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DiLallo Named to Ray Guy Award Watch List
Release: September 18, 2007
By: Erich Schubert, Graduate Assistant SID
Sophomore punter Matt DiLallo is following in the footsteps of several great former CU punters.
Photo Courtesy: CUBuffs.com
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BOULDER Ė University of Colorado sophomore punter Matt DiLallo was named to the 2007 Ray Guy Award Watch List Tuesday. The Award is presented every year to the nation’s top punter. DiLallo is one of 41 players and one of just five underclassmen on the list.

 

DiLallo was the Buffs’ staring punter as a freshman in 2006 after redshirting the previous year while under the tutelage of then-senior punter John Torp, a Ray Guy Award runner-up in 2005. 

 

He earned unanimous first-team Freshman All-America honors in 2006, as he had 47 punts for an average of 43.74 with 14 inside-the-20. He had eight punts over 50 yards and two over 60; he owned a net average of 38.5 and a 44.9 mark on punts made from inside CU’s own 25. He did not record a single touchback, and his season long punt of 73 yards, against Colorado State in Denver, set a CU record for the longest punt by a freshman (by some 10 yards). An integrated physiology major, DiLallo was also a second-team Academic All-Big 12 selection in 2006.

 

During spring ball in 2007, CU coaches presented DiLallo with the Bill McCartney Award as the most improved special teams player. The Sporting News selected him as the second-team All-Big 12 punter in its preseason magazine. Through three games in 2007, DiLallo has punted the ball 17 times for a 41.2 average with six inside-the-20.  

 

DiLallo is the third CU punter to be named to the Ray Guy Award Watch List. Former CU punter Mark Mariscal was on the watch list in 2001 before winning the award in 2002. Torp was on the watch list in 2004 before his runner-up finish in 2005.

 

The Ray Guy Award winner is selected by a national committee made up of sports writers, college football coaches, sports information directors, past Ray Guy award winners and members of the Greater Augusta Sports Council.

 

  2007 Ray Guy Award Watch List

 

Jared Armstrong

Purdue

Senior

Johnny Ayers

Boston College

Senior

Britt Barefoot

Southern Miss

Junior

Justin Brantly

Texas A & M

Junior

*Durant Brooks

Georgia Tech

Senior

Dave Brytus

Pittsburgh

Junior

Britton Colquitt

Tennessee

Junior

Jeremy Davis

Arkansas

Junior

Ken Debauche

Wisconsin

Senior

Matt DiLallo

Colorado

Sophomore

Matt Fodge

Oklahoma State

Junior

Michael Hughes

San Siego State

Senior

Leon Jackson III

Utah State

Senior

Jonathan Johnson

Arizona State

Senior

Zach Johnson

Eastern Michigan

Sophomore

Jared Kaufman

New Mexico State

Senior

Jimmie Kaylor

Colorado State

Senior

Chris Keagle

Louisiana Tech

Junior

Brett Kern

Toledo

Senior

Jim Laney

Western Michigan

Senior

Andrew Larson

California

Senior

Zoltan Mesko

Michigan

Sophomore

Chris Miller

Ball State

Junior

Thomas Morstead

SMU

Junior

Brian Pacheco

UNLV

Senior

Aaron Perez

UCLA

Junior

Keegan Peterson

Florida Atlantic

Sophomore

Kyle Petersen

UTEP

Freshman

Waylon Prather

San Jose State

Senior

Geoff Price

Notre Dame

Senior

Tim Reyer

Kansas State

Senior

Louie Sakoda

Utah

Junior

Truman Spencer

North Texas

Junior

Ryan Succop

South Carolina

Junior

Brent Sutherland

Memphis

Junior

Sam Swank

Wake Forest

Junior

Dan Titchener

Nebraska

Junior

Owen Tolson

Army

Senior

AJ Trapasso

Ohio State

Junior

Greg Woidneck

Southern Cal

Junior

Ben Woods

Buffalo

Senior

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