Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

AROUND THE NATION; JU Punter Receives I-AA Honor

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

AROUND THE NATION; JU Punter Receives I-AA Honor

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Jacksonville University senior punter Ryan Feely was chosen Tuesday to The Sports Network Division I-AA All-America team.

Feely, who was recently selected to the ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District team and earned first team All-Pioneer Football League honors for the second consecutive year, led the PFL and ranked sixth nationally in punting, averaging 42.8 yards.

Feely set a school record with a 70-yard punt, had 11 punts of more than 50 yards, 10 punts downed inside the 20-yard line. He averaged at least 40 yards in seven of his last eight games and had at least one 50-yard punt in seven games.

"Ryan is going to be one of the hardest players for us to replace because of his versatility as a punter, place kicker and kickoff specialist," JU coach Steve Gilbert said. "I am sure more accolades will continue to pour in as the year goes on and hopefully that will give him a better chance to compete at the next level."

UAB'S BROWN GIVES UP ATHLETIC DIRECTOR DUTIES

UAB coach Watson Brown is relinquishing his duties as athletic director.

University president Carol Z. Garrison said that she and Brown decided "football needed his undivided attention" after he had served more than three years in a dual role.

"This allows Watson to focus solely on recruiting, evaluating where the football program stands and putting into place the elements necessary for a successful season next year," Garrison said.

Richard Margison, UAB's vice president for finance and administration, will take over the responsibilities of running the athletic department on an interim basis.

The Blazers, who made their first bowl game in 2004, had expected to contend for another this season. They finished 5-6 in Brown's 11th season as head coach.

MOUNTAINEERS' MOZES CITED FOR LOUD PARTY

West Virginia center Dan Mozes was cited by Morgantown police for celebrating the Mountaineers' first Big East championship in 12 years too loudly. …

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