TUESDAY, DECEMBER 07, 2004
Football's Ryan Feely Earns Division I-AA Mid-Major All-America Honors
Dec. 7, 2004
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Jacksonville University junior punter/place kicker Ryan Feely (Odessa, Fla.) has been selected Division I-AA Mid-Major First-Team All-America by The Sports Network, it was announced today. Feely, the younger brother of Atlanta Falcons kicker Jay Feely, also earned First-Team All-Pioneer Football League honors after leading the league in punting. A total of 13 players from the PFL earned All-America honors.
Feely not only led the PFL, but ranked 18th in Division I-AA in punting with a 40.9 yard average, including 14 punts inside the opponents' 20-yard line and eight fair catches. He also booted 10 punts of 50-or-more yards during the season, including a school-record-tying 69-yarder. Feely connected on 19-of-21 point-after attempts and nailed five field goals, including a pair of career-long 38-yarders.
One of Feely's biggest contributions in 2004 was on kickoffs, where he averaged 61.6 yards per kick and forced 12 touchbacks. Feely, who transferred to JU following three seasons at UCF, was slated to be the Dolphins' place kicker but assumed the punting duties, as well, when All-America punter Ryan Long did not return to school.
Feely becomes only the ninth player in school history to earn All-America honors, joining Justin Yowell (1998), Brett Palmi (2000), Tommy Swindell (2000), Brent Alexander (2001), Tyrone Wright (2000), Jon Turner (2002), Emmett Hunter (2003) and Ryan Long (2003).