Bryan, Stonehouse named to preseason watch lists

A pair of Colorado State football specialists are garnering national attention, as both senior kicker Wyatt Bryan and sophomore punter Ryan Stonehouse were named to national watch lists for college football awards on Wednesday.

One year after being a semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award, which is annually presented to the top kicker in football, Bryan was named to the 2018 Lou Groza Award watch list. Stonehouse was named to the Ray Guy Award watch list, which is awarded to the nation's best punter. In 2015, former CSU punter Hayden Hunt was a finalist for the prestigious award. 

Both CSU specialists are coming off extremely successful 2017 seasons and will look to repeat their efforts this season. 

Bryan was 15-of-18 on field goal attempts last season, including 2-of-2 from 50 yards or more. The veteran kicker enters the 2018 season No. 2 in career points scored (275).  Bryan is also tied with Jared Roberts (2011-14) for the highest career field-goal percentage (77.8 percent) in school history. 

Stonehouse totaled 46 punts in 2017, ranking fifth in the FBS with an average of 45.9 yards per-punt. As a true freshman, Stonehouse pinned 24 punts inside the 20-yard line and had 18 punts of at least 50 yards. Stonehouse was ultimately added to the Ray Guy Award midway through the season. 

On Tuesday, Stonehouse was the lone Ram named to the preseason All-Mountain West squad. 

Colorado State 2018 Watch List honorees (as of July 25)

Izzy Matthews – Doak Walker Award (nation’s top collegiate running back)

Adam Prentice – Allstate Good Works Team nominee

Cameron Butler – John Mackey Award (nation’s most outstanding tight end)

Wyatt Bryan – Lou Groza Award (nation’s top collegiate placekicker)

Ryan Stonehouse – Ray Guy Award (nation’s top collegiate punter)


PHOTO: Jack Starkebaum | Rocky Mountain Collegian