Hornsey Announced as Ray Guy Award Candidate
Oct. 25, 2013
University of Memphis senior punter Tom Hornsey is on the list of candidates for the 2013 Ray Guy Award, which identifies the nation's top collegiate punter. The Augusta Sports Council announced the nominees on Friday.
Through six games, Hornsey is averaging 45.3 yards per punt which ranks seventh nationally. He has been a big part of why the Tigers lead the nation with a 43.93 net punting average. Beyond his punting average, Hornsey has had 14 of his 30 punts downed inside opponents' 20-yard line while having just one punt fall into the end zone for a touchback.
Earlier this season Hornsey was named the initial recipient of the Ray Guy Award Punter of the Week. The recognition came after averaging 49.6 yards on five punts in the Middle Tennessee game.
The list of 85 nominees for the Ray Guy Award will be narrowed to ten semifinalists on Nov. 8. Following the semifinalist announcement, a national body of Football Bowl Subdivision sports information directors, coaches, media representatives and previous Ray Guy Award winners will vote for the top three finalists which will be revealed on Nov. 25.
The presentation of the Ray Guy Award will be featured on The Home Depot College Football Awards live on Thursday, Dec. 12 at 6:30 p.m. 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.
In addition to being a leading candidate for the Ray Guy Award, Hornsey is a Midseason All-America selection by both the writers and editors at CBSSports.com and The Sporting News.