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Ben Rhyne
Ben Rhyne for Ray Guy Award
Courtesy: Kurt Svoboda @ksvoboda  
Release: 10/25/2013

AUGUSTA, Ga. –   Stanford University senior punter Ben Rhyne is among 85 candidates for the 2013 Ray Guy Award, which identifies the nation’s top collegiate punter. Candidates were nominated for the award by their schools.

Rhyne has had a solid season, averaging 41.8 yards per punt with 12 placed inside the opposing team’s 20 yards line. Above the statistical numbers, Rhyne has had outstanding hang time and opposing teams have returned just 13 punts for 4.2 yards per return.

The list will be narrowed to ten semi-finalists to be announced on November 8. Following the semi-finalists announcement, a national body of Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) sports information directors, coaches, media representatives and previous Ray Guy Award winners will vote for the top three finalists, who will be identified on November 25. The voting body will then cast ballots to select the winner.

The presentation of the Ray Guy Award will be featured on The Home Depot College Football Awards live on Thursday, December 12 at 7:30 pm ET on ESPN. The show, hosted by ESPN’s Chris Fowler, Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit and Desmond Howard will feature live presentation of nine player awards, along with the recipients of Disney’s Spirit Award, The Home Depot Coach of the Year Award, the NCFAA (National College Football Awards Association) Contributions to College Football Award, and student-athletes selected to the Walter Camp All-America Team.

The Augusta Sports Council created the Ray Guy Award in 2000 to honor Thomson, Georgia native and College Football Hal of Fame inductee, Ray Guy. The Ray Guy Award winner is determined by a national voting body of sports writers, college coaches, sports information directors, and past Ray Guy Award winners. Among the statistics used to identify the winner is net punting average, number of times a punt is downed or kicked out of bounds inside the opponents 20-yard line, total yardage punted, average returned yardage, and percentage of punts not returned. The winner must display team leadership, self-discipline, and have a positive impact on the team’s success. Learn more about the Ray Guy Award at www.RayGuyAward.com

2013 Ray Guy Award Candidates

·  Zach Paul, Akron

·  Cody Mandell, Alabama

·  Sam Irwin-Hill, Arkansas

·  Steven Clark, Auburn

·  Spencer Roth, Baylor

·  Nate Freese, Boston College

·  Brian Schmiedebusch, Bowling Green State University

·  Scott Arellano, BYU

·  Cole Leininger, California

·  Richard Hogan, Central Michigan

·  Darragh O’Neill, Colorado

·  Hayden Hunt, Colorado State

·  Cole Wagner, Connecticut

·  Will Monday, Duke

·  Trent Tignor, East Carolina

·  Austin Barnes, Eastern Michigan

·  Kyle Christy, Florida

·  Cason Beatty, Florida State

·  Sean Poole, Georgia Tech

·  Richie Leone, Houston

·  Austin Rehkow, Idaho

·  Justin DuVervois, Illinois

·  Connor Kornbrath, Iowa

·  Kirby Van Der Kamp, Iowa State

·  Trevor Pardula, Kansas

·  Mark Krause, Kansas State

·  Anthony Melchiori, Kent State

·  Landon Foster, Kentucky

·  Justin Manton, Louisiana-Monroe

·  Logan McPherson, Louisiana Tech

·  Ryan Johnson, Louisville

·  Tyler Williams, Marshall

·  Nathan Renfro, Maryland

·  Tom Hornsey, Memphis

·  Pat O’Donnell, Miami (FL)

·  Zac Murphy, Miami (OH)

·  Mike Sadler, Michigan State

·  Josh Davis, Middle Tennessee

·  Peter Mortell, Minnesota

·  Baker Swedenburg, Mississippi State

·  Christian Brinser, Missouri

·  Pablo Beltran, Navy

·  Sam Foltz, Nebraska

·  Chase Tenpenny, Nevada

·  Ben Skaer, New Mexico

·  Cayle Chapman-Brown, New Mexico State

·  Thomas Hibbard, North Carolina

·  Tyler Wedel, Northern Illinois

·  Kyle Brindza, Notre Dame

·  Cameron Johnston, Ohio State

·  Jed Barnett, Oklahoma

·  Kip Smith, Oklahoma State

·  Tyler Campbell, Ole Miss

·  Alejandro Maldonado, Oregon

·  Keith Kostol, Oregon State

·  Matt Yoklic, Pittsburgh

·  Cody Webster, Purdue

·  Nick Marsh, Rutgers

·  Jamie McConeghy, San Diego State

·  Mike Loftus, SMU

·  Ben Rhyne, Stanford

·  Riley Dixon, Syracuse

·  Ethan Perry, TCU

·  Paul Layton, Temple

·  Michael Palardy, Tennessee

·  Anthony Fera, Texas

·  Drew Kaser, Texas A&M

·  Will Johnson, Texas State

·  Zach Robinson, Texas State

·  Ryan Erxleben, Texas Tech

·  Vince Penza, Toledo

·  Will Scott, Troy

·  Peter Picerelli, Tulane

·  Hunter Mullins, UAB

·  Caleb Houston, UCF

·  Logan Yunker, UNLV

·  Kris Albarado, USC

·  Tom Hackett, Utah

·  Taylor Hudston, Vanderbilt

·  Alec Vozenilek, Virginia

·  A.J. Hughes Virginia Tech

·  Nicholas O’Toole, West Virginia

·  Hendrix Brakefield, Western Kentucky

·  Justin Schroeder, Western Michigan

·  Drew Meyer, Wisconsin


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