July 11, 2012
Ray Guy Award watch list
Augusta, Ga. -- The Augusta Sports Council has announced the preseason watch list for the 2012 Ray Guy Award, which honors the nation's top collegiate punter. The 25 candidates on the list incorporate a broad spectrum of Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) punters.
Auburn's Steven Clark, a finalist for the Ray Guy Award last season, is among the list. Other returning Ray Guy Award semifinalists from 2011 include Ian Campbell (UTEP), Bobby Cowan (Idaho), Richie Leone (Houston), Pat O'Donnell (Cincinnati), Jackson Rice (Oregon), Brian Schmiedebusch (Bowling Green) and Brad Wing (LSU), as well as 2011 Ray Guy Award winner Ryan Allen of Louisiana Tech.
The number of eligible candidates for this season will grow when the award opens for nominations in September. The complete list of candidates will be released on October 26. In early November, the Ray Guy Award committee will meet to select the ten semi-finalists, who will be announced on November 9. A national body of Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) sports information directors, coaches, media representatives, and previous Ray Guy Award winners will then vote for the top three finalists, to be announced on November 19. After the finalists are named, the voting body will cast ballots again to select the nation's top punter. The winner will be announced live during The Home Depot College Football Awards airing on ESPN on Thursday, December 6.