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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Ray Guy Award 2014 Finalists

The Augusta Sports Council has announced three finalists for the 2014 Ray Guy Award. All players are first-time finalists for the annual 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. The three Ray Guy Award finalists will be highlighted on ESPNU during The Home Depot College Football Awards Nomination Special airing Tuesday, November 25 at 6 p.m. (ET). The 30-minute show, hosted by Anish Shroff, will include player interviews and analysis from Charles Arbuckle surrounding finalists for the Ray Guy Award and other members of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA). 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, December 11 at 7:00 p.m. (ET).

JK Scott, Alabama
"Scott, a freshman from Denver, Colo., ranks second nationally in punting average (46.8 yards per punt) and second in net punting (43.28 ypp). He leads the nation in percentage of punts inside the opponent's 20-yard line at 53.5 percent (23 of 43), with 16 punts of 50 yards or more and four over 60 yards with a long of 66. " - Crimson Tide
Austin Rehkow, Idaho
"Rehkow leads the nation in punting average (for the second successive season) with an average of 47.8 yards per kick. He has punted 42 times for 2,007 yards.... 'Austin has done an excellent job of continuing to improve his skills as a punter,' coach Paul Petrino said. 'He does a great job of placing his punts to help us control field position. He is consistent and dependable. He is very worthy and deserving of this award.' Rehkow had a career-long punt of 73 yards at Georgia Southern. It ties for sixth all-time at Idaho and for seventh in the FBS this year. He also has another top 30 punt with a kick of 69 yards (vs. Arkansas State) that ties for 23rd. Of his 42 punts this season, 18 were 50 yards or longer and 15 were downed inside the 20.... He will become Idaho’s career punting average leader this season after setting a single-season record as a freshman (47.8). He led the nation with that average, which is an NCAA freshman punting average record as well as the record for punters who kicked 75 or more times in a season." - Vandals
Tom Hackett, Utah
"Hackett is the second Ray Guy Award finalist from Utah, joining Louie Sakoda (2008). In addition to leading the nation in punts inside the 10 (19) and punts inside the 20 (34), Hackett ranks third in the nation and leads the Pac-12 in punt average (46.5). He has placed 46.6% of his punts inside the 20-yard line (34-of-73). Hackett broke his own school record for punt yards in a season (3,396), which also ranks third in the nation. He leads the Pac-12 in punts of 50+ yards (23), which is the second-best single-season mark in school history. Hackett was named the Ray Guy Award Player of the Week three times this year: vs. Fresno State, UCLA and Stanford. For his career, Hackett has placed 43.7% of his punts inside the 20 (76-of 174), including 37 inside the 10-yard line and 16 inside the 5-yard line. His 43 career punts of 50+ yards ranks fourth all-time at Utah. Hackett has just 15 touchbacks in 174 career punts. Hackett, a first-team all-Pac-12 punter as a sophomore last season, grew up playing Australian rules football and had never played a down of American football before walking on to the Utah team in 2013. He shared the starting job as a freshman and has started every game the past two seasons. Hackett also serves as the holder for place kicks." - Utes

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