NOTE: CollegeFootballPoll.com's Dave Congrove is a voting member of the Ray Guy Award.
Augusta, GA (July 27, 2022) - The Augusta Sports Council is pleased to announce the pre-season watch list for the 2022 Ray Guy Award, which honors the nation’s top collegiate punter in the FBS.
The 48 candidates on the list incorporate a broad spectrum of Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) punters. The 2022 watch list was compiled based on the 2021 Ray Guy Award Semifinalist List, the top ten NCAA Punters from 2021, the 2021 All-Conference teams, the 2021 All-American Teams, the 2022 pre-season All-Conference Teams and eligible punters on the 2021 watchlist.
The number of eligible candidates for this season will grow when the award opens nominations on July 28. The complete list of candidates will be released on November 2nd. In mid-November, the Ray Guy Award committee will meet to select the ten semifinalists, who will be announced on November 8th. A national body of Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) sports information directors, media representatives and previous Ray Guy Award winners will then vote for the top three finalists to be announced on November 18th. After the finalists are named, the voting body will cast ballots again to select the nation’s top punter. The winner will be announced live during The Home Depot College Football Awards airing on ESPN in December 2022.
2022 Preseason Watchlist
|Alex Mastromanno||Florida State|
|Anthony Beck II||Georgia Southern|
|Austin McNamara||Texas Tech|
|Ben Kiernan||North Carolina|
|Bernardo Rodriguez||North Texas|
|Bryce Baringer||Michigan State|
|Dom Dzioban||Miami (OH)|
|Ethan Duane||Old Dominion|
|Ivan Mora||Wake Forest|
|Jack Brooks||South Alabama|
|Jacob Barnes||Louisiana Tech|
|Kai Kroeger||South Carolina|
|Kyle Ulbrich||Middle Tennessee|
|Luke Elzinga||Central Michigan|
|Mason Hunt||Southern Miss|
|Nick Mihalic||Western Michigan|
|Nik Constantinou||Texas A&M|
|Ryan Hanson||Arkansas State|
|Stephen Kotsanlee||Utah State|
|Tom Hutton||Oklahoma State|
|Ty Zentner||Kansas State|
About the Ray Guy Award
The Augusta Sports Council created the Ray Guy Award in 2000 to honor Thomson, Georgia native and College and Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee, Ray Guy. Among the statistics used to identify the winner is net punting average, number of times 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 with particular emphasis placed on net punting average. The winner must display team leadership, self-discipline and have a positive impact on the team's success.
About the Augusta Sports Council
The Augusta Sports Council (ASC) enriches the quality of life and economic well-being for the Augusta metropolitan area by supporting and attracting sporting activities. To learn more, visit RayGuyAward.com.
Following are the remaining 2022 preseason watch list release dates:
Thurs., July 28: Paul Hornung Award / Wuerffel Trophy
Fri., July 29: Walter Camp Award
Mon., Aug. 1: Bednarik Award