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Chas Henry on Urban Meyer ‘I didn’t see it coming’ | VIDEO

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Urban Meyer’s sudden decision to leave the Florida football program stunned a lot of people butnone so as Gators punter Chas Henry.

Chas Henry said he didn't foresee Urban Meyer resigning.

Chas Henry

Henry, who was at Disney Wednesday as part of the Home Depot College Football Awards show which the senior is up for the Ray Guy Award, talked to media about his coach and his thoughts on Meyer’s departure.

Henry: “It’s a family decision. I have complete understanding and respect for it. You have to take care of yourself and take care of your family.”

Henry: “This year he was a lot more relaxed a lot more like he was kind of getting back into it again. I was very shocked. I did not see this coming at all. Last year, I could kind of see it. He looks a little drained He doesn’t look like himself. Like the Urban Meyer who recruited me four years ago.”


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VIDEO: Florida’s Chas Henry talks about Urban Meyer

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Urban Meyer’s sudden decision to leave the Florida football program stunned a lot of people but none so as Gators punter Chas Henry.

Henry, who was at Disney Wednesday as part of the Home Depot College Football Awards show which the senior is up for the Ray Guy Award, talked to media about his coach and his thoughts on Meyer’s departure.

Henry: “It’s a family decision. I have complete understanding and respect for it. You have to take care of yourself and take care of your family.”

Henry: “This year he was a lot more relaxed a lot more like he was kind of getting back into it again. I was very shocked. I did not see this coming at all. Last year, I could kind of see it. He looks a little drained He doesn’t look like himself. Like the Urban Meyer who recruited me four years ago.”


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Punter Chas Henry excited to be among Ray Guy Award finalists

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Last year for Christmas, Florida punter Chas Henry got a Ray Guy rookie card as a gift from one of his mom’s co-workers.

Since then, the joke has been that if the Florida senior wins the Ray Guy Award, given to the nation’s top punter, he’d have to get Guy to sign it.

Henry might have to get that card out of its frame in his family’s Dallas, Ga. home. He was named a finalist for the award for a second year in a row on Monday, putting him in the running with Georgia’s Drew Butler, who won it last year, and Iowa’s Ryan Donahue for the award.

“It means everything to him,” said Henry’s father, David, on Monday afternoon. “If you’re a punter, you don’t win the Heisman (Trophy). This the Heisman for punters.”

Henry leads the country with a 47.3-yard average on punts this year. That has helped the Gators (7-4, 4-4 SEC) rank first nationall in net punting with 42.24 yards per punt.

Florida has not had a Ray Guy Award winner since it was created in 2000.

“It’s a great honor, and it’s even a bigger honor, I guess, to be named twice,” David Henry said.

A national voting body of Football Bowl Subdivision coaches, sports information directors, national media and former Ray Guy Award winners voted on the finalists and will cast a second round of ballots to decide the winner.

The award will be presented on The Home Depot College Football Awards live on Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. on ESPN.


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Florida punter Chas Henry named Ray Guy Award semifinalist

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Florida's Chas Henry has posted the nation's best punting average while taking on kicking duties much of this season. (Orlando Sentinel photo)

In addition to Chas Henry’s added kicking duties this year, the Florida punter has continued to be one of the best in the country at his position.

Henry was named a semifinalist for the Ray Guy Award on Friday, the third time he’s been in the running for the country’s top award for punting. His 48.18-yard average per punt ranks first nationally. Twelve of his 33 punts have landed inside the 20-yard line and only 10 have been returned.

Henry has also been the team’s kicker since the beginning of October as Caleb Sturgis has been out with a hairline fracture in his vertebrae. He kicked the game-winning field goal in a 34-31 overtime win over Georgia on Oct. 30.

A national voting body of Football Bowl Subdivision coaches, sports information directors, national media and former Ray Guy Award winners will select the three award finalists, who will be named on Nov. 22. Voters will then cast a second round of ballots to decide the winner.

The award will be presented on The Home Depot College Football Awards live on  Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. on ESPN.


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Lanning Nominated for Ray Guy Award

University of South Carolina senior punter Spencer Lanning is one of 51 athletes nominated for the 2010 Ray Guy Award, as announced today by the Augusta Sports Council.
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