AUGUSTA, Georgia-- Texas A&M's Justin Brantly has been named to the 2008 Ray Guy Award watch list the Greater Augusta Sports Council has announced. The Ray Guy award is presented annually to the nation's top collegiate punter. The senior from Sealy, Texas is averaging an impressive 45.78 yards per punt in 2008, which ranks him first in the Big 12 and eighth nationally. In addition to the impressive yards per punt average, over half of Brantly's punts have been unreturnable by the opposition.
Brantly has been one of the most game-changing punters in the country since he finished the 2007 campaign with a bang. In last season's Alamo Bowl against Penn State, Brantly punted six times for a 55-yard average and pinned the Nittany Lions inside their own 20 twice. His efforts earned him a spot on the rivals.com All-Bowl team and shattered the school record for punting average in a bowl game, which was ironically previously set by Shane Lechler in the 1999 Alamo Bowl against Penn State.
On the last leg of an already stellar career, Brantly's career punting average of 44.03 is just shy of the school record of 44.7 set by former A&M All-American and current NFL All-Pro Shane Lechler. Over the course of the last four seasons, Brantly has deposited 43 punts inside the opponents 20 yard line and has 55 career 50-yard plus punts to his credit, including an 80-yarder against Colorado in 2005.
The watch list will be narrowed to ten semi-finalists in early-November. The national voting body will then vote for the top three finalists, and ultimately the winner. The top three finalists will be announced in late-November, and the winner of the Ray Guy Award, which is affiliated with the National College Football Awards Association, will be presented live on ESPN during the ESPNU-Home Depot College Football Awards Show on December 11, 2008.
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