Three SEC punters semifinalists for Ray Guy Award
South Carolina’s Joseph Charlton, Kentucky’s Max Duffy and Florida’s Tommy Townsend each became a semifinalist for the Ray Guy Award on Monday, The Ray Guy Award has been given annually to the nation’s top punter in FBS since 2000.
Most notably, though, this means Texas A&M punter Braden Mann is one of the most well-known snubs for the award.
Duffy leads the SEC with 48.28 yards per punt, which is also second in the entire country. Charlton isn’t far behind with an average of 48.03 yards per punt. That’s ranked fourth in the nation.
Townsend is averaging 44.8 yards per punt, which is fifth-best in the conference. But interestingly, Mann has a superior average than both Charlton and Townsend 48.21. Mann is also the defending Ray Guy Award recipient, so even though his average per punt is down a little from last year, it’s rather odd that he isn’t a semifinalist this season.
Two SEC punters have previously won the Ray Guy award — Drew Butler and Chase Henry, from Georgia and Florida. Based on the number of nominees, though, the SEC has a great chance to add to that total. No other conference can equal the three semifinalists the SEC has nominated.
The ACC and American Athletic Conference are second as the only other conferences with at least two semifinalists.