Ray Guy Award Watch List Announced
Five MWC punters among candidates for award honoring nation's top punter
Oct. 29, 2010
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Five Mountain West Conference football student-athletes have been named to the 2010 Ray Guy Award Watch List, announced today by the Augusta Sports Council.
New Mexico's Ben Skaer, San Diego State's Brian Stahovich, TCU's Anson Kelton, Utah's Sean Sellwood and Wyoming's Austin McCoy are among 51 candidates for the award, which is presented each year to the nation's top punter.
Skaer is averaging 40.6 yards per punt this season. The freshman from Waterloo, Ill., has five punts for 50 or more yards and five that have been downed inside the 20.
Stahovich, a junor from Solana Beach, Calif., ranks eighth nationally with a 46.2 punting average in 2010. Twelve of his 35 punts have landed inside the 20, while 14 have gone for 50+ yards, including a 67-yarder against Missouri that is tied for the third-longest punt in the league this season.
Kelton is averaging a career-best 42.0 yards in 2010. The junior from Fort Worth, Texas, has 25 punts with 12 inside the 20 and only three touchbacks. Four of his punts have gone for 50 or more yards.
Sellwood, a sophomore who hails from Salt Lake City, Utah, has punted 15 times for an average of 45.5 yards this season. Five of his punts have gone for 50 or more yards, while seven have been downed inside the 20.
McCoy is averaging 43.7 yards per punt in 2010. The junior from Winter Haven, Fla., has dropped 11 of his punts inside the 20, while 15 have gone 50+ yards, including a career-long boot of 74 yards against Boise State that ranks as the longest in the MWC this season.
The Greater Augusta Sports Council created the Ray Guy Award in 2000 to honor Thomson, Ga., native and College Football Hall of Fame inductee Ray Guy. In 1973, Guy became the first punter to be selected in the first round of the National Football League draft when he was chosen by Oakland. He went on to a standout 16-year career with the Raiders.
The winner of the 2010 Ray Guy Award will be announced live on the nationally-televised Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Show on the evening of December 9, 2010.