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Two Football Student-Athletes Receive Honors

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Release: November 11, 2011
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Two members of the Ball State football team -- Scott Kovanda and Briggs Orsbon -- have received honors for their performances on and off the football field.

Kovanda has been named one of 10 semifinalists for the Ray Guy Award, which recognizes the most outstanding punter in college football.  Orsbon has been selected to the Capital One Academic All-District 5 Team, which is selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Kovanda has punted 51 times for 2,203 yards and a 43.2 average this season.  He owns a career long punt of 67 yards punt, which he accomplished at Ohio Oct. 15.  Kovanda punted a career high 10 times for a career best 424 yards at the nation's top-ranked Oklahoma earlier this season.  On 51 punts this season, Kovanda has forced opponents to start inside the 20-yard line 16 times.  He ranks 24th in the nation in net punting and has helped Ball State to a ranking of 20th in the country in net punting.

A national voting body of Football Bowl Subdivision coaches, sports information directors, national media and former Ray Guy Award winners will decide the three award finalists, who will be announced November 21.  Voters will then cast a second round of ballots to decide the winner, and the presentation of the Ray Guy Award will be featured on The Home Depot College Football Awards live Dec. 8.

Kovanda is joined on the semifinalists list by Ryan Allen (Louisiana Tech), Ian Campbell (UTEP), Steven Clark (Auburn), Bobby Cowan (Idaho), Richie Leone (Houston), Pat O'Donnell (Cincinnati), Jackson Rice (Oregon), Brian Schmiedebusch (Bowling Green) and Brad Wing (LSU).

Orsbon, a 4.0 student on Ball State's 4.0 scale as a risk management and finance major, will now appear on the Capital One Academic All-America ballot and that team will be announced Dec. 8.

This marks the second straight year Orsbon has been named to the Academic All-District team, and he is a two-time Academic All-Mid-American Conference selection heading into this season.

Orsbon has 52 receptions for 498 yards with four touchdowns this season.  He leads the Cardinals in catches, receiving yards, touchdown receptions and receiving yards per game.  With his 103 receiving yards at Western Michigan this year, Orsbon became only the sixth player in school history to post over 2,000 receiving yards in a career.  His 2,067 career receiving yards rank sixth in Ball State history, while his 11 career TD catches is 11th on Ball State's all-time charts.  With 199 career receptions, Orsbon is tied for second all-time at Ball State with Dante Love (2005-08) and he needs 40 catches to become the all-time leader.

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