Nov. 8, 2013
Steven Clark receives the cheers during an Auburn Tiger Walk (Lauren Barnard photo)
By Charles Goldberg
AUBURN, Ala. -- Awards time is Steven Clark time.
The Auburn senior was named Friday a semifinalist for the Ray Guy Award, which goes to college football's top punter. It's the third straight year Clark has been named a semifinalist.
"I'm blessed to get to do something I love every day, but it always feels good to be recognized, especially by such a prestigious award," Clark said. "Ray Guy was one of the best to ever punt the football and such a class act when I met him. Any honor associated with him is especially valued by any punter. It's a privilege I definitely don't take for granted."
The winner will be announced Dec. 12.
Clark is a familiar name on the Ray Guy list. He's made the semifinal round the last three years and was a finalist in 2011.
Clark is averaging 42.5 yards per punt this season, including six of more than 50 yards, and 14 that have landed inside the opponents' 20-yard line. A master of hang time, only four of his 36 punts have been returned.
That's par for the course. Only five of 70 punts were returned last year when he averaged 39.8 yards per punt.
Clark is averaging 40.2 yards in his career. Sixty-two of his punts have landed inside the 20. He's had 25 punts of 50 yards or longer.
Thursday, Clark was named to the District 4 Capital One Academic All-District team.
Other semifinalists for the Ray Guy Award are Tom Hornsey of Memphis, Cameron Johnson of Ohio State, Drew Kaser of Texas A&M, Richie Leone of Houston, Cody Mandell of Alabama, Michael Palardy of Tennessee, Mike Sadler of Michigan State, Will Scott of Troy and Cody Webster of Purdue.
Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer for AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: Follow @AUGoldMine