Oct. 25, 2013
By Max Lerner
Athletic Media Relations
Colorado State punter Hayden Hunt has been named a candidate for the Ray Guy Award given annually to the nation’s top punter.
This is Hunt’s first time being named to the prestigious list, and is the second year in a row that a Rams' punter has earned consideration for the award. Last season, CSU punter Pete Kontodiakos also was named a candidate for the Ray Guy Award.
Hunt, a native of Long Beach, Calif., has registered a 41.2 yards-per-punt average through seven games this season, which ranks 41st in the nation.
The list will be narrowed to 10 semi-finalists to be announced on Nov. 8. Following the semi-finalists announcement, a national body of Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) sports information directors, coaches, media representatives and previous Ray Guy Award winners will vote for the top three finalists, who will be identified on Nov. 25. The voting body will then cast ballots to select the winner.
The presentation of the Ray Guy Award will be featured on The Home Depot College Football Awards live on Thursday, Dec. 12 at 7:30 p.m., ET on ESPN. The show, hosted by ESPN’s Chris Fowler, Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit and Desmond Howard will feature live presentation of nine player awards, along with the recipients of Disney’s Spirit Award, The Home Depot Coach of the Year Award, the NCFAA (National College Football Awards Association) Contributions to College Football Award, and student-athletes selected to the Walter Camp All-America Team.
The Augusta Sports Council created the Ray Guy Award in 2000 to honor Thomson, Ga., native and College Football Hal 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.
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