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Pro Football Weekly Tabs Baugher No. 1
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: December 16, 2005
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CHICAGO--University of Arizona punter Danny Baugher has been named an All-American by Pro Football Weekly.

The PFW team is selected by staff analyst Mark Nawrocki after consultation with NFL evaluators and extensive game film study. It also cites a player's leadership, resiliency, toughness and character.

Baugher was named a third-team AP All-American earlier this week, and as one of three finalists for the Ray Guy Award as the nation's top punter attended the College Football Awards ceremonies in Orlando, Fla., earlier this month.

The UA kicker led the nation with a 47.5 yard average before an injury ended his season in Arizona's seventh game of the year against Oregon, when he hurt a knee after being tackled reurning a blocked punt 39 yards. His per-kick figure remained best in NCAA Division I, although he was dropped from the rankings because he did not play in 75 percent -- two more-- of the Wildcats' 11 games.

Baugher was one of three Pacific-10 Conference players who made the team picked by the publication, which focuses primarily on professional football. Running back Reggie Bush of Southern California and kick returner Maurice Drew of UCLA were the others.

He finished the year with 37 punts for 1,758 yards, with 11 downed inside the opponents' 20 yard-line, seven fair catches and eight touchbacks. His effort -- and a superb subsequent relief job by junior placekicker Nick Folk -- helped Arizona post a net punting figure of 36.0 yards. Under 2005 NCAA rules, all touchbacks subtracted 20 yards from net punting figures and Baugher and Folk combined to keep UA to only 10 touchbacks on its 61 punts, with 19 stuck inside the 20.

Baugher's 47.5 figure set an Arizona school season record, topping the mark of 44.6 yards by Joe Payton in 1965 by a wide margin. His senior season gave him a career mark of 42.1 yards per punt, and he holds the UA career mark with 225 total punts and 9,476 yards.

Baugher is the second UA punter and fourth kicker to earn All-America honors. Josh Miller was a first-team selection by the Football Writers Association of America and The Sporting News in 1992, and has punted for the Baltimore Stallions (CFL, 1994-95), Pittsburge Steelers (1996-2003) and New England Patriots since his two-year UA career. The others are place kickers Steve McLaughlin (Lou Groza Award and consensus first-team All-America) in 1992 and Max Zendejas (second-team The Sporting News) in 1985.

Also today, UA receiver Mike Thomas (2nd team) and defensive end Johnathan Turner (3rd team) were named Freshman All-America by The Sporting News, while quarterback Willie Tuitama and linebacker Ronnie Palmer earned honorable mention.

Pro Football Weekly

2005 Football All-Americans



QB Vince Young, Texas, Jr.

FB Brian Leonard, Rutgers, Jr.

RB Reggie Bush, USC, Jr.

RB Laurence Maroney, Minnesota, Jr.

TE Vernon Davis, Maryland, Jr.

WR Calvin Johnson, Georgia Tech, So.

WR Jeff Samardzija, Notre Dame, Jr.

C Nick Mangold, Ohio State, Sr.

OG Davin Joseph, Oklahoma, Sr.

OG Max Jean-Gilles, Georgia, Sr.

OT D'Brickashaw Ferguson, Virginia, Sr.

OT Joe Thomas, Wisconsin, Jr.


DE Kamerion Wimbley,  Florida State, Sr.

DE Mario Williams, North Carolina State, Jr.

DT Brodrick Bunkley, Florida State, Sr.

DT Kyle Williams, LSU, Sr.

ILB Patrick Willis, Mississippi, Jr.

OLB A.J. Hawk, Ohio State, Sr.

OLB Chad Greenway, Iowa, Sr.

CB Kelly Jennings, Miami (Fla.), Sr.

CB Alan Zemaitis, Penn State, Sr.

FS Michael Huff, Texas, Sr.

SS Donte Whitner, Ohio State, Jr.


PK Mason Crosby, Colorado, Jr.

P Danny Baugher, Arizona, Sr.

KR Cory Rodgers, Texas Christian, Jr.

PR Maurice Drew, UCLA, Jr.


