TUESDAY, JANUARY 11, 2005
Football's Ryan Feely Earns More All-America Honors
Jan. 11, 2005
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Jacksonville University junior punter/place kicker Ryan Feely (Odessa, Fla.) has been selected Division I-AA Mid-Major Second-Team All-America by CollegeSportsReport.com, it was announced today. Feely, the younger brother of Atlanta Falcons kicker Jay Feely, also earned I-AA Mid-Major First-Team All-America honors by The Sports Network and First-Team All-Pioneer Football League honors after leading the league in punting during his first season at JU. In addition, sophomore offensive tackle Pat Rich (Sarasota, Fla.) and senior defensive back Drew Stafford (Rockville, Md.) both earned Special Mention All-America honors from CollegeSportsReport.com.
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.
Rich had a key role in the Dolphins' success in the rushing attack as JU ran for 180.8 yards per game, which ranked fourth in the PFL. His run blocking was a key in running back Jerry Brant's breakout sophomore season in which he averaged 80.2 yards per game on the ground. The Dolphins averaged 321.6 yards of total offense per game. Defensively, Stafford was second on the team and seventh in the PFL with 86 tackles (8.6/game) in his first season as a starter, while tying for the team lead with two interceptions.
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).