Dec. 14, 2010
Rice junior punter Kyle Martens has been invited to participate in the Walter Camp Foundation's celebration weekend, which will be held in New Haven, Connecticut on January 13-15. Martens, who was named to the Foundation's All America second team last week, will participate in a variety of community activities and special events, concluding with the 2011 Walter Camp National Awards Dinner on January 15.
Martens was also recognized on Tuesday by a pair of organizations who released their 2010 All America squads. He was placed on the Associated Press' All America third team, while Sports Illustrated.com placed him on its Honorable Mention All America list.
A junior from Spearfish, South Dakota, Martens set a school record by averaging 46 yards per punt this season, which led Conference USA and ranks fourth in the country heading into the bowl season. He placed 42% of his punts inside the 20 (22 of 52), bettering his previous best effort of 14 of 52 in 2008. Half of his 22 punts inside the 20 were downed at or inside the 10 (11 of 22) and 64% of those punts inside the 10 were down at or inside the three (7 of 11). He also averaged 51 yards on five punts from inside the Owls' 18 yard line.
The 2011 Walter Camp Weekend will be held on January 13-15 in New Haven, CT. The National Awards Dinner, which will recognize the 121st annual college All-America team and major award winners, will be held on Saturday, January 15 at the Yale University Commons at 5 p.m. Former Nebraska star Will Shields will receive the Walter Camp Man of the Year Award. Auburn's Cam Newton will be honored as the Walter Camp Player of the Year. Former Arizona star Teddy Bruschi will receive the Alumni Award, while College and Pro Football Hall of Famer Chuck Bednarik will receive the Distinguished American Award.
Walter Camp, "The Father of American football," first selected an All-America team in 1889. Camp - a former Yale University athlete and football coach - is also credited with developing play from scrimmage, set plays, the numerical assessment of goals and tries and the restriction of play to eleven men per side. The Walter Camp Football Foundation - a New Haven-based all-volunteer group - was founded in 1967 to perpetuate the ideals of Camp and to continue the tradition of selecting annually an All-America team.