Oct. 15, 2008
LAS VEGAS - UNLV senior Dack Ishii (Huntington Beach, CA) has been added to the official Watch List for the Ray Guy Award, the Greater Augusta Sports Council announced.
The Ray Guy is awarded to the nation's top punter each season and determined by a national selection committee made up of sportswriters, college football coaches, sports information directors and past Ray Guy winners.
Ishii (pronounced "e-SHE-e") is a remarkable story because he is the Rebels' third-string quarterback and had never punted in a college game before 2008. The former walk-on transfer from the University of Tennessee and graduate of Knoxville Catholic High School had only appeared in two games in the previous two seasons but this fall took over as the holder on extra points and field goals while also winning the punting job.
Through six games, Ishii has punted 30 times for an average of 43.6 yards per attempt, which ranks second in the Mountain West Conference and 18th in the nation. One-third of his punts have landed inside opponents' 20-yard lines and he has booted seven 50 yards or longer, including a season-best 63-yarder at Utah. Among the statistics used to identify the Ray Guy Award winner are total yardage punted, number of times a punt is downed or kicked out of bounds inside the opponents 20-yard line, net average, average returned yardage, and percentage of punts not returned. It is also of importance for the award winner to display team leadership, self-discipline, and to have a positive impact on the team's success.
The Ray Guy Award Watch List will be narrowed to 10 semi-finalists, to be announced in early November. The national voting body will then vote for the top three finalists who will be announced at the end of November. The award will be presented live on ESPN in December during the Home Depot College Football Awards Show.