TWO MOUNTAIN WEST PUNTERS NAMED RAY GUY AWARD SEMIFINALISTS

AUGUSTA, Ga. – The Augusta Sports Council announced semifinalists for the Ray Guy Award on Friday morning and two Mountain West punters are on the list. Colorado State’s Hayden Hunt and San José State’s Michael Carrizosa are two of 10 semifinalists for the honor given to the nation’s top punter.

Hunt leads the country with a net punting average of 43.3, and his gross average per kick of 46.3 ranks fourth. The junior punter has boomed 11 of his 41 punts at least 50 yards and landed 19 kicks inside the 20-yard line. On the season, Hunt has only recorded one touchback.

Carrizosa ranks second among FBS punters with a gross average of 47.8 and third with a net punting average of 42.2. The sophomore from Salinas, California has placed 14 punts inside the 20-yard line and has booted 19 punts more than 50 yards.

The MW is one of four conferences with multiple semifinalists, joining the ACC, Pac-12 and SEC.

The candidates were evaluated on their overall statistics and contribution to the team. The Augusta Sports Council put emphasis on net average, percentage of total punts inside the 20-yard line and percentage of punts not returned.

On Nov. 24, three finalists will be announced and voters made up of FBS coaches, sports information directors, national media and former Ray Guy Award winners will cast a second round of ballots to decide the winner.