ALABAMA'S MANDELL RAY GUY AWARD PLAYER OF THE WEEK
SENIOR HAD FOUR PUNTS FOR A 55-YARD AVERAGE AGAINST MISSISSIPPI STATEThe Augusta Sports Council and Ray Guy Award are proud to announce Cody Mandell, University of Alabama, as the Ray Guy Award Player of the Week. Mandell had four punts with 220 yards, averaging 55 yards per punt in the road win against Mississippi State this weekend. Mandell had three of four punts over 50 yards, two of which were marked inside the 3-yard line and his longest was 63 yards. He had one touchback and had a net average of 53.8 yards per punt. Mississippi State's average starting field position following Mandell's punts was their own 11.5 yard line. The Augusta Sports Council presents the Ray Guy Award, given to the collegiate punter of the year at The Home Depot College Football Awards Show on ESPN. The Ray Guy Award field was narrowed to 10 on Nov. 8. 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 yardag 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.
2013 RAY GUY AWARD NOTESAWARD FINALISTS
• Tom Hornsey (Sr.), Memphis
• Drew Kaser (So.,) Texas A&M
• Cody Webster (Sr.), Purdue
• Steven Clark (Sr.), Auburn
• Tom Hornsey (Sr.), Memphis
• Cameron Johnson (Fr.), Ohio State
• Drew Kaser (So.,) Texas A&M
• Richie Leone (Sr.), Houston
• Cody Mandell (Sr.), Alabama
• Michael Palardy (Sr.), Tennessee
• Mike Sadler (Jr.), Michigan State
• Will Scott (Sr.), Troy
• Cody Webster (Sr.), Purdue
KEY 2013 DATES
July 10 - Preseason watch list announced October 25 - Final candidate list announced November 8 - Semifinalists announced November 25 - Finalists announced December 12 - Ray Guy Award Presentation (ESPN, 7:30 pm EST)
January 2014 - All-Area Football Banquet & Award Celebration
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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.
The members of the NCFAA are unveiling their preseason watch lists over a 12-day period this month. Fifteen of the association’s 21 awards select a preseason watch list and the NCFAA has spearheaded a coordinated effort to promote each award’s preseason candidates.
Following is the complete 2013 preseason watch list calendar:
Mon., July 8: Bednarik Award / Maxwell Award
Tue., July 9: Mackey Award / Rimington Trophy
Wed., July 10: Lou Groza Award / Ray Guy Award
Thurs., July 11: Bronko Nagurski Trophy / Outland Trophy
Fri., July 12: Jim Thorpe Award
Mon., July 15: Butkus Award / Rotary Lombardi Award
Tue., July 16: Biletnikoff Award
Wed., July 17: Davey O’Brien Award
Thurs., July 18: Doak Walker Award
Fri., July 19: Walter Camp Award
LOUISIANA TECH PUNTER RYAN ALLEN BECOMES FIRST BACK-TO-BACK WINNERAllen, of Salem, Ore., led the nation with a 48.04 punting average in 2012 and was presented with his second Ray Guy Award by the Augusta Sports Council on Jan. 17 in Augusta, Ga. Allen, the only back-to-back Ray Guy Award winner, was a unanimous All-American in 2012.
BELOW WERE THE FINALISTS FOR THE AWARD AND A PHOTO GALLERY FROM THE AWARD CEREMONY IN ORLANDO.
2012 FINALIST: Ryan AllenIn his second Ray Guy Award-winning season, Allen was a consensus first-team All-American after averaging 48 yards per boot and had 21 punts of 50-plus yards. His career long was an 85-yarder against New Mexico State in October. CLICK FOR MORE
2012 FINALIST: Kyle ChristyJunior punter at Florida averaged 45.8 yards per punt. Set a single-game school record with a 54.3 yard per punt average against South Carolina. Second in school history with a 44.3 yard average in his career; and a two year letter-winner for the Gators. CLICK FOR MORE
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Allen was honored by the Augusta Sports Council at The Augusta Chronicle’s All-Area Football Banquet at the Legends Club.
Allen became the first person to win back-to-back Ray Guy awards. Since the inception of the award in 2000, only Allen and Baylor’s Daniel Sepulveda (2004, 2006) have won multiple awards.
“It’s a privilege to be here,” Allen said. “To be able to accept this award means a lot to me and to Lousiana Tech.”
Also during the evening, Prokicker.com and the Augusta Sports Council inducted Fred Mitchell, Dr. Stephen O’Neal and Reggie Roby into the American Football Kicking Hall of Fame. Mitchell, a former columnist for the Chicago Tribune is the inspiration for “The Fred Mitchell Award,” an annual national award given to an outstanding kicker during the National Football Foundation ceremony.
