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Thursday, July 12, 2012

KU punter Doherty added to watch list

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For the second time this week, a member of the Kansas University football program landed on a national watch list for the annual college football awards handed out at the end of every season.

Junior punter Ron Doherty on Wednesday became one of 25 punters named to the Ray Guy Award Preseason watch list, joining senior tight end Mike Ragone, who on Tuesday, was named to the Mackey Award watch list, given each year to the nation’s top tight end.

Doherty, a 5-foot-11, 215-pound kicker from Klein, Texas, finished the 2011 season third in the Big 12 and 27th in the country with a 42.8-yard punting average. He had 13 punts of 50 yards or more during the 2011 season and dropped 15 of his punts inside the opponent’s 20-yard line.

In his first full season as the team’s punter, Doherty earned All-Big 12 honorable mention from the Associated Press, as well as the conference’s coaches.

Doherty was listed as the team’s No. 1 punter on KU’s spring depth chart and also is in the running for KU’s starting place-kicker duties. KU coach Charlie Weis said this summer that, regardless of how the races for playing time play out, Doherty definitely would be used in at least one of the three kicking areas — punts, kickoffs and field goals.

KU’s next depth chart is slated for release on Aug. 1, and the season opener is scheduled for Sept. 1 against South Dakota State.

Comments

Ralster Jayhawk 2 years, 3 months ago

Man, did he get a lot of practice the last 2 yrs or what!

april28 2 years, 3 months ago

Probably has the most total yardage punting in the history of the NCAA.

Bangkok_Jayhawk 2 years, 3 months ago

Great job Ron! In life, there are very few "Watch Lists" that you want to be associated with. This is definitely one of them!

nuleafjhawk 2 years, 3 months ago

Congrats Ron.

However - I'd just as soon never see you (or any other punter) on the field this year.

John Boyle 2 years, 3 months ago

We will probably turn the ball over before we get a chance to punt!

Just kidding! A little early morning humor. By the way I love your avator.

Vernon Riggs 2 years, 3 months ago

Maybe he can kick extra points and field goals too.

jhawkrulz 2 years, 3 months ago

5'11" and 215, I think he could take some of our WRs.

That's a big guy for a punter.

Andy Tweedy 2 years, 3 months ago

He's built a little like Sam Kock, the hard hitting punter for the Ravens! That is one dude who doesn't mind making a tackle on the punt coverage.

chalky 2 years, 3 months ago

If you punt from your own twenty most of the game,and air it out every forth down, while the other team's punter is generally trying to nail coffin corner kicks from the forty, you get put on the Ray Guy watch list..

David Leathers 2 years, 3 months ago

Not necessarily. A high number of punts downed inside the 20 is more preferable than average distance.

Eric Mitchell 2 years, 3 months ago

Any word on where Alex Mueller transferred to? On his Rivals profile he drew interest from some good programs.

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