RAY GUY AWARD CANDIDATE
ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICA CANDIDATE
2006: The 2004 Ray Guy Award winner as the nation's top collegiate punter, fifth-year senior Daniel Sepulveda hopes to become the trophy's first-ever two-time winner and join College and Pro Football Hall of Famer Mike Singletary as Baylor's only three-time All-Americans in his final season as a Bear ... He tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right (non-kicking) knee during a pick-up basketball game over the 2006 Easter holiday weekend, underwent successful surgery April 27 to repair the damage and remained on track to return for the Bears' 2006 season-opener at press time ... Selected as the nation's No. 1 punter by The Sporting News' in its 2006 preview magazine ... Only the third national college football award winner in school history, following two-time Davey O'Brien pick Singletary and inaugural Thorpe Award recipient Thomas Everett, Sepulveda began his career as a walk-on linebacker but earned a scholarship as a punter after the 2003 season ... With a 3.46 cumulative grade-point average in accounting, the three-time first-team Academic All-Big 12 honoree received 2005 first-team CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America honors as a junior to become just the third Baylor football player (and first since 1963) to earn both academic and athletic All-America accolades in the same season ... His 44.85-yard career punting average ranks as the best in school history, second-best among all active Division I-A punters and ninth-best in NCAA history for players with 150 to 249 career punts ... He may threaten former Texas A&M punter Shane Lechler's NCAA career record average (250 or more punts) of 44.7 yards from 1996-99 ... 29.4 percent of his career punts have pinned foes inside the 20-yard line ... Owns Baylor career marks for 50-(69) and 60-(14) yard punts, stands No. 2 on its all-time punt yards list (9,463 yards) and No. 3 in career punts (211) ... Needs 42 punts and 877 yards to become BU's all-time leader in both punts and punt yardage ... Has recorded at least one 50-yard punt in 31 of 34 career games with two or more such punts in 21 contests.
2005: Became only the sixth two-time All-American in school history and first since free safety Thomas Everett in 1985 and 1986 after ranking No. 2 in the Big 12 and No. 3 nationally with a 46.18-yard punting average ... That figure also ranked as the second-best single-season average in Baylor history, just ahead of his 2004 mark of 46.0 ypp ... Received first-team 2005 CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America honors as well as second-team All-America recognition from The Associated Press, The Sporting News and Rivals.com, third-team status from collegefootballnews.com and honorable mention from Sports Illustrated ... 2005 first-team All-Big 12 by The Associated Press, ESPN.com, The Dallas Morning News, Austin American-Statesman and San Antonio Express-News; second-team all-league pick by the conference coaches, Kansas City Star, Houston Chronicle, Fort Worth Star-Telegram and Waco Tribune-Herald ... Also named to the Express-News' Big 12 All-Decade second-team honor squad ... 21.0 percent (13 of 62) of his punts pinned opponents inside their own 20 ... Registered 19 punts of 50-plus yards on the season, including six of 60 or more yards ... Over the season's final three games he averaged 48.0 yards per punt with nine of his 23 kicks over that stretch registering 50-plus yards ... Named Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance in BU's season-ending 44-34 victory over Oklahoma State when he averaged a season-best 51.7 yards on six punts with a 46.2-yard net average ... His shortest punt, a 42-yarder, pinned the Cowboys at their own 17-yard line, while he had three punts of 50-plus yards, including a 68-yarder, the third-longest of his career ... Averaged 46.2 yards on a season-best and career-high tying nine punts at Missouri with three of 50-plus yards; which included a career-long 78-yard boot, the eighth-longest in school history ... On five punts vs. Samford he averaged 51.0 yards with two inside the 20 and three 50-yarders ... Averaged 44.0 yards or better eight times and had season-high three 50-yarders four times ... Served as the Bears' holder on field goals and PATs ... Earned first-team Academic All-Big 12 honors for the third consecutive year and was named to the fall Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll ... Played 127 snaps, all on special teams, to pick up third letter ... Totaled two special teams tackles, both solos.