Joe Paterno, Penn State


Honorable Mention:

QB - Matt Leinart, USC, Sr.; Jay Cutler, Vanderbilt, Sr.; JaMarcus Russell, LSU, So.; Brady Quinn, Notre Dame, Jr.; Drew Stanton, Michigan State, Jr.; Michael Robinson, Penn State, Sr.; Darrell Hackney, UAB, Sr.

FB - David Kirtman, USC, Sr.

RB - LenDale White, USC, Jr.; Darren McFadden, Arkansas, Fr.; DeAngelo Williams, Memphis, Sr.; Brian Calhoun, Wisconsin, Jr.; Tyrell Sutton, Northwestern, Fr.

TE - Joe Klopfenstein, Colorado, Sr.; Marcedes Lewis, UCLA, Sr.; Garrett Mills, Tulsa, Sr.; Leonard Pope, Georgia, Jr.

WR - Dwayne Jarrett, USC, So.; Demetrius Williams, Oregon, Sr.; Mike Hass, Oregon State, Sr.; Greg Jennings, Western Michigan, Sr.; Maurice Stovall, Notre Dame, Sr.; Sinorice Moss, Miami (Fla.), Sr.; Sidney Rice, South Carolina, Fr.; Chad Jackson, Florida, Jr.

C - Kyle Young, Fresno State, Jr.; Chris Chester, Oklahoma, Sr.; Anthony Wollschlager, Miami (Fla.); Jr.; Leroy Harris, North Carolina St., Jr.

OG - Taituisi "Deuce" Lutui, USC, Sr.; Fred Matua, USC, Jr.; Will Allen, Texas, Sr.

OT - Jonathan Scott, Texas, Sr.; Justin Blaylock, Texas, Jr.; Marcus McNeil, Auburn, Sr.; Eric Winston, Miami (Fla.), Sr.; Rashad Butler, Miami (Fla.).

DE - Tim Crowder, Texas, Jr.; Quentin Moses, Georgia, Jr.; Tamba Hali, Penn State, Sr.; Manny Lawson, North Carolina State, Sr.; Gaines Adams, Clemson, Jr.; Mathias Kiwanuka, Boston College, Sr.; Parys Haralson, Tennessee, Sr.; Elvis Dumervil, Louisville, Sr.; Dan Bazuin, Central Michigan, Jr.

DT  - Haloti Ngata, Oregon, Jr.; Claude Wroten, LSU, Sr.; Marcus Thomas, Florida, Jr.

LB  - D'Qwell Jackson, Maryland, Sr.; DeMeco Ryans, Alabama, Sr.; Paul Posluszny,

Penn State, Jr.; Brandon Siler, Florida, So.; Bobby Carpenter, Ohio State, Sr.

CB - Richard Marshall, Fresno State, Jr.; Leon Hall, Michigan, Jr.; Jimmy Williams, Virginia Tech, Sr.; Cedric Griffin, Texas, Sr.; Tye Hill, Clemson, Sr.; Tim Jennings, Georgia.

S - Bernard Pollard, Purdue, Jr.; LaRon Landry, LSU, Jr.; Darnell Bing, USC, Jr.; Ko Simpson, South Carolina, So.; Roman Harper, Alabama, Sr.; Brandon Meriweather, Miami (Fla.), Jr.; Kenny Phillips, Miami (Fla.), Fr.; Tom Zbikowski, Notre Dame, So.

PK - Josh Huston, Ohio State, Sr.; Alexis Serna, Oregon State, So.

KR -Ted Ginn Jr., Ohio State, So.

PR  -Tom Zbikowski, Notre Dame, So.; Brandon Williams, Wisconsin, Sr.; Aaron

Ross, Texas, Jr.; Devin Hester, Miami (Fla.), Jr.

P  -Ryan Plackemeier, Wake Forest, Sr.; John Torp, Colorado, Sr.

HEAD COACH - Charlie Weis, Notre Dame; Karl Dorrell, UCLA; Rich Rodriguez, West Virginia;

Gary Patterson, Texas Christian; Mack Brown, Texas; Pete Carroll, USC; Mike

Shula, Alabama; Mike Bellotti, Oregon.



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