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Maryland punter Wade Lees named to Ray Guy Award watch list

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This is the Maryland Minute, a short story followed by a roundup of Terps-related news.

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Maryland sophomore punter Wade Lees was named to the Ray Guy Award preseason watch list Wednesday, the Augusta Sports Council announced.

The Ray Guy Award is presented to the best punter in college football at season’s end. Lees is one of 29 punters included on the list—which also happens to be Lees’ age. As a freshman last season, he started all 13 games at punter, booting the ball 72 times for an average of 39.8 yards per punt. The former Australian Rules Football player had 20 punts downed inside the 20 yard line and was only responsible for one touchback.

The winner of the Ray Guy Award will be announced on Dec. 7 at The Home Depot College Football Awards.

In other news

Jake Layman had 22 points, seven rebounds and three assists last night in the Portland Trail Blazers’ win over the Chicago Bulls.

Melo Trimble’s night wasn’t nearly as good, but this happened, so everything is fine, really.

So far, 93 percent of you think Randy White is the best defensive lineman in program history, but now the question is: who’s the second best?

After outplaying many’s expectations last season, defensive end Chandler Burkett looks to end his Maryland career with a bang.

Burkett’s position-mate Brett Kulka has seen more action than the last every year he’s been in College Park. He’ll look to keep that going heading into the 2017 season.

At 11:06 last night, here’s what the inside of Cole Field House looked like:

My bet is that the final letter is an “M” but there’s at least a small chance that this is all an elaborate plan to honor Gary Williams, in which case Cole could be renamed “Garyland”.