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Louisiana Tech P Ryan Allen Wins 2012 Ray Guy Award

Nov 12, 2011; Oxford, MS, USA; Louisiana Tech Bulldogs punter Ryan Allen (86) punts during the game against the Mississippi Rebels at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. Louisiana Tech defeated Mississippi 27-7. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-US PRESSWIRE
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Ian HanfordFeatured ColumnistDecember 7, 2012

Louisiana Tech punter Ryan Allen wasn't satisfied with winning the 2011 Ray Guy Award as the nation's best punter. 

He had to win another, and he did. Allen was awarded the 2012 Ray Guy Award on Thursday, beating out Florida's Kyle Christy and Ball State's Scott Kovanda to take home the honor.

CBS Sports' Eye on College Football reported the news on Dec. 6 (via Twitter):

The Ray Guy Award for Best Punter goes to Louisiana Tech's Ryan Allen.

— Eye on College FBall (@EyeOnCFB) December 7, 2012

According to Louisiana Tech's website, Allen set the record for average yards per punt in a season entering this year at 46.1 yards per try. He was able to break that mark this year.

Thumping the ball 48 yards per try is impressive. His past reputation probably helped him earn this year's award, but that doesn't take away from what he did this time around. As impressive as last year's record was, breaking it is even more noteworthy.

Out of 45 punts this year, only six were sent into the end zone as touchbacks. Combining accuracy and hang time isn't easy, but he's perfected the art.

Allen averaged over 50 yards per punt four times this season, peaking against Texas San-Antonio with an average of 62 yards.

Christy and Kovanda were both quality candidates as well. Christy averaged 46.1 yards per try, while Kovanda slammed the ball 40.2 yards per attempt. Both players played an important role for their teams but couldn't quite bring home the hardware.

Winning any award twice isn't easy. Punters don't always receive national attention, but Allen has proved himself as the nation's best for two consecutive seasons.

Adding this trophy only solidifies that fact.

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