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Contact: Randy DuTeau

Greater Augusta Sports Council

706.722.8326

randy@augustasportscouncil.org

 

For Immediate Release: November 1, 2007

 

 

Top Ten Announced for 2007 Ray Guy Award

56 nominated for collegiate punting top honor.

 

Augusta, GA (November 1, 2007) – The Greater Augusta Sports Council announced today the top ten semi-finalists for the 2007 Ray Guy Award, which identifies the nation’s top collegiate punter. This year 56 punters were nominated for the honor. Each of the punters on the list was evaluated on his overall statistics and contribution to the team. Particular emphasis was placed on the following categories: net average, percentage of total punts inside the 20-yard line, average return yardage, and percentage not returned.

 

The award is named for Thomson, Georgia resident Ray Guy, a 2004 College Football Hall of Fame Inductee and perennial candidate for the National Football League Hall of Fame. Guy, who played with the Oakland Raiders from 1973 to 1986, is, perhaps, the first punter who could change the make-up of a game with his kicking style.  It is said “hang-time” was added to football vernacular because of Ray Guy, who was known for his soaring kicks and deadly precision. This namesake award, created by the Greater Augusta Sports Council, was begun in 2000. Mr. Guy said about this year’s candidates, “It is obvious this outstanding group of punters have focused on team success instead of individual accomplishments. Everyone on our top-ten list have performed unselfishly, qualifying each to be worthy of being named the nation’s top punter.”

 

A national voting body of Division 1-A coaches, sports information directors, national media, and former punters will decide the three award finalists, and ultimately the winner of this year’s award. The winner will be announced live on ESPN during the Home Depot College Football Awards show, Thursday, December 6, 2007. The winner will again be honored at the Greater Augusta Sports Award Gala in early 2008.

 

2007 Ray Guy Award Semi-Finalist

 

                       Name

                          School

                          Class

                     Durant Brooks

                         Georgia Tech

                          Senior

                      Keenyn Crier

                        Arizona

                         Freshman

                     Kevin Huber

                         Cincinnati

                         Junior

                    Brett Kern

                         Toledo

                         Senior

                  Andrew Larson

                         California

                         Senior

                  Chris Miller

                          BallState

                         Junior

                  Tim Reyer

                         KansasState

                        Senior

                   Louie Sakoda

                        Utah

                        Junior

                    AJ Trapasso

                         OhioState

                        Junior

                   Ben Woods

                        Buffalo

                       Senior