Dec. 8, 2011
Walter Camp All-American
ORLANDO, Fla. (Dec. 8, 2011) - The Walter Camp Football Foundation has named Louisiana Tech punter Ryan Allen to its All-America second team the organization announced at the Home Depot College Football Awards show Thursday.
Allen is the 52nd player in school history to be named to an All-America team and the first punter to receive such an honor. The last Louisiana Tech special teams player to receive All-America honors was kicker Josh Scobee (2001) while the only other special teams player to receive such an honor was Marty Kent (1996).
The redshirt junior was present for the announcement in Orlando while attending the Home Depot College Football Awards show televised on ESPN as a finalist for the Ray Guy Award.
Allen becomes the 52nd player to be named All-America from Louisiana Tech. The last time a LA Tech player received such an honor was tight end Dennis Morris in 2009. He is the sixth Bulldog player to be named All-American since the turn of the century.
A native of Salem, Ore., Allen finished the regular season ranked first in the nation in punts inside the 20 (37) and punts inside the 10 (20) and third in punting average (46.31 yards per punt). He has 29 punts of over 50 yards this season and four of his punts rank in the top 10 in school history. Allen has had only five touchbacks in his 78 total punts and of the 26 punts to be returned by other teams, 11 have been returned for one, zero or negative yards.
Allen returns to Ruston on Friday in time for Louisiana Tech's fifth of 10 practices on campus in preparation for the team's San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl game against No. 15 TCU.
The 2011 Poinsettia Bowl will be televised on ESPN and will be the only bowl game taking place on Dec. 21. Joe Tessitore (play-by-play) will call the action along with Lou Holtz (analyst), Mark May (analyst) and Samantha Steele (sidelines). In addition, ESPN Radio will carry the game nationally with Bill Rosinksi (play-by-play) calling the action along with David Norrie (analyst) and Joe Schad (analyst).
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