History of the Ray Guy Award

2016 Ray Guy Award: Mitch Wishnowsky of Utah

WishnowskyUtah’s Mitch Wishnowsky won the Ray Guy Award as the nation’s top punter Thursday night at The Home Depot College Football Awards Show in Atlanta. Wishnowsky said it was “like unbelievable” and “a great feeling” to receive the accolade. “It’s a great honor for Mitch, well-deserved,” said Utah coach Kyle Whittingham, who accompanied Wishnowsky to the gathering at the College Football Hall of Fame. “The statistics that he put up this year were incredible and like I’ve said, there’s no doubt in my mind that he deserved it.” MORE ON WISHNOWSKY


2015 Ray Guy Award: Tom Hackett of Utah

HackettTom Hackett, who also won the 2014 award, is named the 2015 Ray Guy Award winner. 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 in 2015, including a long punt of 76 yards. MORE ON HACKETT


2014 Ray Guy Award: Tom Hackett of Utah

HackettTom Hackett, who was also named a first-team Walter Camp All-American, led the nation in punts inside the 20 (35) and 10 (19) yard lines and ranked second nationally in punt average (47.0). The two-time All-Pac-12 punter put 35-of-77 (45.5%) punts inside the 20 on the season. Hackett was second in the nation with a school-record 3,619 punt yards and second in the conference in punts of 50+ yards (25). Utah was third in the nation in net punting (42.81). Hackett was named the Ray Guy Award Player of the Week three times: vs. Fresno State, UCLA and Stanford. The other finalists for the Ray Guy Award were Alabama freshman JK Scott and Idaho sophomore Austin Rehkow. MORE ON HACKETT


2013 Ray Guy Award: Tom Hornsey of Memphis

HornseyTom Hornsey of Memphis named Ray Guy Award winner, also being named to the Walter Camp All-America Second Team, only the second player from Memphis to make the team. During his senior season Hornsey ranked eighth nationally with a 45.2 punting average while helping the Tigers post a 41.02 net punting average which ranked fourth in the country. During the year he had three of the 15 highest game punting averages in Memphis history. Hornsey placed 29 of 62 punts inside opponents’ 20-yard line (.468). The .468 percentage ranked fifth nationally while the 29 punts downed inside the 20 tied for third among FBS punters through the regular season. He only had four of his punts go into the end zone for touchbacks while opponents managed just 19 returns for 136 yards. MORE ON HORNSEY


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2012 Award: Ryan Allen of Louisiana Tech

latech_allenLouisiana Tech's Ryan Allen becomes the first punter to win back-to-back Ray Guy Awards, and just the second to be recognized as the best punter in the land (Baylor’s Daniel Sepulveda, 2004 & ’06). As a senior, Allen upped his averaged to a country-leading 48.0 yards per punt, including 21 of 50 yards or more and 20 that were downed inside the 20-yard line. He was a consensus All-American. MORE ON ALLEN


2011 Award: Ryan Allen of Louisiana Tech

latech_allenThe Augusta Sports Council presented the 2011 Ray Guy Award for College Punter of the Year to Louisiana Tech’s Ryan Allen. The award caps a remarkable year for Allen, a junior from Salem, Ore. He helped lead his team to the 2011 WAC Championship, with a 41.95 net average and 37 punts inside the 20-yard line. He ranked first in the country in punts inside the 20 and had only 33 percent of his punts returned. He ranked first in the country in punts inside the 20 and had only 33 percent of his punts returned. Allen averaged 47 or more yards per punt in two games, including four 50-plus yarders at Nevada. His 72-yard punt at Mississippi State is the fourth in school history, and this year five of his punts rank in the top 10 in school history. MORE ON ALLEN


2010 Ray Guy Award: Chas Henry of Florida

florida_henryHenry became the first player in Florida history to win the Ray Guy Award, an award presented to the nation’s top punter, at The Home Depot College Football Awards in Orlando. Henry was one of three finalists in 2009 and one of 10 semifinalists in 2008. The only other Florida punter that has been a semifinalist for the award was Eric Wilbur in 2005. With the award, Henry beat out 2009 Ray Guy recipient Drew Butler (Georgia) and Iowa’s Ryan Donahue. In addition, Henry was honored at the awards with a spot on the 2010 Walter Camp All-America first team. Henry’s 44 punts for 2,042 yards (46.4 avg.) this season is not only the highest average in the country, but stands as the best average in Florida history. Additionally, 14 of his 34 punts (41.2 percent) have been 50 yards or more through 12 games. Sixteen of his punts have landed inside the 20-yard line and 13 have been fair caught. MORE ON HENRY


2009: Drew Butler of Georgia

uga_butlerUniversity of Georgia All-American Drew Butler is named the winner of the 2009 Ray Guy Award. Butler led the nation in punting with a 48.8 average on 50 punts. Butler and the Bulldogs also lead the NCAA in net punting (42.8). Butler became only the third Bulldog in school history to lead the NCAA in punting (Zeke Bratkowski, 1953, 42.6; Bobby Walden, 1958, 45.3). He was named First-Team All-America by Walter Camp, American Football Coaches, Football Writers Association of America, Associated Press and Sporting News. Butler continued to excel throughout his college career, averaging 45.2 yards on 168 total punts. He placed 60 inside the opponent’s 20-yard line. MORE ON BUTLER


