TROY, Ala. – Troy University senior Will Scott is one of 10 semifinalists for the Ray Guy Award, the Augusta Sports Council announced Friday morning. Scott is the only semifinalist from a non-automatic qualifying conference for the award that is presented annually to the nation's most outstanding punter.
The candidates were evaluated on their overall statistics and contribution to the team. Particular emphasis was placed on the punter's average, percentage of total punts inside the 20-yard line and percentage of punts not returned.
Scott ranks seventh in the NCAA averaging 45.0 yards per punt. He entered the week ranked fourth with 26.8 percent of his punts downed inside the 10-yard line and seventh with 46.3 percent of his punts downed inside the 20-yard line.
The Lucedale, Miss., native would set a single-season Troy school record with his current yards-per-punt average and his 42.8 career average would also establish a new Troy record. Scott is one of three players in the country named to both the Ray Guy Award and the Lou Groza (place kicker) Award watch lists.
Scott is 11-of-15 this season on field goals and broke the school record – which he set last season – with a 53-yard field goal against Louisiana-Lafayette. He currently ranks 11th in Troy history with 164 career points scored and sixth with 28 career field goals made.
A national voting body of Football Bowl Subdivision coaches, sports information directors, national media and former Ray Guy Awards winners will decide the three award finalists, who will be announced on Nov. 25. Voters will then cast a second round of ballots to decide the winner.
2013 Ray Guy Award Semifinalists
Steve Clark – Auburn
Tom Hornsey – Memphis
Cameron Johnson – Ohio State
Drew Kaser – Texas A&M
Richie Leone – Houston
Cody Mandell – Alabama
Michael Palardy – Tennessee
Mike Sadler – Michigan State
Will Scott – Troy
Cody Webster - Purdue