really everyone took such pride.'...

Sepulveda leads the nation with 41.9 percent of his punts inside the opponent's 20-yard line and percentage of punts not returned (62.9 percent). He also is second nationally in net average (42.5 yards per punt) and in average return yardage (3.5 yards per punt). Sepulveda ranks second in the Big 12 and third nationally with 46.0 yards per punt, the second-best single-season average in school history. Sepulveda also leads the conference with 24 punts of 50-plus yards (tied for second nationally) and 26 punts downed inside the opponent's 20 yard line (tied for first nationally). Baylor ranks fourth nationally in net punting at 40.6 yards per punt. In just two seasons, Sepulveda already has rewritten Baylor's punting records. His career average of 44.3 yards per punt ranks first all-time at Baylor. He also has established a school record with 50 career punts of 50-plus yards. Sepulveda has eight career punts of 60-plus yards, third in school history and two shy of the Baylor record. Sepulveda has recorded at least one punt of 50-plus yards in 22 of 23 career games and at least one punt inside the opponent's 20-yard line in 19 of 23 games." - Bears

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