JK Scott misses out on Ray Guy Award, given to Utah's Tom Hackett
The Ray Guy Award, the honor given to the nation’s best punter, was awarded to Utah’s Tom Hackett. Alabama punter JK Scott was one of the three finalists for the award.
Scott, just a true freshman, is deceptive in the sense that he doesn’t look like someone who would possess arguably the strongest leg power of anyone in college football. At just 6-foot-4, 185-pounds, Scott resembles more of a bean pole than a nationally recognized punter.
But size aside, Scott is one of the top punters in the nation, finishing third in punting average with 46.98 yards per punt. He was a constant weapon in the field position game for the No. 1 ranked Crimson Tide. Despite only punting the ball 48 times this season, 18 of those punts have gone at least 50 yards and 26 punts have fallen inside the opponent’s 20-yard line.
“The guy’s done a phenomenal job, especially thinking that he’s just a freshman,” Alabama head coach Nick Saban said back in November. You worry about guys like that being able to stay focused on what they need to do to be consistent, which he has done a really, really good job of. He has flipped the field position for us a bunch this year.”
With three more seasons left at Alabama, Scott is off to a great start in regard to becoming one of the school’s most decorated and accomplished punters in Alabama history.
Idaho’s Austin Rehkow was the other finalist for the Ray Guy Award.