Wednesday July 10, 2013Florida's Kyle Christy Named to 2013 Ray Guy Award Watch List
University of Florida punter Kyle Christy has been named to the 2013 Ray Guy Award watch list, announced by the Augusta Sports Council on Wednesday. Christy is one of four semifinalists and the only finalist from 2012 to be named to the watch list, which consists of 25 punters from collegiate programs.
Christy, a junior from Brownsburg, Ind., is ranked second in school history with a 44.3 yards per punt average. He set a school record for single-game punt average against South Carolina in 2012 with a 54.3 yard per punt average. Christy also set a school record in 2012 with a season average of 45.8 yards per punt.
The Ray Guy Award is presented annually to the nationís best collegiate punter. The number of eligible candidates for this season will grow when the award opens for nominations in September. The complete list of candidates will be released on October 25. In early November, the Ray Guy Award committee will meet to select the ten semi-finalists, who will be announced on November 8. A national body of Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) sports information directors, coaches, media representatives, and previous Ray Guy Award winners will then vote for the top three finalists, to be announced on November 25. After the finalists are named, the voting body will cast ballots again to select the nationís top punter. The winner will be announced live during The Home Depot College Football Awards airing on ESPN on Thursday, December 12, 2013.
The 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 voting body of sports writers, college coaches, sports information directors, and past Ray Guy Award winners. Among the statistics used to identify the winner is net punting average, number of times a punt is downed or kicked out of bounds inside the opponents 20-yard line, total yardage punted, average returned yardage, and percentage of punts not returned. The winner must display team leadership, self-discipline, and have a positive impact on the teamís success.