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Danny Baugher Named a Finalist For 2005 Ray Guy Award
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 11/23/2005
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TUCSON, Ariz. ?- Arizona senior Danny Baugher (pronounced Bog-Ger) has been named one of three finalist for the 2005 Ray Guy Award presented to the nation’s top punter, the Greater Augusta Sports Council announced on Tuesday. Baugher is joined on the finalist list by Colorado’s John Torp and Wake Forest’s Ryan Plackemeier.

 

            Baugher completed his final season at Arizona with 37 punts for 1,758 yards and led the nation with a 47.5 yards per kick average. He had a career-best 76-yard punt against Purdue on Sept. 17, saw 15 of 37 punts travel over 50 yards, had only 14 of 37 total kicks returned, placed 11 kicks inside the opposition’s 20-yard line and had seven of his kicks fair caught. With Baugher at punter, Arizona posted 35.9 team net punting average.

 

The career punts leader at Arizona with 225 kicks, Baugher broke a pair of Pac-10 and school records in 2005 while also repeatedly upping his career-long kick.

 

On Sept. 10 against Northern Arizona, he averaged 59.7 yards per punt, snapping the previous conference (58.0/kick, Kirk Wilson, UCLA vs. Kansas, 1956) and school records (54.9/kick, Sergio Vega, vs. UCLA, 1980) for a single game.

 

A week later, on Sept. 17, he had a career day against No. 11 Purdue, launching seven punts for 403 yards, including a career-long kick of 76 yards and other punts of 68, 63, 61 and 51 yards. The effort against the Boilermakers ended up producing a 57.6 team average, the highest team single game mark in Pac-10 (55.6/kick, Cal vs. USC, 1987) and school (54.9/kick, vs. UCLA, 1980) history (min. 5 kicks).

 

In Los Angeles against No. 1 USC on Oct. 8, Baugher kicked six times and placed four punts inside the USC 12-yard line, including a pair inside the five, and finished with a 46-yard average to help move Arizona as a team to No. 3 in the nation in net punting at the time. The effort held Heisman Trophy candidate Reggie Bush without a single return yard in the contest (two punts were downed, one was angled out of bounds and three others were fair caught).

 

Kicking six times against Stanford on Oct. 15, Baugher placed two punts inside the Stanford 20-yard line, did not allow a kick to be returned and finished with 282 yards punting and a 47-yard net average to help boost Arizona to the top spot in the NCAA rankings in team net punting at the time.

 

            Baugher, who recently underwent surgery in San Diego, Calif., to repair his right knee, was injured in Arizona’s 28-21 loss to Oregon on Oct. 22 after returning a blocked kick 39 yards.

 

Danny Baugher 2005 Game-By-Game Stats

Date Opponent No Yds Avg Long Blkd TB FC 50+ I20
9/2/2005 at Utah 6 255 42.5 52 0 2 0 2 2
9/10/2005 NORTHERN ARIZONA 2 119 59.5 64 0 1 0 2 0
9/17/2005 PURDUE 7 403 57.6 76 0 3 1 5 2
10/1/2005 at California 6 254 42.3 50 0 0 1 1 1
10/8/2005 at USC 6 276 46 54 0 0 2 3 4
10/15/2005 STANFORD 6 282 47 60 0 0 2 2 2
10/22/2005 OREGON 4 169 42.2 48 0 2 1 0 0
Totals 37 1758 47.5 76 0 8 7 15 11

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