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Crier Named to Ray Guy Watch List
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 09/16/2008
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Sept. 16, 2008

Augusta, GA -  Arizona sophomore punter Keenyn Crier, whose 69-yard punt is the longest in the Pac-10 in 2008, has been named to the watch list for the Ray Guy Award, the Greater August Sports Council announced on Tuesday.

One of the most prestigious awards in college football, the Ray Guy Award is presented to the top punter in the nation. This year's watch list is headed up by Cincinnati Bearcat punter Kevin Huber, the only returning Top-3 finalist for the 2007 Ray Guy Award.

The watch list will be narrowed to ten semi-finalists in early-November. The national voting body will then vote for the top three finalists, and ultimately the winner. The top three finalists will be announced in late-November, and the winner of the Ray Guy Award, which is affiliated with the National College Football Awards Association, will be presented live on ESPN during the ESPNU-Home Depot College Football Awards Show on December 11, 2008.

The award's namesake, Ray Guy, arguably the greatest punter to play football, is excited about this year's prospects. "The award is becoming more competitive every year. And to me that means teams are placing a higher degree of importance on the role of the punter. It's a real honor to be associated with such a fine group of individuals who place more importance on the success of their team, than their own achievements."

About the Ray Guy Award
The Greater Augusta Sports Council created the Ray Guy Award to honor Thomson, Georgia-native and College Football Hall of Fame inductee Ray Guy, arguably the greatest punter to play football. The award was first presented in 2000. The Ray Guy Award is determined by a national selection committee made up of sports writers, college football coaches, sports information directors, and past Ray Guy Award winners. Among the statistics used to identify the Ray Guy Award 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. It is also of importance for the award winner to display team leadership, self-discipline, and to have a positive impact on the team's success.

About the Greater Augusta Sports Council
The Greater Augusta Sports Council (GASC) is a 501-c-3 not-for-profit organization established in 1992 to market the Augusta-area as a major amateur sports destination.  Annually, the organization attracts, supports, and creates numerous competitions and activities, at all levels of participation. 

About the National College Football Awards Association
The National College Football Awards Association was founded in 1997 as a coalition of major collegiate football awards. The purpose of the NCFAA is to protect, preserve and enhance the integrity, influence and prestige of college football's various awards. The NCFAA also encourages professionalism and the highest standards possible for administration of college football awards and the selection of their winners.

 

 

 

 

 

2008 Ray Guy Award Watch List

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bryan Anger

Freshman

California

Britt Barefoot

Senior

Southern Miss

Brent Bowden

Junior

Virginia Tech

Justin Brantly

Senior

Texas A & M

Terence Brown

Senior

North Carolina

Peter Caldwell

Sophomore

Utah State

T.J Conley

Senior

Idaho

Keenyn Crier

Sophomore

Arizona

Desi Cullen

Junior

Connecticut

Jeremy Davis

Senior

Arkansas

David Defatta

Junior

Middle Tennessee

Matthew DiLallo

Junior

Colorado

Andy Dittbenner

Senior

Northern Illinois

Ryan Donahue

Sophomore

Iowa

Derek Epperson

Sophomore

Baylor

Matt Fodge

Senior

Oklahoma State

Graham Gano

Senior

FSU

John Gold

Sophomore

Texas

Chas Henry

Sophomore

Florida

Kevin Huber

Senior

Cincinnati

Kevin Jones

Sophomore

Duke

Chris Keagle

Senior

LA Tech

Justin Kucek

Senior

Minnesota

Jonathan LaCour

Sophomore

Texas Tech

Rob Long

Sophomore

Syracuse

Scott Love

Junior

Louisiana-Monroe

Jimmy Maners

Senior

Clemson

Tim Masthay

Senior

Kentucky

Blake McAdams

Senior

Mississippi State

Pat McAfee

Senior

West Virginia

Zoltan Mesko

Junior

Michigan

Chris Miller

Senior

Ball State

Brian Mimbs

Senior

Georgia

Thomas Morstead

Senior

SMU

Aaron Perez

Senior

UCLA

Keegan Peterson

Junior

Florida Atlantic

Jake Richardson

Senior

Miami (Ohio)

Louie Sakoda

Senior

Utah

Brett Shrable

Senior

Arkansas State

Sam Swank

Senior

Wake Forest

Dan Titchener

Senior

Nebraska

A.J. Trapasso

Senior

Ohio State

Chase Turner

Junior

Houston

Swayze Waters

Senior

UAB

Jeff Wathne

Sophomore

Temple

Thomas Weber

Sophomore

Arizona State

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