Monday November 19, 2012Sturgis, Christy Named Finalist for National Awards
Redshirt senior kicker Caleb Sturgis (St. Augustine) and sophomore punter Kyle Christy (Brownsburg, Ind.) have been named finalists for the Lou Groza and Ray Guy Awards, respectively, announced by the organizations on Monday.
Sturgis is one of three finalists for the Lou Groza Award for the second-consecutive year as he was also up for the award for the nationís top placekicker in 2011 while placing as a semifinalist in 2009. The redshirt senior currently leads the Gators in scoring with 88 points this season and is 20-of-24 in field goals and 28-for-29 on point after attempts.
The St. Augustine, Fla. native is currently one made field goal shy of tying the UF career-made field goals record set by Jeff Chandler from 1997-2001. He currently leads the SEC in made field goals and field goal percentage (83.3) while ranking third in kicking scoring and fourth in overall scoring this season. He connected on 51-yard field goals against Bowling Green and Tennessee to start the 2012 season.
Sturgis became just the third Gator to score over 300 points in his career as Chandler (368) and Tim Tebow (342) are the only others in an Orange and Blue uniform to do so. For his career, Sturgis is 66-for-84 in field goals and 124-for-130 in point after attempts. He has made seven field goals of 50-yards or more in his career, the most in school history.
Christy is one of three finalists for the Ray Guy Award, which honors the top collegiate punter. In just his second season with the Gators, Christy has emerged as one of the top punters in the nation. Through10 games, the Brownsburg, Ind. native is fourth in the nation and leads the SEC in punting, averaging 46.3 yards per punt (58 punts, 2,685 yards).
He had a career performance on Oct. 20 against South Carolina, where he set the UF single-game record with a 54.3 punt average in the game, the second-best single-season average this year, on seven punts for 380 yards. He also holds a season-long punt of 62 yards against the Gamecocks and three 60-plus yard punts in his career.
Christy was also named the SEC Special Teams Player of the Week after the Gatorsí win over South Carolina.
Florida is the only school in the country to place both their punter and kicker on the Lou Groza and Ray Guy finalist lists. Sturgis and Christy will both attend the presentation of the Lou Groza and Ray Guy Awards that will be featured on The Home Depot College Football Awards live from Orlando on Thursday, December 6 at 7:30 pm ET on ESPN. In addition, Sturgis will be one of three guests of honor at the 21st Lou Groza banquet on December 4 in West Palm Beach where former Gator wide receiver Chris Doering will be the keynote speaker.