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Louisiana Tech’s Ryan Allen became the first back-to-back recipient of the coveted Ray Guy Award as the nation’s top punter as the Bulldog senior took home the hardware for the second consecutive year during the Home Depot College Football Awards Show.
Allen beat out Florida’s Kyle Christy and Ball State’s Scott Kovanda for the award. The award was announced on a live national broadcast on ESPN.
“Even after I won it last year, I was just so ecstatic to be part of this whole event that ESPN College Football Awards puts on and to be honored for the success that my punt coverage team and I have had,” Allen said. “They have just as much to do with this as I do. To do it again is a real honor. For the Augusta Sports Council to go out and recognize a punter and for us to get recognized for our success is big. It is big for our team it is big for our soon-to-be players that will be on special teams as it shows them that this is important and it does get recognized if you do a good job. We impacted some games and we were a huge contribution to our team’s success and that is what it is all about.”
Allen, who was also named first team Walter Camp All-American, led the nation in punting this season with an average of 48.0 yards per punt and led the nation in net punting with an average of 43.5.
Candidates are narrowed to three:
Ryan Allen, Louisiana Tech (6-2, 215, Sr., Salem, Ore.)
Kyle Christy, Florida (6-2, 199, So., Brownsburg, Ind.)
Scott Kovanda, Ball State ( 6-3, 205, Sr., Hartland, Mich.)
Ryan Allen, Louisiana Tech • Brett Baer, Louisiana • Trey Barrow, Missouri • David Baska, Air Force • Cason Beatty, Florida State • Pablo Beltran, Navy • Tyler Bennett, Utah State • Peter Boehme, Southern Miss • Dalton Botts, Miami • Jamie Boyle, UCF • Hendrix Brakefield, Western Kentucky • Dylan Breeding, Arkansas • Ben Buchanan, Ohio State • Ian Campbell, UTEP • Cayle Chapman-Brown, New Mexico St. • Kyle Christy, Florida • Steven Clark, Auburn • Bobby Cowan, Idaho • Ryan Doerr, Kansas State • Kyle Dugandzic, Arizona • Ryan Epperson, Texas A&M • Ryan Erxleben, Texas Tech • Landon Foster, Kentucky • Will Hagerup, Michigan • Thomas Hibbard, North Carolina • Tom Hornsey, Memphis • Josh Hubner, Arizona State • Jay Karutz, Eastern Michigan • Richard Kent, Vanderbilt • Alex King, Texas • Pete Kontodaikos, Colorado State • Keith Kostol, Oregon State • Scott Kovanda, Ball State • Chase Lansford, UNLV • Richie Leone, Houston • Jeff Locke, UCLA • Brett Maher, Nebraska • Brandon McManus, Temple • Drew Meyer, Wisconsin • Will Monday, Duke • Hunter Mullins, UAB • Ryan Neir, Northern Illinois • Patrick O'Donnell, Cincinnati • Darragh O’Neill, Colorado • Vince Penza, Toledo • Ethan Perry, TCU • Sean Poole, Georgia Tech • Spencer Roth, Baylor • Mike Sadler, Michigan State • Brian Schmiedebusch, Bowling Green • J. Schroeder, Western Michigan • Will Scott, Troy • Sean Sellwood, Utah • Andrew Shapiro, Fresno State • Quinn Sharp, Oklahoma State • Riley Stephenson, BYU • Baker Swedenburg, Mississippi State • Ben Turk, Notre Dame • Kirby Van Der Kamp, Iowa State • Alec Vozenilek, Virginia • Cole Wagner, Connecticut • Harrison Waid, San Jose State • Tress Way, Oklahoma • Cole Way, Tulsa • Cody Webster, Purdue • Tyler Williams, Marshall • Brandon Williams, Northwestern • Brad Wing, LSU • Matt Yoklic, Pittsburgh
Will Atterberry, North Texas • Ryan Allen, Louisiana Tech • Tyler Bennett, Utah State • Dalton Botts, Miami • Dylan Breeding, Arkansas • Ian Campbell, UTEP • Tyler Campbell, Ole Miss • Steven Clark, Auburn • Bobby Cowan, Idaho • Ron Doherty, Kansas • Richard Kent, Vanderbilt • Pete Kontodiakos, Colorado State • Richie Leone, Houston • Jeff Locke, UCLA • Brett Maher, Nebraska • Pat O’Donnell, Cincinnati • Darragh O’Neill, Colorado • Jackson Rice, Oregon • Brian Schmiedebusch, Bowling Green • Sean Sellwood, Utah • Quinn Sharp, Oklahoma State • Riley Stephenson, BYU • Kirby Van Der Kamp, Iowa State • Harrison Waid, San Jose State • Brad Wing, LSU
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