Allen and Reid on All-American squad
Louisiana Tech punter Ryan Allen, a Ray Guy Award finalist and the 2011 Ray Guy Award winner, and LSU safety Eric Reid have been named to the 2012 AFCA FBS Coaches’ All-America Team, the American Football Coaches Association Announced on Wednesday.
Allen leads the nation in punting this season with an average of 48.04 yards per punt and leads the nation in net punting with a net punting average of 43.51.
He booted the longest punt this season of any punter in the country with an 85-yard kick at New Mexico State.
More than 44 percent of his punts this season have landed inside the 20, and more than 46 percent of his punts have gone more than 50 yards.
This is the second consecutive year Allen has received All-America honors but the first from the AFCA. Blue Ribbon and the Walter Camp Football Foundation bestowed All-America honors on Tech’s punter last season.
Allen will be at the ESPN College Football Awards Show in Orlando, Fla., on Dec. 6 where he will find out on national television if he will win the Ray Guy Award for the second consecutive year.
Reid, a junior from Geismar, is one of eight players from the Southeastern Conference, including six defenders, named to the squad. Reid’s selection marks the seventh time in eight years under head coach Les Miles that the Tigers have had a player named to first-team All-America. He’s also the 18th player to earn All-America honors under Miles.
Reid started all 12 games at safety for the Tigers, helping LSU to a 10-2 overall mark and a current Top 10 national ranking. He’s third on the team with 81 tackles to go along with two interceptions and six pass breakups.
As a unit, LSU’s defense ranks ninth in the nation in total defense and 11th in scoring defense. The Tigers are also ninth in the country and second in the SEC in interceptions with 18.
The AFCA has selected an All-America team since 1945 and currently selects teams in all five of its divisions. The teams are chosen by the coaches.