Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Another Kansas University football player has his name on a national award watch list.
The latest Jayhawk to welcome preseason expectations is senior punter Trevor Pardula, named by the Augusta Sports Council as one of 25 players on the initial 2014 Ray Guy Award watch list.
Named for football's premier punter, the Ray Guy Award is presented to the nation's best collegiate punter live each year on The Home Depot College Football Awards, broadcast on ESPN. The winner is selected by the national voting body of Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) coaches, sports information directors, national media and former Ray Guy Award winners.
Pardula, a native of San Jose, California, earned honorable mention All-Big 12 honors in 2013 after booting 24 punts of more than 50 yards, including a career-best 78-yard punt. He averaged 43.7 yards per kick, placed 25 punts inside the 20-yard line and concluded the year atop the KU record books in punts in a season (84) and single-season punting yards (3,668).
In 2013, Pardula was named to Phil Steele's Midseason All-America Team, and earned national recognition for his performance in KU's win over Louisiana Tech, as he was named the Ray Guy Award and Big 12 Special Teams player of the week, and College Football Performance Awards punter of the week.
KU's 2014 season begins Sept. 6, when the Jayhawks play host to Southeast Missouri State at Memorial Stadium.