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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Matt Fodge Wins 2008 Ray Guy Award

"Oklahoma State’s Matt Fodge has been named the 2008 Ray Guy Award winner as the nation’s top collegiate punter, it was announced tonight by the Augusta Sports Council. Fodge, a senior from Garland, Texas, is OSU’s first-ever Ray Guy Award winner. He averaged 44.1 yards on 31 punts this season, including 17 that were downed inside the opponent’s 20-yard line. A second-team All-Big 12 performer, Fodge had a net punt average of just under 41 yards. Opponents returned just 10 of Fodge’s punts and managed only 51 return yards. Fodge recorded a long punt of 71 yards against Texas Tech, which was downed at the Red Raiders’ three-yard line. Fodge had 54.8 percent of his punts downed inside the 20-yard line, and seven of his punts resulted in a fair catch. The other finalists for the 2008 Ray Guy Award were Louie Sakoda of Utah and Pat McAfee of West Virginia." - Cowboys

"I'm just at a loss for words,' Fodge said. 'To be able to win an award like that, working hard for four years, to see it pay off is very rewarding.' Fodge, a senior from Garland, Texas, averaged 44.1 yards per punt this season. Fodge didn't punt enough times to qualify for national NCAA rankings, but his average would have ranked 11th nationally. 'They were joking the entire season they had to go wake me up on the bench when it was time to punt,' Fodge said during the telecast. 'That's a tribute to our offense,' he said. 'They've been playing good all year.' Only one of his 31 punts was a touchback, and 17 were downed inside the opponents' 20-yard line. OSU ranked second nationally in net punting with an average of 40.7 yards. 'I've got to give it up to the other 10 guys on the punt team,' Fodge said. 'Without them, this award wouldn't be possible." - Tulsa World

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