Nov. 11, 2011
AUBURN - Auburn sophomore punter Steven Clark has been named one of 10 semifinalists for the Ray Guy Award, the Augusta Sports Council announced Friday. The group was chosen from a pool of 54 nominees for the award recognizing the nation's top punter.
The candidates were evaluated on their overall statistics and contribution to the team. Particular emphasis was placed on the punter's net average, percentage of total punts inside the 20-yard line and percentage of punts not returned. A national voting body of Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) coaches, sports information directors, national media and former Ray Guy Award winners will decide the three award finalists, who will be announced on Nov. 21. Voters will then cast a second round of ballots to decide the winner.
Clark is one of 10 semifinalists including Ryan Allen (Louisiana Tech), Ian Campbell (Texas-El Paso), Bobby Cowan (Idaho), Scott Kovanda (Ball State), Richie Leone (Houston), Pat O'Donnell (Cincinnati), Jackson Rice (Oregon), Brian Schmiedebusch (Bowling Green) and Brad Wing (LSU).
Clark, a native of Kansas City, Mo., has 55 punts this season with an average of 40.1 yards per punt. He has 25 punts inside the 20, a mark that ranks him tops in the Southeastern Conference and tied for second in the nation.
With 25 fair catches and two touchbacks, only eight of Clark's punts have even been returned this season for just 41 yards. For his efforts this season, Clark has twice been named the SEC Special Teams Player of the Week.
The presentation of the Ray Guy Award will be featured on The Home Depot College Football Awards live on Thursday, Dec. 8 at 8 p.m. CT on ESPN.