Tyler Campbell Among Candidates For Ray Guy Award

OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM Tyler Campbell (photo by Joshua McCoy)
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Tyler Campbell (photo by Joshua McCoy)
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Oct. 25, 2013

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Ole Miss senior Tyler Campbell is among the candidates for the 2013 Ray Guy Award, which identifies the nation’s top collegiate punter, as announced Friday by the Augusta Sports Council.

Campbell is one of 85 candidates that were nominated for the award by their school’s sports information departments.

A native of Little Rock, Ark., Campbell is enjoying a fifth year of college in which he ranks third in the SEC and fifth nationally with a punting average of 45.6 yards. The 2010 NCAA punting champion as a sophomore, he redshirted his fourth year of college in 2012 so that he could play this year. His career average of 44.8 yards per punt is second-best in school history. This year, he has a season-long boot of 75 yards and has landed 10 punts inside the opponent’s 20-yard line.

The Ray Guy Award list will be narrowed to 10 semifinalists to be announced on Nov. 8. Following the semifinalists 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, who will be identified on Nov. 25. The voting body will then cast ballots to select the winner.

The presentation of the Ray Guy Award will be featured on The Home Depot College Football Awards live on Thursday, Dec. 12 at 6:30 p.m. CT on ESPN. The show, hosted by ESPN’s Chris Fowler, Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit and Desmond Howard will feature live presentation of nine player awards, along with the recipients of Disney’s Spirit Award, The Home Depot Coach of the Year Award, the NCFAA (National College Football Awards Association) Contributions to College Football Award and student-athletes selected to the Walter Camp All-America Team.

The Augusta Sports Council created the Ray Guy Award in 2000 to honor Thomson, Ga., native and College Football Hal of Fame inductee, Ray Guy. The Ray Guy Award winner is determined by a national voting body of sports writers, college coaches, sports information directors, and past Ray Guy Award winners. Among the statistics used to identify the winner is net punting average, number of times a punt is downed or kicked out of bounds inside the opponents 20-yard line, total yardage punted, 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. Learn more about the Ray Guy Award at www.RayGuyAward.com.

The Augusta Sports Council is a non-profit organization dedicated to marketing the Augusta area as a destination for amateur sporting events. The ASC attracts, creates and supports dozens of sporting events and activities each year, generating a positive economic impact and enhancing the quality of life for residents of the greater Augusta community. To learn more, visit www.augustasportscouncil.org.

The Ray Guy Award is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA) which encompasses the most prestigious awards in college football. The 21 awards boast 678 years of tradition-selection excellence. Visit www.NCFAA.org to learn more about our story.

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