Dec. 8, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State senior Shawn Powell has been selected to the Walter Camp Football Foundation All-America team as the first team punter. Powell learned of his selection while attending Thursday night’s ESPN College Football Awards Show in Orlando, when the nation’s oldest All-America team was unveiled.
It is the second time in four days that Florida State’s school record holder for career punting average (44.01) has earned first team All-America honors. On Monday the Rome, Ga. native was named to the American Football Coaches Association All-America team.
This marks the 122nd year that the Walter Camp Football Foundation has selected an All-America team, which is voted on by the head coaches and sports information directors from the 120 Football Bowl Subdivision schools.
A first team All-ACC selection, Powell leads in the nation in overall punting (47.0) and net punting (42.0); the first punter since 2005 to claim that distinction since Wake Forest’s Ryan Plackemeier, who went on to win the Ray Guy Award.
In his third full season as the starter, Powell has recorded 21 punts of 50 or more yards, including his career-best 69-yarder against Oklahoma, this season. He has seven punts of 60 or more yards, pushing his career total to 11. Of his 49 punts, 21 have been downed inside the opponents’ 20-yard line, including 12 inside the 10. In all, 63 percent of his punts have gone unreturned.
Powell’s ability to pin opposing offenses deep in their own territory has been a significant contributing factor to the Seminoles’ sixth-ranked defense.
Over the course of the season, Powell racked up three ACC Specialist of the Week honors; the most by any player in that category. He is also the first Seminole in 20 years of ACC membership to be selected for first team honors, after leading the league in net and overall punting for a second consecutive season.
The last Seminole punter to earn first-team All-America honors from any organization was Rohn Stark, who was a consensus selection in 1981 and went on to enjoy a long NFL career.
Powell, who also handles all of the placement kick holding duties for the Seminoles, was in Orlando Thursday night as a guest of kicker Dustin Hopkins, who is a finalist for the Lou Groza Award.