Award List Elementary For Watson|
Nov. 3, 2009
LAS VEGAS - UNLV senior Kyle Watson (Rancho Cucamonga, CA) and San Diego State sophomore Brian Stahovich are the only Mountain West Conference players among 42 candidates for the 2009 Ray Guy Award, given annually to the nation's top collegiate punter, the Greater Aguusta Sports Council recently announced.
Watson, a former transfer from Texas Southern, is averaging 42.3 yards per punt this season. He has dropped eight punts inside the 20 and has seven kicks of 50 or more yards. Last week at TCU, he punted for a career-high 11 times and saw five of those go 45 yards or longer, including three longer than 50. Watson also serves as the Rebels' placekicker and has never missed an extra point, going 26-26 in 2009, and hitting 8-11 field goal attempts this fall.
The list of Ray Guy Award candidates will be narrowed to 10 semifinalists that will be named on Nov. 13, 2009. Following the Nov. 13 announcement, a national body of Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) sports information directors, coaches, media representatives, and previous Ray Guy Award winners will vote for the top three finalists, and ultimately the winner. The winner will be announced live during the Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Show airing on ESPN December 10.
About the Ray Guy Award
The Greater Augusta Sports Council created the Ray Guy Award in 2000 to honor Thomson, Georgia-native and College Football Hall of Fame inductee Ray Guy. The Ray Guy Award winner is determined by a national selection committee of football writers, FBS college coaches, sports information directors, and past Ray Guy Award winners. Among the statistics used to identify the 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. The winner must display team leadership, self-discipline, and have a positive impact on the team's success.