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Monday, November 25, 2013

Ray Guy Award 2013 Finalists

The Augusta Sports Council has announced three finalists for the 2013 Ray Guy Award. The finalists were selected by a national voting body of Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) coaches, sports information directors, national media, and former Ray Guy Award winners. The voters will cast a second round of ballots to decide the winner. The candidates were evaluated on their overall statistics and contribution to the team. Particular emphasis was placed on the punter’s net average, percentage of total punts inside the 20-yard line and percentage of punts not returned.

Tom Hornsey, Memphis (senior)
'Three years ago, Hornsey, an Australian and former Australian Rules Football player, had never seen an American college football game until he appeared in the U of M’s season opener at Mississippi State. Since then, he’s progressed further than any of his booming punts.... Hornsey enters this week as the leading punter in the American Athletic Conference with a 45.5 average and the sixth-leading punter in the nation. Behind Hornsey’s strong right leg — and uncanny ability to drop his punts inside the opponents’ 20-yard line — the U of M ranks second nationally in net punting at 41.8.'
“The recognition I’ve been able to get has been rewarding for the work I’ve put in. It shows I’ve been doing the right things and the hard work has paid off. There have been plenty of days I’ve gone out there and questioned, ‘Is it worth it?’ when I’d go out there and couldn’t hit a punt (solidly). But to push through and finally get this recognition has been fantastic. I’m honored and humbled, also.”
Cody Webster, Purdue (senior)
"Webster is first in the Big Ten and 19th in the Football Bowl Subdivision in punting average (43.5). He has punted 65 times for 2.827 yards and has placed 22 of his kicks inside the opposition's 20-yard line. He has booted two 73-yarders in 2013 and has 15 punts of over 50 yards this season. Webster is 11th nationally in career average (43.0) and his 227 career punts are second in Purdue history to only 1989 All-American Shawn McCarthy, while his career average (43.0) is second in school history to only 2001 Ray Guy Award winner and consensus All-American Travis Dorsch."
Drew Kaser, Texas A&M (sophomore)
"Kaser leads the SEC with a 48.0 punt average, which is currently a yard ahead of Shane Lechler’s school record of 47.0. Among Kaser’s 36 punts are 14 “coffin corner” boots, 10 fair catches and 14 50-yard bombs, including a 76-yarder. Behind Kaser’s strong leg, the Aggies rank No. 5 nationally with a 40.8 net punt average."
The three Ray Guy Award finalists will be highlighted on ESPNU during The Home Depot College Football Awards Nomination Special airing Tuesday, Nov. 26 at 5:30 p.m. (ET). This year’s Ray Guy Award winner will be revealed on ESPN during The Home Depot College Football Awards airing live from the Atlantic Dance Hall at Disney’s BoardWalk at the Walt Disney World Resort on Thursday, Dec. 12th at 7:00 p.m. (ET).

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