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Ray Guy Award 2017 Preseason Watch List

Mitch Wishnowsky

Utah's Mitch Wishnowsky won the 2016 Ray Guy Award. (Photo via University of Utah)

Augusta, GA (July 12, 2017) – The Augusta Sports Council has announced the pre-season watch list for the 2017 Ray Guy Award, which honors the nation’s top collegiate punter.

The 29 candidates on the list incorporate a broad spectrum of Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) punters. 2016 finalists, Michael Dickson (Texas) and Mitch Wishnowsky (Utah) – our 2016 winner, have returned to the list. Returning semifinalists include Joseph Davidson (Bowling Green), Johnny Townsend (Florida) and Zach Sinor (Oklahoma State).

The number of eligible candidates for this season will grow when the award opens nominations in September. The complete list of candidates will be released on October 31. In early November, the Ray Guy Award committee will meet to select the ten semifinalists, who will be announced on November 16. A national body of Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) sports information directors, media representatives, and previous Ray Guy Award winners will then vote for the top three finalists to be announced on November 21. 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 7, 2017.

2017 RAY GUY AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST:
  • Derek Adams (So.), Kent State
  • Jake Bailey (Jr.), Stanford
  • Matt Bonadies (Jr.), Middle Tennessee
  • Bailey Cate (So.), Old Dominion
  • A.J. Cole III (Jr.), North Carolina State
  • Jake Collins (RS Jr.), Western Kentucky
  • Logan Cooke (Sr.), Mississippi State
  • Steven Coutts (Jr.), California
  • Trevor Daniel (RS Sr.), Tennessee
  • Joseph Davidson (RS Sr.), Bowling Green
  • Michael Dickson (So.), University of Texas
  • Colin Downing (Sr.), Iowa State
  • Corey Fatony (Jr.), Missouri
  • Blake Gillikin (So.), Penn State
  • Jonathan Hernandez (Sr.), USF
  • Logan Laurent (RS Sr.), Massachusetts
  • Wade Lees (So.), Maryland
  • Johnny Linehan (Sr.), BYU
  • Adam Nunez (So.), TCU
  • Nick Porebski (Sr.), Oregon State
  • J.K. Scott (Sr.), Alabama
  • Austin Seibert (Jr.), Oklahoma
  • Tom Sheldon (So.), North Carolina
  • Zach Sinor (RS Jr.), Oklahoma State
  • Spencer Smith (RS Sr.), Memphis
  • Chris Tilbey (RS Jr.), USC
  • Johnny Townsend (RS Sr.), Florida
  • Shane Tripucka (Sr.), Texas A&M
  • Mitch Wishnowsky (So.), University of Utah

Augusta Sports Council

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To learn more, visit AugustaSportsCouncil.org.

National College Football Awards Association

ncfaalogoThe Ray Guy Award is recognized by the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA). 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. The NCFAA encourages professionalism and the highest standards for the administration of its member awards and the selection of their candidates and recipients.

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

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PAST RAY GUY AWARD WINNERS

Below are the 14 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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