Ray Guy Award

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Ray Guy Award

The Ray Guy Award – named for football’s premier punter – honors the nation’s best collegiate punter. The Augusta Sports Council created the award in 2000. Along with awards such as the Heisman Trophy and the Doak Walker Award, the Ray Guy Award honors one of the most important members of any football team. The ASC presents the award live each year on The Home Depot College Football Awards broadcast on ESPN from Atlanta, Georgia.

The Ray Guy Award winner is selected by a national voting body of Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) coaches, sports information directors, national media and former Ray Guy Award winners. Punters are evaluated on their overall statistics and contribution to the team. Particular emphasis is placed on the following statistics: net average, percentage of total punts inside the 20-yard line and percentage of punts not returned.

Augusta orthopedic surgeon and sculptor Dr. John Savage Jr. created the bronze Ray Guy Award trophy in the likeness of the punting legend.


2016 Ray Guy Award Pre-Season Watch List 

Will Gleeson (Jr.), Ole Miss

Hayden Hunt (RS Sr.), Colorado State

Cameron Johnston (Sr.), Ohio State

Dalton Parks (Sr.), Tulsa 

Johnny Townsend (RS Jr.), Florida 

Austin Rehkow (Sr.), Idaho 

Joseph Davidson (RS Jr.), Bowling Green

Dalton Schomp (RS Sr.), FAU

JK Scott (Jr.), Alabama 

Austin Seibert (Soph.), Oklahoma 

Justin Vogel (Sr.), Miami 

Trevor Daniel (RS Jr.), Tennessee

Toby Baker (Sr.), Arkansas

Sam Foltz (Sr.), Nebraska 

Nick Walsh (Soph.), Kansas State

Alex Boy (Sr.), Nevada 

Michael Carrizosa (Jr.), San Jose State 

Matt Haack (Sr.), Arizona State

Ryan Winslow (RS Jr.), Pittsburgh 

Worth Gregory (Sr.), East Carolina 

Nick Porebski (RS Jr.), Oregon State

Tyler Sarazzin (Sr.), Southern Miss

Colin Downing (Jr.), Iowa State

Justin Wain (RS Sr.), Connecticut 

Logan Laurent (RS Jr.), Massachusetts

Ethan Wood (Sr.), Wyoming

Jonny Linehan (Sr.), BYU


2016 Ray Guy Award Timeline

October 28, 2016 - Final Candidate List Announced 

November 11, 2016 - Semi-Finalists Announced

November 22, 2016 - Finalists Announced

December 8, 2016 - Winner Announced at College Football Awards 

About Ray Guy

A native of Thomson, Georgia, Ray Guy lettered in both baseball and football at Southern Mississippi, but his football exploits are legendary. In his first collegiate game, Guy booted a 77 yard punt - one of three times in his career that he had kicks of over 70 yards. His career average over three varsity seasons was 44.7 yards, including the 1972 season when he averaged 46.2 yards per kick and was a unanimous choice for All American. He capped his college career with a punt that went a whopping 93 yards.

In 1973, Guy became the first pure punter ever drafted in the first round of the NFL draft. In 14 years with the Oakland Raiders, Guy was an integral weapon in propelling the Raiders to three Super Bowl titles and appeared in seven Pro Bowls.

In 2004, Ray Guy was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame, becoming the first punter to achieve the honor. In August of 2014, he was inducted in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. 



All-Time Award Recipients

2015 Tom Hackett, Utah

2014 Tom Hackett, Utah

2013 Tom Hornsey, Memphis

2012 Ryan Allen, Louisiana Tech

2011 Ryan Allen, Louisiana Tech

2010 Chas Henry, University of Florida 

2009 Drew Butler, University of Georgia 

2008 Matt Fodge, Oklahoma State University

2007 Durant Brooks, Georgia Tech

2006 Daniel Sepulveda, Baylor University

2005 Ryan Plackemeier, Wake Forest University

2004 Daniel Sepulveda, Baylor University

2003 B.J. Sander, Ohio State University

2002 Mark Mariscal, University of Colorado

2001 Travis Dorsch, Purdue University

2000 Kevin Stemke, University of Wisconsin 




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 22 awards boast over 700 years of tradition-selection excellence. Visit www.NCFAA.org to learn more about their story. 

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