Augusta, Ga. - University of Missouri senior punter Jake Harry has been named to the candidate list for the 2009 Ray Guy Award, as announced today by the Augusta Sports Council. The award identifies the nation's top collegiate punter. The list will be narrowed to ten semi-finalists that will be named on November 13.
Harry has had an outstanding 2009 season, and is a major reason why Missouri has ranked in the top-10 in team net punting most of the year. The Tigers currently rank 9th in the NCAA in net punting, with an average of 40.14 per kick. Harry is averaging 42.23 yards per punt individually on 35 punts, with 12 of those ending inside the opponents' 20-yardline. He's got six boots of 50 yards or more on the year, including a career-long 69-yarder against Bowling Green. He'll get to test his wares this weekend in the thin-air altitude of Boulder, Colo., as the Tigers take on the Colorado Buffaloes Saturday at 12:30 p.m. (central time).
Following the semi-finalists announcement, a national body of Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) sports information directors, coaches, media representatives, and previous Ray Guy Award winners will vote for the top three finalists, and ultimately the winner. The winner will be announced live during the Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Show airing on ESPN December 10.
The Greater Augusta Sports Council created the Ray Guy Award in 2000 to honor Thomson, Georgia-native and College Football Hall of Fame inductee Ray Guy. The Ray Guy Award winner is determined by a national selection committee of football writers, FBS college coaches, sports information directors, and past Ray Guy Award winners. Among the statistics used to identify the winner are total yardage punted, number of times a punt is downed or kicked out of bounds inside the opponents 20-yard line, net average, average returned yardage, and percentage of punts not returned. The winner must display team leadership, self-discipline, and have a positive impact on the team's success.