2008 Award: Matt Fodge of Oklahoma State

osu_fodgeOklahoma State's Matt Fodge named the 2008 Ray Guy Award winner as the nation's top collegiate punter, announced by the Augusta Sports Council. Fodge, a senior from Garland, Texas, is OSU's first-ever Ray Guy Award winner. He averaged 44.1 yards on 31 punts this season, including 17 that were downed inside the opponent's 20-yard line. A second-team All-Big 12 performer, Fodge had a net punt average of just under 41 yards. Opponents returned just 10 of Fodge's punts and managed only 51 return yards. MORE ON FODGE


2007 Award: Durant Brooks of Georgia Tech

durant_brooks_mugGeorgia Tech senior Durant Brooks was named the winner of the 2007 Ray Guy Award. Brooks beat out finalists Kevin Huber from Cincinnati and Toledo's Brett Kern to win the award for the first time. He was also a finalist in 2006. One of the top punters in Georgia Tech and ACC history, Brooks was a two-time first team All-ACC selection. In 2007, Brooks was fourth nationally in punting (45.5). Nearly half (30 of 61) of his punts were downed inside the 20 yard line. He booted a career-high 77-yarder against North Carolina and the average starting position for opponents following a Brooks punt was the 18-yard line. MORE ON BROOKS


2006 Award: Daniel Sepulveda of Baylor

timeline_sepulveda_mugThe first two-time Ray Guy Award winner, Daniel Sepulveda was also a two-time first-team All-American in both 2004 and 2006. NFL Career: Fourth-round pick (112th overall to Pittsburgh). Sepulveda signed a three-year contract for $1.46 million with the Steelers on May 31, 2007; Punted a total of 221 times in 52 games over four seasons with a career average of 43.7 yards per punt and a career long of 66 yards in 2011; Was on the Super Bowl XLIII championship squad. MORE ON SEPULVEDA


2005 Award: Ryan Plackemeier of Wake Forest

ryan_plackemeier_timelineRyan Plackemeier, the Ray Guy Award winner in 2005, was a three-time first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection (2003, ’04, ’05); Unanimous first-team All-American in 2005; Led the nation in punting (47.2 average) and net punting (41.4) in 2005. Plackemeier crushed 13 punts more than 60 yards in 2005, with his longest being an 82-yarder. Seventh-round pick (239th overall to Seattle). Plackemeier appeared in 43 total games (33 with the Seahawks, 10 with the Redskins); Averaged 45.0 yards per punt as a rookie in 2006; Racked up 236 total punts for 9,955 yards. MORE ON PLACKEMEIER


2004 Award: Daniel Sepulveda of Baylor

timeline_sepulveda_mugOriginally a walk-on linebacker at Baylor, Sepulveda became the Bears’ starting punter as a redshirt freshman despite not having punted since junior high; the first two-time Ray Guy Award winner, he was also a two-time first-team All-American in both 2004 and 2006. Sepulveda’s grades (3.46 cumulative GPA) earned him academic All-Big 12 honors four straight years. MORE ON SEPULVEDA


2003 Award: B.J. Sander of Ohio State

bjsander_timelineB.J. Sander, the 2003 Ray Guy Award winner, started just one season at Ohio State University, in which he led the Big Ten in net punting with a 41.2-yard average. He won the punting job as a redshirt freshman before losing it to a walk-on the next fall, and then he spent nearly two seasons on the bench. Of Sander’s 75 punts, 36 were downed inside the 20-yard line. Sander was a third-round NFL pick (87th overall to Green Bay). Sander tallied 64 punts in his only NFL season, averaging 39.2 yards per punt in 14 total games in 2005. MORE ON SANDER


2002 Award: Mark Mariscal of Colorado

mark_mariscal_timelineAs a junior Mark Mariscal, the 2002 Ray Guy Award winner, set an NCAA Division I record for most punts of 50 yards or more, with 29; A first-team All-Big 12 selection and first-team All-American in 2002. A total of 16 Mariscal punts were downed inside the 20-yard line. Undrafted in NFL (signed with New Orleans). He never appeared in an official game. Mariscal kicked and punted for the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League for six games in 2004. MORE ON MARISCAL


2001 Award: Travis Dorsch of Purdue

travis_dorsch_timelineTravis Dorsch played both football and baseball as a Boilermaker. His school football records include career scoring (355 points), career field goals (69) and career punting average (48.4). He became the first Big Ten Conference athlete to be named as a first-team All-Conference selection as both a punter and a placekicker and was a consensus All-American in 2001. Dorsch paced the nation with his 48.4 yards per punt in 2001, a statistic that put him in a fourth-place tie for the all-time mark in NCAA history. Fourth-round NFL pick (111th overall to Cincinnati). Dorsch kicked in just one game in the NFL, punting five times for an average of 32.4 yards a boot for the Bengals. MORE ON DORSCH


2000 Award: Kevin Stemke of Wisconsin

stemke_timelineKevin Stemke, the first Ray Guy Award winner, averaged a school-best 43.9 yards per kick as a freshman, and later broke his own mark as a senior with 44.5 yards per punt (third best in nation). He also holds a Wisconsin school record for total punting yards (10,660). Stemke’s net yards average as a senior was the best mark in the nation. Stemke was undrafted in the NFL (Signed by Green Bay in 2001). Stemke played in eight career NFL games — two with Oakland in 2002 and six with St. Louis in 2004. He averaged 40.2 yards per punt in 33 total kicks (long was 56). MORE ON STEMKE


Ray Guy Award created

asc_logo_1The 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.