The Florida Gators sophomore punter Kyle Christy was named a semi-finalist for the Ray Guy Award given annually to the nation’s best punter. Named for the legendary punter, the award is given based on a combination of statistics and overall contribution to the team. The voters emphasize three main areas of statistics: the punter’s net average, the percentage of punts downed inside the twenty yard line, and the percentage of punts that were not returned.
Currently, Christy is ranked fifth in the nation with a 46.74 yards per punt average helping Florida place second in net punting at 43.5 yards per punt with 16 returns totaling a measly 44 yards. Additionally, he has dropped a number of punts inside the twenty and has only had four touchbacks all season.
Christy was named the SEC special teams player of the week for his record setting performance against South Carolina where he finished the game with an average of 54 yards per punt. In that game, he had a 62 yard punt that is one of the longest of the season in the NCAA.
Christy has probably been the biggest weapon of all for the Gators this season, consistently booting them out of deep holes, keeping opponents from starting in good field position, and often dropping punts deep inside the twenty. His leg strength and accuracy should make him a shoo-in to make the final three for this award.
He joins place kicker Caleb Sturgis as award nominees. Sturgis was named earlier in the week as a semi-finalist for the Lou Groza Award which goes to the nation’s top placekicker.