Ryan Donahue Named Ray Guy Semifinalist

Nov. 12, 2010

IOWA CITY, Iowa – University of Iowa senior punter Ryan Donahue has been named a semifinalist for the Ray Guy Award, which goes annually to the nation’s top collegiate punter. The announcement came today by the Award’s sponsoring body, The Augusta Sports Council.

Donahue joins nine other collegiate punters on the semifinal list. It’s the second time (2008) he has made the Ray Guy Award semifinals.

Donahue is a 6-3, 190-pound senior from Evergreen Park, IL. He is averaging 45 yards on 36 punts this season. He has booted four of the 13 longest punts in Hawkeye history, including a school second best 82-yarder as a freshman. He has three other punts over 70 yards during his Iowa career. He has been Iowa’s starting punter the last four years.

He was an honorable mention all Big Ten selection last year and as a freshman. He made the second all-league team as a sophomore. He has averaged over 40 yards per punt all four years as a Hawkeye. He has had 16 of his 36 punts downed inside the 20 this season. He was named national Punter of the Week for his efforts in Iowa’s game with Wisconsin. Opponents average just four yards on 17 returns.

Donahue and the Hawkeyes are on the road to face Northwestern Saturday at 11 a.m. on ESPN. Iowa concludes its home campaign with a 2:30 p.m. game against nationally ranked Ohio State next week.