Thursday, July 07, 2016

UConn's Puyol and Wain on national watch lists

UConn senior Bobby Puyol is one of candidates on the watch list for the Lou Groza Award, annually presented to the nation's best kicker while Justin Wain is one of the 28 punters on the Ray Guy Award watch list.

UConn joins Alabama, Arizona State, Idaho, Miami (Fla.), Nebraska and Oklahoma as the only programs with candidates for both the Lou Groza and Ray Guy Awards.

Puyol was 16 for 18 on field goals as a junior with one of the misses from 49 yards. He booted a career-long 52 yarder in the St. Petersburg Bowl loss to Marshall. He ranks eighth in program history with 26 field goals and needs 10 FGs to move into the top three.  He needs 44 points to move into the top 10 on UConn's career scoring list.

Puyol, a Groza semifinalist as a junior, is also a decorated student-athlete and was honored for his work in the classroom and in the community when he was named the winner of the Don Ruck Award, an honor open to all UConn student-athletes and which recognizes commitment to community service and leadership.

Wain, who multiple times has attained a 4.0 grade-point average at UConn, averaged 38.2 yards per punt as a junior. He averaged a season-high 44 yards per punt in the season opener against Villanova and averaged 43 yards per kick in the bowl game. His most impressive statistic might be the 13 returned punts considering that the Huskies allowed an average of 29.8 punts to be returned in the previous five seasons. UConn allowed only 71 punt return yards in 13 games which ranked 22nd nationally.

Semifinalists for the Groza Award will be announced on Nov. 3 with the Ray Guy Award semifinalists being revealed on Nov. 11. Finalists for both awards will be announced on Nov. 22 with the winners being honored on Dec. 8 at the College Football Awards airing live on ESPN.

Puyol and Waine join Jamar Summers (Bednarik Award) and Ryan Crozier (Rimington Trophy) are UConn players named to national watch lists with six of the 16 national watch lists having been released.

UConn announced that ticket mini-plans are now on sale for the 2016 UConn football season.

There are options for three-game plans starting at $72 with fans able to choose to attend either the Virginia or Syracuse games and then two games between Maine, Cincinnati, Central Florida, Temple and Tulane.

Prices start at $86 for a four-game plan with fans able to choose any of the four home games.

For more information, call 877-AT-UCONN or visit

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