2004: As a sophomore, Sepulveda captured the Ray Guy Award as college football's top punter and earned second-team All-America honors from both the Walter Camp Foundation and Rivals.com, third-team recognition from The Associated Press, Collegefootballnews.com and CollegeSportsReport.com and honorable mention status from Sports Illustrated ... Also received All-Sophomore recognition from both Collegefootballnews.com and CollegeSportsReport.com ... Garnered first-team All-Big 12 honors from the league's coaches, The Associated Press and ESPN.com as well as six of seven newspapers around the league who select conference honor squads ... Ranked No. 2 in the Big 12 and No. 3 nationally in punting (45.97 ypp) ... Placed 41.9 percent of his punts (26 of 62) inside the opponent's 20-yard line and his net average of 42.5 ypp ranked No. 2 nationally ... Averaged 43.0 yards or better in seven games, including a pair of 50.0-yard average contests ... Improved net punting mark from 37.4 ypp as a freshman in 2003 to 42.5 ypp in 2004 ... His sophomore season average of 45.97 ypp was the second-best in school history behind Ty Atteberry's BU single-season mark of 46.35 yards ... 24 punts of 50-plus yards, including five of 60-plus yards ... Owned two of the Big 12's top punts in 2004, a then-career-long 69-yarder vs. Missouri and a 66-yarder at No. 5 Texas ... Averaged 43.9 yards per kick at Texas Tech and placed a career-high tying five of seven punts inside the Red Raider 20-yard line ... Five of his seven punts against Mizzou pinned the Tigers inside their own 20, as he averaged 50.6 yards per kick ... Five of six punts against Texas State were 50 or more yards, as he averaged a career-best 55.0 yards per kick ... Also recorded a career-high tying five punts of 50 or more yards (in seven attempts) against No. 2 Oklahoma, four of which pinned the Sooners inside the 20-yard line ... Had one solo tackle ... Second-team CoSIDA Academic All-District VI selection ... Earned first-team Academic All-Big 12 honors and Baylor's special teams MVP award for the second straight season ... Named to the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll for both the fall and spring semesters ... Received second letter and served as special teams captain ... 72 snaps played.
2003: Despite not having punted since junior high school, Sepulveda earned first-team All-Big 12 honors from College Football News and second-team recognition from league coaches ... The redshirt freshman also was selected first-team Academic All-Big 12, earned a spot on The Sporting News freshman All-Big 12 squad and was named to that publication's Dream Team ... Honorable mention All-Big 12 by The Associated Press ... Baylor's special teams MVP ... A mid-year addition to the Ray Guy Award list, he ranked third in the Big 12 and 23rd nationally with his 43.10 yard average ... His average ranked fifth nationally among all freshman punters and 23 of his punts pinned opponents inside their 20-yard line ... Recorded a BU record 26 punts of 50 or more yards and had at least one such punt in every game ... Had a season-high four punts of 50 or more yards vs. UAB in his punting debut, when he averaged 46.4 yards on nine kicks ... Established a school record with 3,750 yards punting for the season, and his 87 punts were just one shy of the BU single-season mark ... Averaged 43.0 yards or better in eight games, including a season-best 50.0 average on a season-low two punts at North Texas ... Enjoyed an outstanding day at Texas A&M, averaging a school-record (minimum eight punts) 47.8 yards per kick and placing a season-best four of his nine punts inside the Aggies' 20-yard line ... Had a then-career-long 62-yard punt against Oklahoma State, and hit punts of 61 and 60 yards at Kansas ... Two solo tackles ... Named to both the fall and spring Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll ... Received first varsity letter.
2002: Walked-on to the team and was redshirted as a true freshman ... Selected to both the fall and spring Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll.
High School: Highland Park High School, Dallas ... Battled through injuries while earning second-team academic all-state honors as a senior linebacker ... HPHS posted a 22-3 in his last two seasons ... Helped Scots advance to the quarterfinals of the playoffs and capture a district title as a senior ... National Honor Society member ... Member of the track team as a junior ... Coached by Randy Allen at the District 13-4A school.
Personal: The son of Carlos and Susan Sepulveda, Daniel Wade Sepulveda was born Jan. 12, 1984, in Austin, Texas ... Brother of former Bear standout linebacker Stephen Sepulveda ... Accounting major.
SEPULVEDA'S Single-Game Bests
Punts: 9, three times
Punting Average: 55.0 vs. Texas State, Sept. 11, 2004 (six punts)
Punts of 50-plus yards: 5, twice
Punts Inside the 20: 5, twice