Florida Gators sophomore punter Kyle Christy was named one of three finalists for the Ray Guy Award given annually to the nation’s top punter. The award was named in honor of Ray Guy, the former collegiate and NFL punting legend, and is given out by the Augusta Sports Council.
Christy is currently ranked fourth in the nation with a 46.29 average and has 24 punts over 50 yards which leads the nation. He has been a weapon all season for the Gators consistently flipping field position or pinning opponents deep in their own territory. Coach Muschamp has repeatedly praised Christy’s reliability and points to it as the reason they can protect the football by playing safe and conservative on offense.
The other finalists this season are last year’s winner Ryan Allen of Louisiana Tech and Ball State’s Scott Kovanda. Allen currently leads the nation with a 48.12 average with 19 punts of over 50 yards including an 85 yarder which is the longest in the nation. No punter has won the award twice which was first given out in 2000.
According to the Augusta Sports Council the award is given based upon overall statistics and contribution to their team. Particular emphasis is placed upon net average, percentage of punts placed inside the twenty yard line, and the number of punts not returned.
The award will be given out during the Home Depot College Football Awards Show Thursday December 6 at 7:30 pm EST live from the Disney Sports Complex.
Finalists will be highlighted on the Home Depot College Football Awards Nomination Show on ESPNU tonight at 6 pm EST. Hosted by Matt Shick, the show will include player interviews and analysis by Kevin Carter concerning Ray Guy finalists and other college football award finalists.
If Christy wins the award he will be the Gators second winner following Chas Henry who won the award in 2010.