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

UTAH'S HACKETT ADDS 2014 RAY GUY AWARD TO FIRST TEAM ALL-AMERICAN HONOR

HACKETT LED NATION IN PUNTS INSIDE 20 AND 10

Utah's Tom Hackett is the 2014 Ray Guy Award winner.

Utah's Tom Hackett is the 2014 Ray Guy Award winner.

AUGUSTA, Ga. — The Augusta Sports Council and Ray Guy Award are proud to announce Tom Hackett, University of Utah, as the Ray Guy Award winner for 2014.

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, 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).

Hackett was named the Ray Guy Award Player of the Week three times this year: vs. Fresno State, UCLA and Stanford. He earned Pac-12 Player of the Week honors against Colorado.

The other finalists for the Ray Guy Award were Alabama freshman JK Scott and Idaho sophomore Austin Rehkow.

Hackett was one of ten Ray Guy Award semifinalists. H was also on the 2014 Ray Guy Award Preseason Watch List announced in July.

2014 RAY GUY AWARD FINALISTS

AUGUSTA, Ga. - The 2014 finalists for the award — given to the most outstanding punter in college football — were chosen from a field of 10 semifinalits.

2014 Ray Guy Award Finalists

• JK Scott (Fr.), Alabama | PLAYER PROFILE
• Austin Rehkow (So.), Idaho | PLAYER PROFILE
• Tom Hackett (Jr.), Utah | PLAYER PROFILE

The candidates were evaluated on their overall statistics and contribution to the team. Particular emphasis was placed on the punters' net average, percentage of total punts inside the 20-yard line and percentage of punts not returned.

A national voting body of Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) coaches, sports information directors, national media and former Ray Guy Award winners voted on the winner.

2014 Ray Guy Award Semifinalists

• JK Scott (Fr.), Alabama
• Scott Arellano (Sr.), BYU
• Scott Harding (Sr.), Hawaii
• Austin Rehkow (So.), Idaho
• Justin Vogel (So.), Miami
• Tyler Wedel (Sr.), Northern Illinois
• Cameron Johnston (So.), Ohio State
• Drew Kaser (Jr.), Texas A&M
• Tom Hackett (Jr.), Utah
• Alex Kinal (Jr.), Wake Forest

The presentation of the Ray Guy Award was featured on The Home Depot College Football Awards on Dec. 11 on ESPN. The show also featured the live presentations of nine player awards and the Walter Camp All-America Team.

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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