Hornsey Named to Multiple All-America Squads
Dec. 18, 2013
For a second straight day, University of Memphis punter Tom Hornsey has been named to a premier All-America Team. Hornsey was selected to the American Football Coaches Association's All-America Team and to the Football Writer's Association of America (FWAA) All-America First Team on Wednesday. A day earlier he was named First-Team All-America by the Associated Press.
Also on Wednesday, the NFL Players Association announced Hornsey has committed to play in the 2014 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl presented by Panini.
Hornsey will compete in the all-star game on Saturday, Jan. 18 at StubHub Center on the campus of California State University Dominguez Hills in Carson, Calif. Kickoff is scheduled for 5 p.m. Central and the game will be televised by ESPN2.
The NFLPA Collegiate Bowl will mark the end of a busy week for Hornsey who will attend and participate in the All-Area Football Awards and Ray Guy Award Celebration in Augusta, Ga., on Jan. 16. Last week Hornsey was named the winner of the Ray Guy Award which honors the nation's best punter.
The American Football Coaches Association selects teams from five divisions - Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), Division II, Division III and NAIA. The AFCA has selected an All-America team since 1945. What makes the teams special is they are the only ones chosen by those who know the players the best - the coaches themselves.
In addition to All-America first-team accolades from the AFCA and AP this week, Hornsey was named first-team All-America by USA Today and Athlon Sports last week.
During his senior season Hornsey ranked eighth nationally with a 45.2 punting average while helping the Tigers post a 41.02 net punting average which ranked fourth in the country. During the year he had three of the 15 highest game punting averages in Memphis history.
Hornsey placed 29 of 62 punts inside opponents' 20-yard line (.468). The .468 percentage ranked fifth nationally while the 29 punts downed inside the 20 tied for fourth among FBS punters through the regular season. He only had four of his punts go into the end zone for touchbacks while opponents managed just 19 returns for 136 yards.
A native of Geelong, Victoria, Australia, Hornsey will graduate next spring.