ECU punter on awards watch list
AUGUSTA, Ga. East Carolina senior punter Worth Gregory is one of 27 players named to the Ray Guy Award Watch List, according to an announcement Thursday by the Augusta Sports Council.
The Ray Guy Award is presented annually to the nation’s best collegiate punter.
The Fort Mill, S.C., native ranked among the American Athletic Conference’s top punters with a 43.1 average in 2015. He covered 2,583 yards on 60 boots and established an ECU single-season record as a junior by landing 32 punts inside the 20-yard line. Gregory enjoyed a run of eight-straight drops inside the 20 in contests against Virginia Tech, SMU and BYU a year ago. In all, 11 of his kicks eclipsed the 50-yard mark, including two that traveled 70 or more yards.
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Gregory, a three-time Ray Guy Award Watch List member since becoming the Pirates’ top punter in 2014, owns a career average of 43.3 yards per boot and has planted a total of 51 inside the 20-yard line.
The complete list of candidates will be released on October 28 before 10 semi-finalists and three finalists are selected on November 11 and November 22, respectively. The winner will be announced live during The Home Depot College Football Awards airing on ESPN on Thursday, December 8.
UNC: When No. 13 Georgia and No. 19 North Carolina meet for the first time in more than 40 years in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, it will be in front of a sold-out crowd. Peach Bowl Inc. and university officials on Thursday announced that both teams have sold through their allotments and that no tickets remain for public sale. The Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game is the first opening weekend neutral-site game to sell out this year.
Campbell: On Friday, the Fighting Camels will take over the David Glenn Show for “Campbell Day” as part of the “2016 Voices of North Carolina Tour.” Head football coach Mike Minter and “Voice of the Fighting Camels” Chris Hemeyer will co-host the show, which airs from noon to 3 p.m. on 14 stations across North Carolina.
Duke: Junior Lisa Maguire helped lead her Ulster squad to a comeback victory Thursday to win the 2016 Ladies Interprovincial Championship for the second straight year at the Slieve Russell Golf Club in Cavan, Ireland.
UNC: An all-time high 356 student-athletes have been named to the 2015-16 Atlantic Coast Conference Academic Honor Roll, announced Thursday by the league. The previous high was 347 Tar Heels honored in 2013-14. The ACC Academic Honor Roll recognizes student-athletes who participated in a varsity-level sport and registered a grade point average of 3.0 or better for the full academic year.
Duke: For the 28th time out of the last 29 years, Duke University led all ACC schools with 480 selections on the annual Honor Roll released Thursday by Commissioner John Swofford.
N.C. State: The school had 256 student-athletes named to the 2015-16 Atlantic Coast Conference Honor Roll, announced Thursday by the league office.
Wake Forest: The 60th annual Atlantic Coast Conference Honor Roll was announced Thursday, with 201 Demon Deacons recognized, more than last year’s total of 183.
Swimming and Diving
Duke: Head coach Dan Colella has announced the addition of Melanie Klaren to the program. The former Cal captain joins the Blue Devils staff as a volunteer assistant coach.
Duke: Several Blue Devils posted strong showings this past week at the 2016 USA Fencing National Championships in Dallas, highlighted by top-15 finishes from incoming freshmen Eoin Gronningsater, Caitie Buteau and Lindsay Sapienza as well as junior Haley Fisher in their respective events.
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