The Augusta Sports Council announced today the preseason watch list for the 2011 Ray Guy Award, which honors the nation’s top collegiate punter. The preseason list recognizes the five returning Ray Guy Award semi-finalists from 2010. Among the notable punters is 2009 Ray Guy Award winner and 2010 Ray Guy Award Finalist, Drew Butler of Georgia.
The number of eligible candidates for this season will grow when the award opens for nominations in mid-August. The complete list of candidates will be released on October 28. In early November, the Ray Guy Award committee will meet to select the ten semi-finalists, who will be announced on November 11. 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 21. 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 ESPNU College Football Awards Show airing on ESPN on Thursday, December 8.
2011 Ray Guy Award Preseason Watch List
Bryan Anger (Sr.), California
Drew Butler (Sr.), Georgia
Kyle Martens (Sr.), Rice
Quinn Sharp (Jr.), Oklahoma State
Dawson Zimmerman (Sr.), Clemson