Nov. 19, 2012
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Louisiana Tech punter Ryan Allen has been named a finalist for the Ray Guy Award the Augusta Sports Council announced Monday afternoon. This marks the second consecutive year Allen has been named a finalist for the award honoring the nation's top punter.
Allen currently leads in the nation in punting, averaging 48.12 yards per punt this season. That average is more than a yard better than any other punter.
Joining Allen on the list of finalists is Ball State's Scott Kovanda and Florida's Kyle Christy. Kovanda is currently averaging 40.5 yards per punt with six punts over 50 yards while Christy is averaging 46.3 yards per punt with 24 punts over 50 yards. Allen has 19 punts over 50 yards including an 85-yard punt at New Mexico State, the longest punt in the nation from any punter this season.
A native of Salem, Ore., Allen won the 2011 Ray Guy Award becoming the first punter from a non-AQ school to be named the nation's top punter. No punter has ever won the Ray Guy Award more than once.
The finalists were selected by a national voting body of Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) coaches, sports information directors, national media, and former Ray Guy Award winners. The voting body will cast a second round of ballots to decide the winner. The candidates were evaluated on their overall statistics and contribution to the team. Particular emphasis was placed on the punter's net average, percentage of total punts inside the 20-yard line and percentage of punts not returned.
The three Ray Guy Award finalists will be highlighted on ESPNU during The Home Depot College Football Awards Nomination Special airing Tuesday, Nov. 20 at 6 p.m. (ET). The 30-minute show, hosted by Matt Schick, will include player interviews and analysis from Kevin Carter surrounding finalists for the Ray Guy Award and other members of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA).
This year's Ray Guy Award winner will be revealed on ESPN during The Home Depot College Football Awards airing live from the Atlantic Dance Hall at Disney's BoardWalk at the Walt Disney World Resort on Thursday, Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m. (ET).
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 are 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.
Augusta Sports Council
The Augusta Sports Council (ASC), a non-profit organization dedicated to marketing the Augusta area as a destination for amateur sporting events, celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2011. 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. To learn more, visit www.augustasportscouncil.org.
National College Football Awards Association
The Ray Guy Award is a member of 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, www.ncfaa.org.
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