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Friday, January 16, 2015

Durant Brooks Wins 2007 Ray Guy Award

"Georgia Tech senior Durant Brooks was named the winner of the 2007 Ray Guy Award as the nation's top punter it was announced tonight at the Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Show at the Atlantic Dance Hall on the Disney Boardwalk. Brooks beat out finalists Kevin Huber from Cincinnati and Toledo's Brett Kern to win the award for the first time. He was also a finalist last season. 'This is such an honor,' said Brooks. 'Just being in the same room as some of the best players in the country was a thrill and I am so appreciative of everyone and knowing that all of the hard work paid off. After being here last year it is a nice feeling to go home a winner.'

One of the top punters in Georgia Tech and ACC history, Brooks is a two-time first team All-ACC selection. He has the highest career punting average in the history of the ACC and also serves as the holder on kicks. Brooks transferred to Tech in 2005 after two seasons at Georgia Military College and has remarkable punting statistics considering that he handles all Tech punts, including pooch-punts that can impact individual averages. This season, brooks ranks first in the ACC and fourth nationally in punting (45.5). He has punted 61 times for 2,778 yards and only 19 of his 61 punts were returned. Nearly half (30 of 61) of those punts were downed inside the 20 yard line. He booted a career-high 77-yarder against North Carolina and the average starting position for opponents following a Brooks punt has been the 18-yard line." - Ramblin' Wreck

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