AUGUSTA SPORTS COUNCIL ANNOUNCES 2015 RAY GUY AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST
2014 AWARD WINNER HACKETT AMONG WATCH LIST PUNTERSAUGUSTA, Ga. — The Augusta Sports Council has announced the preseason watch list for the 2015 Ray Guy Award, which honors the nation’s top collegiate punter. The 25 candidates on the list incorporate a broad spectrum of Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) punters. Tom Hackett (Utah), winner of the 2014 Ray Guy Award, returns to the list along with finalists, Austin Rehkow (Idaho) and JK Scott (Alabama). Returning semifinalists include Cameron Johnston (Ohio State), Drew Kaser (Texas A&M), Alex Kinal (Wake Forest), and Justin Vogel (Miami). The number of eligible candidates for this season will grow when the award opens for nominations in September. The complete list of candidates will be released on Oct. 30. In early November, the Ray Guy Award committee will meet to select the ten semifinalists, who will be announced on Nov. 13. A national body of Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) sports information directors, coaches, media representatives, and previous Ray Guy Award winners will then vote for the top three finalists, to be announced on Nov. 23. After the finalists are named, the voting body will cast ballots again to select the nation’s top punter. The winner will be announced live during The Home Depot College Football Awards airing on ESPN on Thursday, December 10, 2015.
2015 RAY GUY AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST25 punters are on the Preseason Watch List• Devon Bell (Sr.), Mississippi State
• Mattias Ciabatti (Sr.), South Florida
• Korey Durkee (Sr.), Washington
• Luke Ferguson (Sr.), Arkansas State
• Will Gleeson (So.), Ole Miss
• Tyler Grassman (Sr.), Buffalo
• Tom Hackett (Sr.), Utah
• Hayden Hunt (Jr.), Colorado State
• Cameron Johnston (Jr.), Ohio State
• Drew Kaser (Sr.), Texas A&M
• Jamie Keehn (Sr.), LSU
• Alex Kinal (Sr.), Wake Forest
• Anthony Melchiori (Sr.), Kent State
• Will Monday (Sr.), Duke
• Peter Mortell (Sr.), Minnesota
• Dalton Parks (Jr.), Tulsa
• Austin Rehkow (Jr.), Idaho
• Drew Riggleman (Sr.), Arizona
• Dalton Schomp (Jr.), FAU
• J Schroeder (Sr.), Western Michigan
• JK Scott (So.), Alabama
• Taylor Symmank (Sr.), Texas Tech
• Alex Tardieu (Sr.), Army
• Justin Vogel (Jr.), Miami
• Logan Yunker (Sr.), UNLV
COLLEGE FOOTBALL AWARDS AND RAY GUY AWARD
The Augusta Sports Council created the Ray Guy Award in 2000 to honor Thomson, Georgia native and College Football Hall of Fame inductee, Ray Guy. The Ray Guy Award winner is determined by a national voting body of sports writers, college coaches, sports information directors, and past Ray Guy Award winners. Among the statistics used to identify the winner is net punting average, number of times a punt is downed or kicked out of bounds inside the opponents 20-yard line, total yardage punted, average returned yardage, and percentage of punts not returned. The winner must display team leadership, self-discipline, and have a positive impact on the team’s success.
The Augusta Sports Council (ASC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to marketing the Augusta area as a destination for amateur sporting events. The ASC attracts, creates and supports dozens of sporting events and activities each year, generating a positive economic impact and enhancing the quality of life for residents of the greater Augusta community.
The Ray Guy Award is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA) which encompasses the most prestigious awards in college football. The 21 awards boast 678 years of tradition-selection excellence.
Members of the NCFAA:
Lou Groza Award
Ray Guy Award
Bronko Nagurski Trophy
Jim Thorpe Award
Butkus Award / Rotary Lombardi Award
Davey O’Brien Award
Doak Walker Award
Walter Camp Award
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