Tom Hornsey, who has raised his numbers each of his past three seasons as the University of Memphis’ punter and averaged 43.4 yards per punt last season, has been named to the preseason watch list for the 2013 Ray Guy Award. The honor annually recognizes the nation’s top collegiate punter.
The 25 candidates on the list announced Wednesday incorporate a broad spectrum of Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) punters. The list includes four semifinalists from last year.
Last year, Hornsey’s punting average ranked 19th nationally. In 2012, He placed 25 of his 60 punts inside opponents’ 20-yard line (42 percent). Of the 25 punts inside opponents’ 20, 15 of those punts were downed inside the 10 including eight inside the five.
For his career, the native of Gelong, Australia, has averaged 42.62 yards punting. He has placed 72 of his punts inside opponents’ 20-yard line during his career (31 percent) while 55 of his punts have been 50+ yards. Only eight of his 235 career punts have ended in the end zone for touchbacks.
He ranks second among active NCAA Bowl Subdivision punters in career punts (235) and first in career punting yards (10,015).
The number of eligible candidates for this season will grow when the award opens for nominations in September. The complete list of candidates will be released on Oct. 25. In early November, the Ray Guy Award committee will meet to select the ten semifinalists who will be announced on Nov. 8.
A national body of FBS sports information directors, coaches, media representatives and previous Ray Guy Award winners will then vote for the top three finalists to be announced Nov. 25. 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 College Football Awards, airing on ESPN on Thursday, Dec. 12.
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