AUGUSTA, Ga. --- Texas A&M junior punter Justin Brantly has been named to the Ray Guy Award “watch list” for the second straight season, the Greater Augusta Sports Council announced. The award, which is named for the former Oakland Raiders punter, is given annually to the nation’s top collegiate punter.
Brantly, from Sealy, Texas, is currently averaging 42.1 yards on 12 punts and has put three inside the opponent’s 20-yard line. For his career, Brantly is averaging 43.6 yards per boot and has put 27 punts inside the opponent’s 20.
Brantly’s 43.6 career average ranks No. 2 in school history behind former A&M All-American and current Oakland Raider punter Shane Lechler, who averaged an NCAA record 44.7 per punt from 1996-99.
The Ray Guy Award is determined by a national selection committee made up of sports writers, college football coaches, sports information directors, past Ray Guy Award winners, and members designated by the Greater Augusta Sports Council. Among the statistics used to identify the Ray Guy Award winner are total yardage punted, number of times a punt is downed or kicked out of bounds inside the opponents 20-yard line, net average, average returned yardage, and percentage of punts not returned. It is also of importance for the award winner to display team leadership, self-discipline, and to have a positive impact on the team’s success.
The Ray Guy Award watch-list will be narrowed to 10 semi-finalists, to be announced in early-November. The national voting body will then vote for the top three finalists who will be announced at the end of November. The award will be presented live on ESPN December 6, 2007 during the Home Depot College Football Awards Show.