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asc_home_logo11The Ray Guy Award is presented annually to the nation's top college punter

UTAH'S HACKETT NAMED RAY GUY AWARD WINNER FOR SECOND STRAIGHT SEASON

AUSTRALIAN-BORN SENIOR AVERAGED CAREER-BEST 47.8 YARDS PER PUNT

Utah's Tom Hackett has won his second straight Ray Guy Award. The senior averaged a career-best 47.8 yards per punt in 2015.

Utah's Tom Hackett has won his second straight Ray Guy Award. The senior averaged a career-best 47.8 yards per punt in 2015.

ATLANTA (AP) — Utah's Tom Hackett has won the Ray Guy Award, presented annually to the nation's top punter's top punter. It was the second straight year Hackett won the award.

The only other player to win the honor in consecutive seasons was Louisiana Tech's Ryan Allen in 2011-12. Baylor's Daniel Sepulveda also won twice (2004 and 2006).

Hackett, a senior, averaged a career-best 47.8 yards this season, including a long punt of 76 yards.

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.

2015 Ray Guy Award Finalists

NATIONAL COLLEGE FOOTBALL AWARDS ASSOCIATION

ncfaalogoThe Ray Guy Award is recognized by the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA).

HISTORY: The NCFAA was founded in 1997 as a coalition of the major collegiate football awards to protect, preserve and enhance the integrity, influence and prestige of the game’s predominant awards.

STANDARDS: The NCFAA encourages professionalism and the highest standards for the administration of its member awards and the selection of their candidates and recipients.

WEBSITE For more information, visit the association’s official website, ncfaa.org.

PAST RAY GUY AWARD WINNERS

Below are the 13 winners of the Ray Guy Award since its creation by the Augusta Sports Council in 2000.

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.

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