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Friday, December 12, 2014

Utah punter Tom Hackett wins 2014 Ray Guy Award

Utah junior punter Tom Hackett was announced today as the winner of the Ray Guy Award, which is presented to the nation's top punter. Hackett becomes the first Utah player to win an award presented by the National College Football Awards Association, which encompasses the most prestigious awards in college football. Hackett, who was also named a first-team Walter Camp All-American today, leads the nation in punts inside the 20 (35) and 10 (19) yard lines and ranks second nationally in punt average (47.0). The two-time All-Pac-12 punter has put 35-of-77 (45.5%) punts inside the 20 this season, a percentage that leads the Pac-12. Hackett is second in the nation with a school-record 3,619 punt yards and second in the conference in punts of 50+ yards (25). Utah is third in the nation in net punting (42.81).... The other finalists for the Ray Guy Award were Alabama freshman JK Scott and Idaho sophomore Austin Rehkow. - Utes

“I was happy, just relieved for the whole thing to be done with and looking to move on to the bowl game now and get back in Salt Lake City and enjoy practice tomorrow,” said Hackett, who is Utah’s first Ray Guy Award recipient. “It’s obviously an honor to win that award with Ray Guy being able to be present,” Hackett said. “It was awesome to be able to meet him and chat with him and talk about football and punting in particular.” Hackett was joined at the gathering by the other two finalists for the Ray Guy Award — Alabama freshman JK Scott and Idaho sophomore Austin Rehkow — and most of college football’s top players and coaches. “It was good fun,” Hackett said. “I enjoyed myself.” - Deseret News

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