Tom Malone Named A Semifinalist For The Ray Guy Award

Nov. 12, 2003

Sophomore Tom Malone has been named 1 of 10 semifinalists for the Ray Guy Award, given to the nation's top collegiate punter.

Malone is averaging 49.2 yards per punt in 2003. He led the nation in punting for 5 consecutive weeks this midseason and would still be the leader, but because of the efficiency of USC's offense he is 1 punt shy of having the NCAA-required minimum punts per game of 3.6 to be listed (he needs to punt 4 times at Arizona this week to re-enter the national stats). In fact, his 49.2 average is 1.5 yards above the current national leader!

He is aiming to become only the second Trojan to lead the country in punting (Des Koch did so in 1952 with a 43.5 average). His 49.2 punting average is way above Jim Wren's USC season record of 45.6, set in 1996 (and close to the Pac-10 season record of 49.3 set by UCLA's Kirk Wilson in 1956). So far in 2003, 21 of Malone's 32 punts have gone at least 50 yards and 17 have pinned opponents within the 20-yard line.

Joining him as 2003 Guy Award semifinalists are Washington State's Kyle Basler, Virginia Tech's Vinnie Burns, Tennessee's Dustin Colquitt, LSU's Donnie Jones, Nebraska's Kyle Larson, Pittsburgh's Andy Lee, Maryland's Adam Podlesh, Central Florida's Matt Prater and Ohio State's B.J. Sander.

The winner will be announced on Dec. 11.

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