COLLEGE FOOTBALL’S MOST OUTSTANDING PUNTER
The Ray Guy Award is presented annually to college football’s most outstanding punter as adjudged by the Augusta Sports Council. The award is named after punter Ray Guy, an All-American for Southern Mississippi and an All-Pro in the National Football League for the Oakland Raiders.
Punters are evaluated on their overall statistics and contribution to the team. Particular emphasis is placed on the following statistics; net average, percentage of total punts inside the 20-yard line, percentage of punts not returned, number of punts and gross average.
The Ray Guy Award winner is selected by a voting body of Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) sports information directors, national media and former Ray Guy Award winners.
THIS YEAR’S WINNER…
BRADEN MANN, P, TEXAS A&M AGGIES
It’s been a record-breaking season for Texas A&M’s punter Braden Mann.
Mann led the country with a 51.1 yard punting average, breaking former-LSU punter Chad Kessler’s FBS record of 50.28 ypp.
He set the record this year for the most 60-yard punts in a single season that was last reached in 2005 when Wake Forest’s Ryan Plackemeier had 13 punts of that distance. Against UAB, Mann booted his 14th 60-yard punt of the season, setting the new record.
Mann also broke the record for high gross punt average (60.4) in a single game by averaging 60.8 yards per punt against Alabama on Sept. 1.
His average is also the highest in school history surpassing Drew Kaser’s mark of 47.5 yards per punt during the 2015 season.
Season highlights include an 82-yard punt against #13 Kentucky; and punts of 69 and 73 yards against #2 Clemson.
By season’s end, Mann was voted an A.P. first-team All-American; and first-team All-SEC from both the A.P. and the SEC coaches.
The 2018 Ray Guy Award finalists included:
- Texas A&M – Braden Mann, junior
- Cincinnati – James Smith, sophomore
- Utah – Mitch Wishnowsky, senior