Chris MacDonald Named To Ray Guy Award Watchlist

Sept. 13, 2005

TEMPE, Ariz. - Sophomore punter Chris MacDonald has been named to the 2005 Ray Guy Award Watchlist, the award given annually to the top collegiate punter. MacDonald is one of only three sophomores to make the list of 40 punters.

Last season, MacDonald punted 64 times, averaging 43.1 yards a kick. 16 of those kicks were downed inside the 20-yard line. In two games this season, MacDonald has punted four times for an average of 48.5 yards a boot. He has twice placed the opponent inside the 20, including pinning LSU at its own one-yard line last Saturday.

The Ray Guy award will be presented to the nation's best collegiate punter as determined by a national selection committee made up of sports writers, college football coaches and sports information directors, former punters and members designated by the Greater Augusta Sports Council. 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.

The Ray Guy Award watch list will be narrowed to 10 semi-finalists to be announced in early-November. The national voting body will then vote for the top three finalists who will be announced at the end of November. On December 8, 2005 the top three finalists will be in Orlando, Florida for the Home Depot College Football awards show. The winner will be announced live on ESPN.

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