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    Fitts Named Ray Guy Award Candidate
    Junior Steve Fitts has been recognized as one of the top punters in college football.

    Junior Steve Fitts has been recognized as one of the top punters in college football.

    Aug. 30, 2000

    University of Illinois football punter Steve Fitts has been named as a candidate for the 2000 Ray Guy Award, as announced by the Greater Augusta Sports Council.

    The Ray Guy Award, which honors the nation's top collegiate punter, announced its preliminary list of 32 candidates Tuesday afternoon. Fitts, who has led the Illini's nationally ranked special teams unit for the past two years, becomes part of the inaugural class for the award named for one of the greatest punters of all time. Guy attended the University of Southern Mississippi and then was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the first round of the 1973 NFL draft.

    Fitts was named an honorable mention All-Big Ten selection in 1999 after averaging 42.3 yards per punt and tallying over 2,700 yards. He placed 15 of his 65 punts inside the 20 yardline and avoided a block in those attempts. Fitts ranks first on the Illinois' all-time average list and eighth for career punts and yards.

    The Greater Augusta Sports Council will present the Ray Guy Award in December at a combined awards dinner with the Greater Augusta Medal For Excellence in Sports Awards for high school students.

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