Tuesday January 8, 2013Christy Earns 2012 CFPA Punter Trophy
Sophomore punter Kyle Christy (Brownsburg, Ind.) has won the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) Punter Trophy, announced by the organization on Tuesday.
Christy is the fourth Gator to earn CFPA annual honors, following Andre Debose (2010), Chas Henry (2010), and Caleb Sturgis (2011).
Christy, who was a Ray Guy Award finalist and leading punter in the SEC this season, averaged 45.8 yards per punt in 2012. Of his 66 total punts, Christy contributed 25 punts of 50-plus yards and 27 punts inside the 20-yard line. He finished the season fifth in the nation in punting and was named an All-American by Walter Camp and CBSSports.com while also placing on the First-Team Coaches’ All-SEC team.
He was the SEC Special Teams Player of the Week following his performance against South Carolina where he established a single-game school record with a 54.3 yard per punt average and a season-best kick of 62 yards. In addition, he had a career-high four punts inside the 20 yard line against Louisiana.
The goal of the CFPA is to provide the most scientifically rigorous conferment’s in college football. The CFPA recognizes weekly, annual, and multi-season (career) award recipients – selected based upon objective scientific rankings of the extent to which individual players increase the overall effectiveness of their teams.
Christy will be honored for his prolific 2012 season during the first half of the men’s basketball game vs. Georgia on Wednesday night. The game is set to begin at 7 p.m. ET.